Been reading the POD for the past several years and I have to attest this is the best source of information for my lions by loyal fans. I finally decided to commit and sign up. Like a lot of the people my age, I became a lions fan after watching Barry Sanders in TV and on the field. Always rooted for them and am really proud and happy with what they have done in the last couple of seasons.
Now coming to my headline. I strongly feel our defensive backs are not an issue. If you look at the first half of the season, the defense dominated and was a top 10 in the league. This was because the front four were generating the pressure and DBs were not required to cover for long time. If a DB is expected to cover longer or against strong armed QB, there will be plays made by the opponents. In the second half of the season, most teams have had enough films to slice and dice our front four and find enough weaknesses to exploit. This led to the above situation with DBs having to cover for long or having to face more big play situations. Also when he was healthy, Wright wasn't targeted much. Most QBs respected him.
Overall, I am not sure if they scheme will change or if the Lions will mix it up next year. But except for depth, I don't think we have any issues with out DBs. If we pick a CB in the first couple of rounds, I think we will be set.
Also, I think the focus should be replenishing the O line. Every one bashes the O Line, but I think they were pretty good this year. While they did a great job of protecting Stafford (how could he have thrown 5000+ yards without protection from this line?). The issue here is run support. We need a road grade guard (to push Peterman) or a center like Brewster to succeed Riola (God bless his heart..but he is getting old and is not going to help the run game). We also need that elusive franchise LOT (some one like Mike Adams who might be available in the first round at 23). What do y'all think?