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James Ihedigbo: Lions will be “hard-hitting, vicious, physical”

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Lions safety James Ihedigbo has a better idea than his teammates about what kind of defense they’ll be running in Detroit this season, as Ihedigbo has previously played with new Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin in Baltimore. Ihedigbo says it’s a defense that’s going to make life rough for opposing offenses.

“Our defense, we dictate what offenses are doing,” Ihedigbo told Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News. “We don’t let them dictate to us anything. We control the game, and that’s our mind-set. When you go against us, you’re going to be going against a hard-hitting, vicious, physical team on defense and on offense.”

Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch has similar expectations.

“We’re going to be aggressive, there’s no question about it,” Tulloch said. “We’re going to get after it — zone coverage, man, blitz; we’re going to do it all. We’re going to be able to mix things up.”

So if you were hoping for the first-ever case of an NFL team promising that its new defense would be passive and soft, you’re out of luck. The Lions are vowing that their new schemes will bring a new toughness to Detroit.

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61 Responses to “James Ihedigbo: Lions will be “hard-hitting, vicious, physical””
  1. bbk1000 says: Jun 1, 2014 6:54 AM

    Fixed it…..

    Lions will be “hard-hitting, vicious, physical. cheap, dirty”

  2. britishraven says: Jun 1, 2014 7:11 AM

    Expect this guy to be miles out of position at least twice a game. His coverage skills are about as good as mine

  3. bengalskuta82 says: Jun 1, 2014 7:13 AM

    Ok,hahaha. Saying after not even playing a game yet??, hmmmm!

  4. purplengold says: Jun 1, 2014 7:22 AM

    Little kitties are so cute when they growl.

  5. baltimorons says: Jun 1, 2014 7:24 AM

    Lions will be “flagged, fined and suspended”

  6. mkar1835 says: Jun 1, 2014 7:24 AM

    … “attacking, fast, aggressive …”

    And let me guess, the Lions and the other 31 teams offenses will be attacking, up-tempo, multiple, and install a “vertical passing game” and a “balanced attack.”

    I think the NFL sends out scripts every year.

  7. uberMensch() says: Jun 1, 2014 7:28 AM

    Translation: Lions will lead the league in personal fouls, penalties, and fines…

  8. snipedanglecelly13 says: Jun 1, 2014 7:29 AM

    Here comes all the ignorant Suh comments

  9. yooperman says: Jun 1, 2014 7:36 AM

    Why didn’t they think of this years ago? I’m surprised other teams haven’t thought of hitting hard too.
    “and another one bites the dust”

  10. joeywoge says: Jun 1, 2014 7:40 AM

    Improving team on both sides of the ball. Stafford is the key. He can have a monster year with all those weapons at his disposal. Tough division but winnable.

  11. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jun 1, 2014 7:41 AM

    Let the 15 yd flag throwing party begin, wahoo!!!

  12. willnit says: Jun 1, 2014 7:47 AM

    Here comes the hate!

  13. 46dee says: Jun 1, 2014 7:53 AM

    Prediction: James Ihedigbo will be out of football after this year. He’s a bit player who happened to be at the right place last year in Baltimore who were depleted in the secondary…played so so and the Lions overpaid for his services.

  14. dumbasdirt says: Jun 1, 2014 7:57 AM

    If they are too vicious then the Lions will also be the team with the most penalties and the highest amount of player fines in the NFL. Roger that

  15. fissels says: Jun 1, 2014 7:58 AM

    Vicious? Expect a call from Goodell.

  16. djaehne says: Jun 1, 2014 8:02 AM

    Yet another player who can talk the game.

  17. jchipwood says: Jun 1, 2014 8:03 AM

    Don’t these guys know your not allowed to hit people hard?

  18. bloomer006999999 says: Jun 1, 2014 8:16 AM

    Expect to be pushed around the field by the Vikings for the next decade, you Kitties.

  19. matt2calvin says: Jun 1, 2014 8:18 AM

    As a Lion’s fan, I find reason to be optimistic…

    When Hairball started coaching the 49ers, the team improved dramatically.

    The Lions have a new coach and new assistants – and let’s be honest, ANYONE would be better than Gym Shorts.

    How can they not be better this year?

  20. Shinnbone says: Jun 1, 2014 8:21 AM

    OK, James thanks I’m every team just asked to forfeit every game scheduled against the Kitty Cats. What he left out was that the Lions will also win 6 games this year.

  21. roadbiscuit says: Jun 1, 2014 8:48 AM

    New HC, new DC, new DB coach, new Lions player, SOS.

  22. partmachine says: Jun 1, 2014 8:51 AM

    James is a smart guy, great with the media, and can lay the wood. He is not however a playmaker that will often be where the action is.

    He’s a durable middle to back of the pack strong safety.

