Detroit to Turn up the Defensive Heat: Do They Have the Personnel?


Published: July 15, 2009

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... aggressive on defense. 

“One of the things I’ve always believed in is high blitz,” said Cunningham. “Up to 40 percent in a game, which is off the charts for most people—but that’s what I believe in. I think you have to keep the quarterback nervous all the time.”

Now, blitzing 40 percent of the time isn't necessarily "off the charts" in the NFL.  Teams like the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers have had great success from constantly bringing the blitz.

Cunningham is a leftover from the Kansas City Chiefs, where he was forced by then head coach Herm Edwards to run a Tampa Two defensive scheme.  The Chiefs had a record-low 10 sacks last season because their personnel didn't necessarily match the scheme.

In comparison, the Lions racked up 30 sacks while running a similar scheme. 

Now, Cunningham finally has the opportunity to run the kind of defense he wants....

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