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Cunningham credits Kocurek for Lions' DL creativity

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By Eric Edholm

Given all the talent the Lions have on their defensive line, it's easy to just line them up and let them go. And some games, that's exactly what defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham does. But in the Week Eight win over the Redskins, the Lions were more creative and variant with their DL alignments than at any time in recent memory. Rookie DT Ndamukong Suh (6½ sacks) has shown that he is not being spoon-fed the defense; in one series, he lined up at tackle, end and was standing up as well. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch stood up as well a few plays at the middle linebacker behind Corey Williams on the nose. And from those unusual fronts, the Lions ran creative stunts and twists and generally wreaked havoc with the Redskins' blocking schemes. Cunningham gave all the credit to the movement up front to DL coach Kris Kocurek, a former NFL player who is about as animated an assistant as you'll find. Apparently, he has a good defensive mind for creativity, too.


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