Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
There is nothing that gets people going like talking about the Lions secondary and the perceived holes that exist there. Most consider their secondary an enormous weakness and a problem so powerful that it could prevent the Lions from contending for anything in 2012.
The Rams lost a few key offensive linemen during this game, and the Lions defensive line started pushing the line into quarterback Sam Bradford. The Rams threw the ball to the boundary and underneath the defense the entire game, with the exception being the pass that quarterback Sam Bradford threw to receiver Brandon Gibson for a touchdown.
The reality is that the play of the defensive line will dictate the play of the secondary all year. If the defensive line gets pressure on the quarterback, the secondary will play well. If there is no pressure, the secondary will look awful, and they will get torched like they did at the end of the season in 2011.
The Lions secondary was a fairly solid unit in 2011, until injuries hit their starters and they had no NFL talent on the roster to replace them. The only true knock that can be made on the secondary is that the Lions had no depth on their roster with any legitimate NFL talent.
The Lions got killed when they had to go to their depth late in the season, and they took steps to remedy the problem in the 2012 NFL draft, and in free agency. The roster has a much higher level of talent on it than they did last year.
In Week 1, the Lions were without starting safety Louis Delmas and starting cornerback Chris Houston. It is unfair to look at this game and see it for anything more than what it truly was. This was a game played by backups who were not challenged because the Rams had too many problems of their own on offense.
If there were questions coming into Week 1, they still remain because the Rams refused to challenge the secondary and the Lions were playing backups. The secondary is less of a problem than most make it out to be, but it would be naive to think it isn’t going to hurt them going forward.