I believe that to properly analyze the 2017 IDPs you need to have an idea of how they’ll ALL perform so you can benchmark and compare them effectively. So I built a model using past performance, efficiency, scheme information and coaching tendencies to predict what will happen in 2017. I’ve applied that to my best estimates for how teams will use players this year which gives a projection and ranking for all IDPs. You can read more about what I did and how here.
Remember after the 2014 season the Lions had one of the best defenses in the league and Teryl Austin was getting interviews for head coaching jobs? Since then they’ve become a great case study in showing how tough building a top unit is. Not only do you need to have a star player or two (Ndamokung Suh was great for them back then) but also to NOT have any glaring holes. Of course, the Lions are a team that always has gaping holes on defense. It’s very often the number two corner, or end and linebacker has been an issue for years but there’s always something offensive coordinators can remorselessly exploit.
Sadly I can’t really see that trend ending this season. In fact looking at the personnel they might have several of those areas which means it’s likely to be a long season up in Motor City.
None. In fact it’s been a little while since I’ve had the opportunity to write about any of them to be honest. If anyone’s reading this then tell me in the comments who the next one will be. If you get it right I’ll send you a prize.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE