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Jonte Greene might have a bigger role this season.
The Lions decided a long time ago that the best way to stop opposing quarterbacks was to rush the heck out of them.
A signal-caller running for his life, or laying on his back, isn't going to complete many passes.
That's why they brought in Kyle Vanden Bosch in 2010 and invested such high picks on Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley over the next two years.
Having an elite pass-rushing defense was the goal.
Unfortunately, that never happened, and now there's been a changing of the guard. That's not to say the Lions aren't interested in having elite pass-rushers, but the defensive front four is clearly going through a transition.
That's why the secondary is going to be so important this season. With young and inexperienced players up front, the secondary has to be better.
Houston is a very good corner, but everyone around him needs to step up as well.
The regular season will be the ultimate barometer to gauge if the secondary has improved, however, OTAs will reveal which players are healthy and which ones have done enough work to warrant more playing time.
Darius Slay, Bill Bentley, Jonte Greene, Chris Greenwood, Louis Delmas, Amari Spievey, Ricardo Silva and Don Carey are all players to keep an eye on. Each one of them could significantly impact the success of the Lions' secondary this season.