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Lions notes: Will Detroit switch to a 3-4 defense?

Lions notes looks at the team's defensive scheme, Sam Martin, Chris Houston and much more.

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  • With Ndamukong Suh leaving the Detroit Lions, might now be the time to transition from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 setup? It sounds like it could happen: Earlier in the offseason, Jim Caldwell didn't have much to say when asked about the possibility of switching to a 3-4. It seems clear the Lions have at least given it some thought, but it remains to be seen if they will actually go through with the change or just start using more 3-4 looks to complement their base 4-3 defense.

  • For what it's worth:
  • What are the odds that anything will actually come of this? It's safe to say the Miami Dolphins broke some rules with Suh, but I doubt the NFL will actually do anything about it.

  • Sam Martin recently spoke to ESPN's Michael Rothstein about what went wrong on his 10-yard punt in the playoffs against the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Former Lions cornerback Chris Houston, who was released by the team last year and didn't play at all in 2014, is hoping to return to action in 2015.

  • As Kyle Van Noy recently found out, make sure you double-check which laptop you pick up when going through airport security. Luckily for Van Noy, his case of accidentally grabbing the wrong one had a happy ending.

  • The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly interested in former Lions quarterback Shaun Hill.

  • The Green Bay Packers re-signed wide receiver Randall Cobb to a four-year, $40 million deal over the weekend. It looked like Cobb was going to get a bigger deal elsewhere, but he decided to take less money to stay with the Packers. Interestingly enough, Cobb's agent is Jimmy Sexton, who also represents Suh. (Hat tip to Josh Katzenstein for that tidbit.)

  • The Chicago Bears are reportedly going to sign outside linebacker Pernell McPhee to a five-year deal worth $40 million.

  • The San Francisco 49ers are having a rough offseason, to say the least.

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