  23. cylondetector says: Jun 1, 2014 8:58 AM

    James Ihedigbo: “We dictate what offenses do…..we insist on nothing less than 40 points a game”

  24. cylondetector says: Jun 1, 2014 9:00 AM

    James Ihedigbo, : “We dictate what offenses do…..we insist on nothing less than 40 points a game”

  25. cylondetector says: Jun 1, 2014 9:01 AM

    James Ihedigbo, : “We dictate what offenses do……..we insist on nothing less than 40 points a game”

  26. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jun 1, 2014 9:04 AM

    Everyone is hard-hitting an vicious in Spring OTA’s. What about in December and January when it counts? More like meow I suppose

  27. charmcitychampions says: Jun 1, 2014 9:18 AM

    Apparently he didn’t get Goodell’s memo that the NFL will no longer allow hard, violent, clean hits and this game is now designed to appeal to all the soccer moms on heavy flow days.

  28. hodous says: Jun 1, 2014 9:20 AM

    Meow?

  29. dfwhawkguy says: Jun 1, 2014 9:26 AM

    And still lose 11 games…

  30. louisvillecardinals says: Jun 1, 2014 9:31 AM

    i agree…i think the lions will win the division n will be a very tough team especially on defense..i believe theyll be a “vicious” team…im just not expecting it to.cime from james… (yes you Suh) im buyin the lions as a serious contender

  31. alshonbrandontandem says: Jun 1, 2014 9:34 AM

    Someone please remind me who James Ihedigbo is again?

  32. gergie1957 says: Jun 1, 2014 9:42 AM

    They will be the first half of the season, then they fold like an accordion. (rim shot)

  33. tinbender2000 says: Jun 1, 2014 9:43 AM

    Bummer. I was so looking forward to seeing Suh in a Tutu.

  34. holdsteady76 says: Jun 1, 2014 9:55 AM

    2014 NFC Participants – print the TShirts.
    Meow

  35. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 1, 2014 10:03 AM

    As a Lion’s fan, they better find a way to do that, not get penalized all day, do it for more than half the season, and make sure you’re actually tackling too.

  36. tonyc920 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:04 AM

    Of course they are already in the Super Bowl and they’re not through 3 days of OTA’s. He must have grown up in Minnesota. Figures !

  37. irishinyourface says: Jun 1, 2014 10:52 AM

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  38. dadsource says: Jun 1, 2014 11:01 AM

    Like the players and the attitude. I think this team has all the stars to compete, but just had NO discipline and bad coaching. Barring injuries, this could be a Super Bowl team. The division is ripe- but Chicago will be better- much better. The Vikes will be trying to ‘find themselves’, Green Bay may be about the same….could three playoff teams come from this division????

  39. woodslive says: Jun 1, 2014 11:27 AM

    Rottweiler vicious or Chihuahua vicious?

  40. DonKellyBaby says: Jun 1, 2014 12:00 PM

    The addition of Kyle Van Noy will be huge for our defense. Last year, the Lions were able to generate pressure up the middle; however, we lacked a consistent pressure guy off the edge.

    If Slay can improve and be a certified 1B or even 2A CB, then I expect the Lions to be one of the better teams in the NFC.

  41. larryboodry says: Jun 1, 2014 12:14 PM

    Roar, Kitty, roar…

    Seriously, though, this early in the off-season is way too soon to predict anything, especially with a new coaching regime in it’s first year.

    Last year nobody deserved to win the North, and this season is a crap shoot…GB will most likely be better simply by having Rodgers healthy all year…The Bears will be better on defense (hard to be worse) and already boast the best-ranked offense in the NFC…Detroit has the talent to compete, but may need time to adjust to the new coaching staff…And the Vikes are still the Vikes.

    I predict it will shake out this way…Either GB or Chicago wins the division, Lions compete but ultimately fall short, and the Vikes come in last again with Bridgewater taking Ponder’s job somewhere along the way.

  42. mypercyhurts2 says: Jun 1, 2014 12:27 PM

    At some point in time, the Black and Blue division became the best offense division in the NFL, you need defenses to step up. Packers, Bears, and Lions are all Top 5 offenses. Minnesota is simply offensive.

  43. lionsdraftguy says: Jun 1, 2014 12:41 PM

    When the Packers play them all GB had to do is hold. They get away with it anyway.

  44. isphet71 says: Jun 1, 2014 12:54 PM

    The Lions’ defense is certainly talented enough to be exactly what Ihedigbo says it will be.

    The league is dominated by offenses, which clearly is the side dictating play these days. I don’t see that changing. Most good defenses these days are more about disrupting QB rhythm and generating turnovers than all-out “domination” of games.

  45. bucsorbust says: Jun 1, 2014 12:58 PM

    hard-hitting, vicious, physical….and in last place.

  46. mrwalterisgod says: Jun 1, 2014 1:02 PM

    Viciously mediocre maybe.

