- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Most of us look at the 2010 Detroit Lions and see an explosive offense paired with a defense that needs help at linebacker and in the secondary. General manager Martin Mayhew has a broader view. Asked what the team needs Monday during an interview session, here's what Mayhew said:
"Wins -- we need to win some games. That's what we need more than anything. Our guys have to start playing together, trusting each other and just learning how to win football games."
I don't disagree, especially after watching the Lions lose 28 of their 30 games since the inception of this blog. But a big part of winning is having the opportunity to compete in every phase of the game. It's amazing how a mentality can change when the talent level is upgraded.
Of all the personnel concerns the Lions should have on defense, none looms larger than middle linebacker. They were already taking a leap of faith by shifting DeAndre Levy into that role, but Levy's summer-long set of injuries -- a groin strain kept him out of practice Monday -- has put the Lions in a tough spot. Levy's likeliest replacement is Landon Johnson, a veteran free agent who spent the past two seasons with the Carolina Panthers and was signed mostly for special teams reasons. Stay tuned.
Most of us look at the 2010 Detroit Lions and see an explosive offense paired with a defense that needs help at linebacker and in the secondary. General manager Martin Mayhew has a broader view.