Lions’ defense not sure what to expect from Cardinals’ offense

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When they face the Cardinals on Sunday, the Lions become the first team tasked with stopping the new offense run by coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray. They’re not sure what to expect.

Kingsbury ran an offensive system at Texas Tech that hasn’t been seen in the NFL, and Murray ran a similar offense on his way to a Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma. So what should the Lions study? Tape of Kingsbury’s Red Raiders? Tape of Murray’s Sooners? Tape of the Cardinals’ preseason games? Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni says it’s a little of everything.

“Right now, you use every resource you can get your hands on,” Pasqualoni said, via ESPN. “Right now, you’re watching as much as you can watch and trying to write down and catalog anything that looks good. Anything that anybody’s done, you don’t care who has done it right now, but if it looks like it might work, you’re considering it.”

Lions head coach Matt Patricia says he isn’t sure how similar the Cardinals’ offense will be to Kingsbury’s Texas Tech offense, but he has to be ready for it.

“When you look at a big body of work like Texas Tech, there is a lot to that offense,” Patricia said. “How much are they going to run in the first game? We don’t know. We are just going to have to be able to handle whatever it is. Pace, tempo, line of scrimmage checks, different formations, different personnel groups, those are all things that will be in-game adjustments for us that are going to be really difficult, especially playing in their stadium.”

Everyone who follows football is going to be interested in seeing how well Kingsbury’s offense translates to the NFL. Patricia and Pasqualoni are hoping they can give Kingsbury and Murray a rude welcome.

29 responses to “Lions’ defense not sure what to expect from Cardinals’ offense

  1. Keep Murray contained, hit him as hard as possible, and disguise defensive coverages and the Lions will win.
    Murray is just a rookie, he not some transcendent being who happens to play football.

  2. Patricia blowing smoke. Just like a Belichick disciple. I expect the Lions to be much improved. Tough division though.

  3. Dont over analyze it and play scared, Bum rush the short QB keeping him in the hole and make him read, which he does not like to do. Also have a spy on him…..These offenses have been tried in the NFL before with limited success so dont coach scared or your players will play that way

  4. Hmmmmm…. let’s see if we can crack this rubrik: Kingsbury and Murray ran similar systems at college, and now there are 4 preseason games under their belts.

    And we’re supposed to believe Matt Patricia, an actual rocket scientist, can’t figure this out???

  5. Lions can make anyone look great – Packers have had HoF level QB play for my entire life (Favre/Rodgers) but it’s Matt Flynn in a game vs the Lions that holds the Green Bay single game records for most passing yards & TDs (both have since been tied by Rodgers). Expect the Murry to look unstopable for at least 1 week.

  6. The Lions are a complete mess, no decent drafts recently and a bunch washed free agents. Another last place finish coming to continue their running 62 years of failure!

  7. The Lions already know the ins & outs of Kingsbury”s offense because they had signed QB Kanow who was with the Cards through OTAs, summer work, training camp, and preseason.
    You can bet the farm the Lions have stripped bare Kanow’s brain of all info on Kingsbury’s offense.
    The game will come down to who can execute the best and who makes the least turnovers.

  8. Just blitz, the NFL game is to fast for Murray and Kingsbury is clueless how to stop it, he still can’t figured out the NFL cadence rules to snap the ball. The only hope is the Lions are really bad, like usual, and can’t realize they made a mistake hiring someone from Bill’s coaching tree.

  9. Divisional records the last six years:
    Det 22-14
    GB 19-15-2
    Min 18-16-2
    Chi 11-25

    Who’d have guessed it!

  10. A head coach who was fired by a college after a 5-7 season. A little QB. A terrible OL. A terrible defense. Even the Lions can’t blow this one.

  11. vanislebob says:
    September 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Divisional records the last six years:
    Det 22-14
    GB 19-15-2
    Min 18-16-2
    Chi 11-25

    Who’d have guessed it!

    ___________________

    If you’re going to talk about the past, let’s be real:

    Green Bay Packers Playoff History

    Seasons: 98 (1921 to 2018)

    Record (W-L-T): 743-571-38

    Playoff Record: 34-22

    Super Bowls Won: 4 (5 Appearances)

    Championships Won*: 13

    Chicago Bears Playoff History

    Seasons: 99 (1920 to 2018)

    Record (W-L-T): 761-583-42

    Playoff Record: 17-19

    Super Bowls Won: 1 (2 Appearances)

    Championships Won*: 9

    Minnesota Vikings Playoff History

    Seasons: 58 (1961 to 2018)

    Record (W-L-T): 478-397-11

    Playoff Record: 20-29

    Super Bowls Won: 0 (4 Appearances)

    Championships Won*: 0

    Detroit Lions Playoff History

    Seasons: 89 (1930 to 2018)

    Record (W-L-T): 559-658-32

    Playoff Record: 7-13

    Super Bowls Won: 0 (0 Appearances)

    Championships Won*: 4

    The Lions are far and away the worst, the Lions still suck!

  12. Kingsbury’s offense isn’t exactly a secret. He spent several years running it in full public view in college AND its a derivative of what Mike Leach has been running for DECADES. Everything the NFL can use from these spread offenses has already been incorporated into NFL playbooks. There isn’t going to be anything the Cards run that the NFL hasn’t already seen.

