Among the many problems in the Lions’ secondary last year was that safety Erik Coleman was lost for the season when he suffered a broken fibula and sprained ankle in Week Four. But as much as the Lions hated to lose Coleman, Coleman hated to sit out even more.
“I missed football. I was able to watch last year and that was kind of torture, so being out there you don’t take it for granted. You have fun whenever you get a chance,” Coleman told the Detroit Free Press.
Coleman became a free agent in March but quickly re-signed with the Lions, and he said he expects to have the impact in 2012 that he wanted — but wasn’t able — to have in 2011.
“I feel young again,” Coleman said. “It’s fun, and it’s fun to be out there running around with the guys. . . . I want to help this team in whatever way I can. Of course I would like to be the starter, but I also love playing special teams. I’m a football player, I love playing the game, I want to win. I want to win a Super Bowl. So I’ll do whatever it takes.”
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Coleman had a strong minicamp, and the signs are good that this season he’ll spend a lot more time on the field, and a lot less time having to watch in street clothes.