Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar answered some questions during a conference call on the role his unit would play in containing the potential high powered Lions offense.
Detroit prefers to move the ball via the pass, ranking 6th in the NFL while only 25th rushing. Even with the Lions extensive use of the pass coach Dunbar said whether the defense would use more pass rush personnel.
"We do take Damon (Harrison) off the field and we play Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson, Jason Babin and Calvin Pace, that's our front four (when) we get into our pass-rush stuff," Dunbar said. "On first down when their in regular, their jumbo people, we'll have the big guy on the field, but they go to their smaller lineup we put smaller guys on the field and get after them."
Lions wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate along with running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, capable pass catchers, can split out spreading the field but coach Dunbar explains how to combat this offensive threat.
"The onus on our guys is to get up the field and rush the quarterback. Him (Stafford) throwing the ball to Reggie Bush or Golden Tate underneath is not going to beat us. If we don't get to him and let him sit in that pocket and throw the ball over our head, that's what's going to beat us," he said. "We'll let him nickel and dime and get us moving up the field, we'll take that, but we can't let the big play beat us."
The Jets thin secondary will likely continue to be tested as cornerback Dee Miliner is questionable for the game, but coach Dunbar knows that the entire defensive team has to "work as a unit" in order to be successful because as he said, "one man can't win a game, but one man can lose it."
The Lions possess the firepower to be an explosive offense. It appears that coach Dunbar and the defensive line will have to execute their game plan, preventing points, hopefully leading to a Jets victory on Sunday.