  13. Newsflash: The NFL is not the Big 12 where defense is optional. Kingsbury and Murray get an education about the Not For Long league. Detroit is defense is good, not great. Murray won’t get all day to run around and throw moon balls to wide open receiver who just have to catch the ball uncontested.

  14. Still confused as to why most people seem to badly want a team who was 3-13 last year to fail so miserably.

    No one really knows what’s going to happen, which is why they actually play the games.

  15. TrubiskyIsGarbageAndTheBearsShouldHaveDraftedMahommes says:
    September 5, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Newsflash: The NFL is not the Big 12 where defense is optional. Kingsbury and Murray get an education about the Not For Long league. Detroit is defense is good, not great. Murray won’t get all day to run around and throw moon balls to wide open receiver who just have to catch the ball uncontested.

    ____________________

    Newflash: The Lions still suck! No cares about the past five years when the Lions choked away their chance at a playoff win, they still SUCK!

    LoLions!!!!

  16. TrubiskyIsGarbageAndTheBearsShouldHaveDraftedMahommes says:
    September 5, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Newsflash: The NFL is not the Big 12 where defense is optional. Kingsbury and Murray get an education about the Not For Long league. Detroit is defense is good, not great. Murray won’t get all day to run around and throw moon balls to wide open receiver who just have to catch the ball uncontested.

    ____________________

    Newsflash: The Lions still suck! No cares about the past five years when the Lions choked away their chance at a playoff win, they still SUCK!

    LoLions!!!!

  17. StaffordisworsethanCutlertheLionsaretheBrownsoftheNFC says:

    ……….

    I think you need to worry about your Bears going 0-1 tonight. When was the last time the Bears won a Superbowl? 85 and nobody cares about it anymore. Just like nobody cares the Lions won in 57. Nobody cares. Neither team has done anything in recent history.

  18. I think you need to worry about your Bears going 0-1 tonight. When was the last time the Bears won a Superbowl? 85 and nobody cares about it anymore. Just like nobody cares the Lions won in 57. Nobody cares. Neither team has done anything in recent history.

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    I think you need psychiatric help, The Lions are horrible and have been 62 years. You need to worry about Trubisky shredding your defense again like last season and get ready for another sweep coming. That’s what REALLY bothers you, you call out a guy that destroyed your team, what nerve you have!

    The Lions still suck!

  19. TrubiskyIsGarbageAndTheBearsShouldHaveDraftedMahommes says:
    September 5, 2019 at 1:59 pm
    Newsflash: The NFL is not the Big 12 where defense is optional. Kingsbury and Murray get an education about the Not For Long league. Detroit is defense is good, not great. Murray won’t get all day to run around and throw moon balls to wide open receiver who just have to catch the ball uncontested.

    Exactly in the NFL defense is not optional and we all know that BIG 12 teams put little emphasis on it. NFL defensive coordinators have seen college offenses before and they figured out how to stop it.

    Now I am not saying Murray will not be successful I just think we need to pump the brakes with thinking he will tear up the NFL right away.

  20. I think you need to worry about getting some psychiatric help, The Lions are horrible and have been 62 years. You need to worry about Trubisky shredding your defense again like last season and get ready for another sweep coming. That’s what REALLY bothers you, you call out a guy that destroyed your team, what nerve you have!

    The Lions still suck!

  21. StaffordisworsethanCutlertheLionsaretheBrownsoftheNFC says:
    September 5, 2019 at 3:09 pm
    I think you need to worry about getting some psychiatric help, The Lions are horrible and have been 62 years. You need to worry about Trubisky shredding your defense again like last season and get ready for another sweep coming. That’s what REALLY bothers you, you call out a guy that destroyed your team, what nerve you have!

    The Lions still suck!

    *****************************
    I am certain I am dealing with a guy living in his parents basement from Mokena but I’ll bite. When has Trubisky shredded anything? You would have to be complete moron thinking that Trubisky has proven anything. He’s only showed he’s the weakest link right along with that kicker that you don’t have. The strength of the team is the defense, not Trubisky. DOUBLE DOINK

  22. mogogo1 says:
    Everything the NFL can use from these spread offenses has already been incorporated into NFL playbooks. There isn’t going to be anything the Cards run that the NFL hasn’t already seen.
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    Yeah, that’s just not true. Just read anything by any of the analytics guys, and you’ll see that there are still teams using run-heavy schemes that are clearly outdated. If this was true, then how do Bill Belichick and Greg Roman continue to come up with stuff that opposing teams have never seen before?

    All the Cardinals are doing is employing concepts used by the Patriots, the Rams, the 1990s Bills, the 1990s Oilers, the Vermeil Rams, etc, which is use a specific personnel grouping repeatedly and push the pace, forcing the defense to either 1) stick to what they usually do (personnel and playcalling) but isn’t working in this particular game or 2) amend their gameplan and personnel groupings to try and catch up.

    The Cardinals personnel grouping will be 4 WR sets, which the 49ers, Rams, and Seahawks only had to face on a total of 43 combined plays last year. Good luck defending against that with four DL and three LBs!

    I’m not saying that the Cardinals are going to be perfect every game, there will be growing pains. But what they switched to is far, far more efficient than the “establish the run on the early downs” garbage they tried running last year, that all the trolls are saying they should do now. You know who establishes the run on 1st and 2nd down? Teams that aren’t winning playoff games, that’s who.

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