Detroit Lions Season Preview 2014: Defense

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If you were one of the readers who checked out our Detroit Lions season preview for the offense earlier this week, welcome back. If you’re reading our season previews for the first time, welcome also. The Lions kick off their regular season action on Monday night football in 2014 when they take on the New York Giants, live from Ford Field in downtown Detroit.

Expectations are running high for the Lions this year, as they have added new coaches, with new philosophies and winning mentalities.

As we covered in our Detroit Lions season preview 2014: offensive edition, there is a new head coach at the helm of the ship in 2104, Jim Caldwell. Caldwell has both extensive head coaching and offensive coordinator experience within the NFL and has worked closely with Peyton Manning during his tenure in Indianapolis.

He spent last season with the Baltimore Ravens, before being hired by Lions team president, Tom Lewand. Coach Caldwell didn’t arrive in the Motor City alone either. With him he brought former Ravens assistant, Teryl Austin to be the Lions defensive coordinator.

Austin brings with him a new look and playbook to the Detroit defense. Let’s take a look at what we should be expecting from the Lions defense in 2014.