Nick Fairley said Sunday that he believes the Lions defense can be more effective than any other defense in the NFL – past or present.
“We haven’t arrived,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said, “but I think our guys, in this particular game, we were headed in the right direction.”
The group has been confident before, but Sunday’s showing against Rodgers & Co. certainly did not hurt.
“Something might be a catalyst, another teammate, but I think in this particular case, it’s up to Nick. He’s the guy that’s going to make the difference.”
“What we all should be probably focusing on is does he have the tools to be a championship quarterback, and the answer to that is yes,” Caldwell said.
The Lions released an updated depth chart Monday, revealing expected starters for their upcoming season opener on Monday Night Football.
Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin explained Wednesday why he demoted Nick Fairley from his role of starting defensive tackle.
Fairley, Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2011, has entered the final season of his contract with the Lions.
Fairley, whose fifth-year option the Lions declined to pick up after an inconsistent 2013, refused to talk with reporters after practice.
Mosley did not want to make too much of the redistribution of reps, and he said he does not know if he is a starter.