Fisher: Defense will be 'vicious'
The Lions' first minicamp is still a week away, but cornerback Travis Fisher likes what he's seen from the new defense.
I think it'll be vicious, Fisher said. We got some guys who can run around. We got a great scheme, great coach, just very excited about getting to camp.
Fisher is one of just a handful of holdovers from last year's 0-16 team in the mix for starting jobs. The Lions signed defensive tackle Grady Jackson and cornerback Phillip Buchanon as free agents, traded for outside linebacker Julian Peterson and corner/safety Anthony Henry, and likely will add one or two more defensive starters in the draft.
Though he didn't have an interception last year, Fisher said he feels like the No. 1 cornerback and stands to benefit from the more aggressive, man-oriented scheme the Lions will play.
We're doing some things that I like, some things that brought me back, made me think about when I was younger in the league, he said. So I'm just happy to be back, I'm in shape and happy to see guys smiling.
As for how the Lions can finally field a top-half-of-the-NFL defense, Fisher didn't mince words.
We just need to just beat excuse my French but just beat the s out of teams that come into Detroit defensively, Fisher said. Not allow them to score. Be crucial in the red zone. I'm going to speak for the defensive backfield, we can't allow the guys to catch balls.