Friday, September 6, 2013
Analyzing the 2013 Detroit Lions roster: Linebackers
Of course to be far, Gunther Cunningham is one hell of a football coach and he gets the most out of what he is given each and every time. Maybe under his tutelage and that of linebackers coach Matt Burke they will get the most out of this group. They have looked awful in the pre-season, and at some points looked ok. They seem to be more ball hawky this year, and the defense as a whole as worked hard to generate turnovers. That could be a very encouraging sign.
Behind the three starters the most intriguing guy to make the initial 53 man roster is Tahir Whitehead. Many Lions feel like he performed well enough to have earned a starting spot, but I am a lot more higher on Rocky McIntosh who of course is like the 53rd guy on the roster and was initially released to make room for a wavier wire addition to the secondary but was quickly resigned.
After four pre-season games it really seems like we do not know what this unit is yet. We have no idea what they are capable of, and we are all hoping they are better than what they look like on paper. Better than what we saw in Cleveland two weeks o so ago, and good enough to help the defense stop drives and generate turnovers. We shall see.