Originally posted on CBS Detroit:

By: Eric Thomas

I’m gonna to get screamed at for writing this, but I’ll say it anyway. The Lions need to draft a running back. I understand that he prevailing wisdom in Detroit is that they should go defense with every pick but I would like to register a protest.

The Lions defense needs help but they weren’t nearly as awful as we all remember. Oh sure, they seemed to always give up the big play when it counted and if it came down to defense they were guaranteed to break our hearts. The game against the Colts comes to mind.

The bulk of the ineptitude was on the running game. The Lions couldn’t stay on the field for any extended period. The Lions faced almost exclusively passing packages all year. Teams played far off the line and dared Detroit to run. The 49er game was embarrassing, the Lions couldn’t…

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