Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the New York Jets at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Is Ziggy The Ansah For The Detroit Lions Defense?


Ziggy Ansah ignited the Ford Field crowd when he intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass and scored it from about 20 yards out. It was an early spark for a defense that struggled most of last season and a welcome sign of things to come for the rookie from BYU.

Ansah was a risky pick for Martin Mayhew so early in the first round. A risk Mayhew couldn’t afford to take after the Lions 4-12 finish in 2012. The criticism of Ziggy Ansah before the draft was that he was raw and lacking organized football experience but Marin Mayhew saw the potential in Ansah and made him the 5th overall pick. Mayhew’s gamble seems to be paying early dividends as Ziggy Ansah looked impressive in his NFL preseason debut.

The Detroit defense had trouble getting to the quarterback last season ranking 20th in sacks. Ziggy Anshs great defensive play was an interception, not a sack.  Ansah is a defensive end, not a linebacker or defensive back. Not to minimize his athletic scoring play but he needs to show he can rush the passer. Will Ansah be able to apply enough pressure on the end to free up Nadamukong Suh and Nick Farley on the inside?  If that can happen then the Lions defensive line has a chance to be a dominate force.

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  • your_master

    “Is Ziggy Ansah For The Detroit Lions Defense?”

    What kind of title is that? Is there a suggestion that he is against the Detroit Lion Defense? Perhaps it should ask if he is “right” for the defense.

    Does one expect him to sack the QB 20 times this year. If he gets 10-15 sacks this year that would be considered a success by most reasonable people. That is less than one a game. He spent most of the time in the game on the sidelines. Give him a break. He will be fine if he is allowed to develop.

  • Tony Fischer

    I was trying to be obtuse, but I was simply asking the question if Ziggy the Answer for the Detroit Lions defense? The rest of your response is actually in line with my point.

    He needs to pressure the QB. Fans in this town tend to take one moment and attach a players identity to that moment. It sets expectations high that fans end up disappointed. It was a great play no doubt. But many in the media have already started saying he lit a “spark” in the defense. My point is simply this. Until he starts pressuring the QB he will not be effective at the position.

    I think if he is able to get a handful of sacks and a bunch of QB hurries you can consider that a great season. If he is able to do that. Chances are Fairley or Suh are getting some numbers in the middle.