Q&A: Jim Schwartz on the Lions' key talent upgrades

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz watches his team during training camp earlier this summer....

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz watches his team during training camp earlier this summer. (JOHN KRYK/QMI Agency)

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A year after finally returning to the playoffs, the Detroit Lions appeared to take a big step backward in 2012.

A 4-12 record will do that. Only the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars won fewer games.

Was all that progress the Lions made under head coach Jim Schwartz in his first three years -- from the shards of the 0-16 team he inherited -- all undone?

Hardly.

The Lions still possess one of the most lethal pass combos in the NFL in Matthew Stafford and Calvin (Megatron) Johnson. They’ve also added blazing-fast running back Reggie Bush.

On defence, they’ve retooled the defensive line, adding ends Jason Jones and Israel Idonije through free agency and talent-dripping Ziggy Ansah via the draft to agument Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley inside.

The Lions also have upgraded their perennially torched secondary.

Early in training camp, I sat down with Schwartz to discuss these changes and what else is in store for 2013:


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