They’ve tried Tampa 2 and the Nine Wide and whatever the past three seasons have been, all with limited success.
Glenn said Wednesday: “The first thing we’ll do that we’re going to do as a crew, we’ll make sure it’s not schemes and then players.” “They are players and we make sure that we fit them according to a scheme. This is our goal # 1, which is to put players in a position to succeed.”
To that end, Glenn said it is too early to say whether the Lions will manage a 3-4 or 4-3 basic defense this fall, and it will be “multi”, making the defense suitable for the players on their roster.
The Lions have used elements from the odd and doubles front in the past, including in the 2018-20 season under former coach Matt Patricia.
They allow The franchise records both in points and allowed squares in the last season, And finished in the lower half of the NFL scoring defenses for each of the past four years.
Glenn has it He trained and played in both 3-4 and 3-4 defensive charts. He has spent the past five seasons as a minor coach for the New Orleans Saints, which has been running a doubles front. And brought 3-4 Guru Dom Caprice to Detroit As a Senior Defense Assistant.
Capers, who coached Glenn when they were both with the Houston Texans, “brought a wealth of (defensive) knowledge” and good organizational skills that Glenn said would help him in his first season as a coordinator.
“The good thing about the systems I’ve been in is, last year I was 4-3 for five years. Before that, with Cleveland and the Gates, I was 3-4,” Glenn said. “So I am well versed in both systems. Again, this helps me as much as we have and we make sure that these guys are put in the positions. So again, I was part of both systems, and I know both systems well, and I’ll make sure we have the right players for them. Fits perfectly with the way we need to play. “
Glenn said he wanted his defense to play “fast” and “confident”, but he only spoke in generalities when asked what traits he wanted for the seven players up front in his defense.
At fullback, where they usually have 3-4 players larger and taller to help in the rush to midfield or face defenders in a running game, Glenn said he only wants “fullbacks who can play”.
“I like speed. I like big men too.” “I like big guys who have speed, so it’s just about, man, if we get good players, guys can run and hit and cover and do all these things. Man, everyone wants these players. I’ll be lying and saying I want young guys of weight. 200 lbs. Yes, I want old men who can run. We all want that, but we want to make sure we get the right people. Personalities, because we know your character will appear on the bar in the field at some point. “
On the defensive line, Glenn said he hoped the Lions would re-sign Romeo Okwara, and said both Okwara and Tree Flowers could outrun his defense.
Okwara had 10 high-profile bags last season. Flowers, whose cap reached $ 20 million, has arrived this fall and A base salary of $ 14.375 million is guaranteed for injury only – He finished the year 2020 with a broken forearm – two bags in seven games.
“Romeo had 10 bags, so he’s a pressure player,” Glenn said. “Every team in this league, every coach in this league wants a pressure player. So if he comes back, and hopefully we get a chance to get him back, we’ll get him to rush in the middle. That’s what he does best. And again, we’ll put him in a position to do what he does best,” And that’s after the midfielder.
“Tree flowers, there are a lot of things he can do. You can lower this guy and put him in three modes and let him go against a guard. Or you can put him on the edge as a defensive end and let him take on tackles. So he has a unique skill set that you can take advantage of. You will.” We make sure we keep studying him, we’ll put him in the best position to be successful. “
Lions can decide on flowers in the coming weeks because they need to free up space for implementation Their outstanding trade by Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams For Jared Goff and Three Draft.
Currently, Lions sits at about $ 6 million above the expected salary cap for next season. According to OverTheCap.com.
Al Zahoor is set to have the second-highest number in the team in 2021, behind Jawf, and $ 10 million of his base salary will be fully guaranteed on the third day of the league year.
Flowers said after the season ends that he expects to be “full” of off-season training, although it is unclear if he will pass a workout now. The Lions would save about $ 3 million in cover space by assigning Flowers now, or about $ 14 million if they made after the move date beyond June 1.
Regardless of their decision on the Flowers, the Lions will likely have to release several veteran players and / or renegotiate a few more contracts in the coming weeks in order to make major additions to the free agency.