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Wednesday open thread: Which Lions defensive unit will be most improved next season?

The Lions hired Eagles CB coach Cory Undlin as their DBs coach this week, and still have other vacancies.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles-Training Camp Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Lions cleaned out much of their defensive staff this offseason following a season in which the defense was far more often a liability than an asset. The Lions brought in former Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin to be their new defensive coordinator this upcoming season, leaving many to believe that the secondary could take a big step forward. The secondary however was arguably the strongest tier of the Lions defense.

Question of the day: Which Lions defensive unit will take the biggest step forward next season?

My answer: The linebackers.

I say this more so out of desperation than certainty, because if the Lions don’t see significant improvement in the play of their linebackers in 2020 it will spell trouble.

It may be likely, however. With the ousting of fan-least-favorite Al Golden at linebackers coach, there’s a big vacancy that, if filled by someone good, can let the backers take a massive step forward next season. It will all depend on the hire. With the Senior Bowl fast approaching, it’s bound to happen soon.

Your turn.

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