  47. tsrblue says: Jun 1, 2014 1:07 PM

    Wow so many Lion haters out there!!!why all the hate?Are you scared or what?

  48. lionrexx says: Jun 1, 2014 1:25 PM

    Let them say all the things they want…they know the talent that is on our team, and if they aren’t worried fine, they know their team will be scrambling to control them…I’m smiling knowing what these guys are gonna say when it all comes true…. :)

  49. tonyc920 says: Jun 1, 2014 2:02 PM

    Yup, NFC North teams are terrified. Well, maybe the Vikings are.

  50. oldcracker says: Jun 1, 2014 2:12 PM

    What a novel idea! Play physical football and hit hard. What’s next, catch ball and hold on to it while running? Blocking the other guy?

    College educated? I certainly can tell.

  51. mdd913 says: Jun 1, 2014 2:46 PM

    It’s a good thing King Roger only cares about disciplining the Saints for talking about violence on the field, or the Lions could be in some real trouble here.

  52. graphis56 says: Jun 1, 2014 2:59 PM

    “Hard-hitting, vicious, physical” losers. The ONLY thing the lions have going for them is that they’re way overdue. Like the Cubs.

  53. clrathfon says: Jun 1, 2014 4:00 PM

    As a long time Lions fan and avid kool-aid drinker, I have to have the wait and see approach on this one. This would be something I haven’t seen since the Fearsome Foursome. Talk is cheap now. Let’s see what happens when the season starts. We can only hope this is true! Honestly, I’ll be happy if I see an occasional blitz here and there. Now that would be something we’re not used to…Right now I’m still stewing on what Alshon Jeffery said, what a joke that guy is. He and Marshall are the 2 best wr’s in the NFL, and he didn’t say duo people. Bahahaha yeah ok, signed Megatron.

  54. muencht says: Jun 1, 2014 5:18 PM

    Lions will be “hard-hitting, vicious, physical”. He forgot “dirty”. Suh and Fairley are two of the dirtiest players in the league. Who can forget Sun stomping on a GB player down on the field?

    Now that the defense is out of the way, what about other aspects of the team? Such as offense. Megatron is I think the best WR in the NFL. Matthew Stafford is as good as any QB in football if he has a good day. Big if. This is not enough.

    Prediction: another mediocre year, lucky to be 7-9

  55. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 1, 2014 7:21 PM

    Year Lg Tm W L T Playoffs
    2013 NFL Detroit Lions 7 9 0
    2012 NFL Detroit Lions 4 12 0
    2011 NFL Detroit Lions 10 6 0 Lost WC
    2010 NFL Detroit Lions 6 10 0
    2009 NFL Detroit Lions 2 14 0
    2008 NFL Detroit Lions 0 16 0
    2007 NFL Detroit Lions 7 9 0
    2006 NFL Detroit Lions 3 13 0
    2005 NFL Detroit Lions 5 11 0
    2004 NFL Detroit Lions 6 10 0
    2003 NFL Detroit Lions 5 11 0
    2002 NFL Detroit Lions 3 13 0
    2001 NFL Detroit Lions 2 14 0
    2000 NFL Detroit Lions 9 7 0

    THE LIONS SUCK!

  56. officialgame says: Jun 1, 2014 11:09 PM

    Stop talking and do it on the field punk.

  57. cavreconscout says: Jun 2, 2014 7:20 AM

    Lots of detroit fans here.what do you think the other teams will be doing?not hitting hard?take a number detroit and stand in line and while youre at it when was the last time you won anything?

  58. downwiththedlions says: Jun 2, 2014 11:18 AM

    OMG, Detroit FANS need a mentality shift just as much as the team does. Do you not realize that you now have a head coach, and some assistant coaches who have been deep into the play-offs multiple time AND have Super Bowl Rings? And Ihedigbo has played in 4 AFC Championship games and 2 SuperBowls – how many play-off games have the Lions even been in within the last decade? I don’t think we can cancel out these significant changes as there are several people associated with the team now who are proven winners – being a superstar does NOT always produce wins as we have seen with having Megatron, Reggie Bush and several others on the team already. While the team is shifting in mentality, the fans need to be open to that shift as well and learn how to be fans with a winning mentality, not calling them Kitties, etc.

  59. oimakkamio says: Jun 2, 2014 11:44 AM

    funny stat at least the last 2 years, the most penalized teams in the league, 2013 Seattle, and 2012 Baltimore, i’m pretty sure things worked out well there. haters gonna hate, but the lions have not been the most penalized team in the league. not in a long time.

  60. oimakkamio says: Jun 2, 2014 11:45 AM

    oh and the bears still suck.

  61. holdsteady76 says: Jun 3, 2014 8:11 AM

    Every off season Lions fans proclaim their team looks good on paper, and every year they find a way to be underwhelming and disappoint. This organization is hilarious.

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