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Based on what has happened during the Detroit Lions' OTAs so far, it's pretty clear that the defense is "ahead" of the offense.

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The big theme from the Detroit Lions' OTAs so far is that the defense is currently "ahead" of the offense. That was one of the big takeaways from last week's OTA that was open to the media, and it was more of the same on Wednesday when the media got another look at practice.

There are really two ways to look at this. On the one hand, I suppose it's good that the defense is doing well, especially when you consider that Chris Houston and Nick Fairley have been out. Perhaps the defense has made some serious strides this offseason, and as Calvin Johnson said, this could make the offense better in the long run.

On the flip side, it sounds like the offense is dealing with more of the issues it had last season. Drops have been a problem, and Matthew Stafford seems to be having some accuracy issues.

Considering it's still only May, it's wise to not overreact to this news either way. The Lions don't suddenly have a world-class defense, and the sky is not falling for the offense. Both sides of the ball are still adjusting to a new scheme and new coaches, and the defense just happens to be making the transition a bit quicker than the offense. By the time training camp arrives, hopefully most of the growing pains will be long gone for the offense, and hopefully performing at a high level will be the new norm for the defense.