Twentyman in the Huddle Episode 4: Safeties coach Brian Duker on what to expect from Lions defense

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On this week’s episode of Twentyman in the Huddle, Lions safeties coach Brian Duker joins Tim Twentyman to discuss the back end of Detroit’s defense. After diving in to Duker’s background as a defensive analyst for the Baltimore Ravens, the two break down the acquisition of DeShon Elliott, Ifeatu Melifonwu’s possible position change and why the Lions jumped at the chance to draft Kerby Joseph in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Highlights include:
0:00-0:26: Podcast introduction
0:27-2:28: What does the role of defensive analyst entail?
2:29-3:55: How has Duker’s past as a defensive analyst helped prepare him for his current job?
3:56-4:30: Discussing Duker’s past work with Aaron Glenn in Cleveland in 2015
4:31-4:51: What is Duker’s educational background?
4:52-6:58: What can the Lions do to become a more consistent defensive unit like Baltimore’s?
6:59-7:56: How is working alongside Lions defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant?
7:57-9:03: What are the Lions getting in new safety DeShon Elliott?
9:04-10:25: How can Tracy Walker develop into one of the league’s premier safeties in 2022?
10:25-11:12: How have Tracy Walker and DeShon Elliott looked playing together in OTAs?
11:12-13:03: How will the new 4-3 scheme affect the way the Lions safeties play?
13:04-15:23: What can Ifeatu Melifonwu bring as a versatile piece of Detroit’s secondary?
15:24-16:45: Why were the Lions so excited to draft Illinois safety Kerby Joseph?
16:46-17:30: How important is film study to the safeties when preparing for practice and games?
17:31-18:24: How has the defensive verbiage changed from year one to year two with this coaching staff?
18:25-19:59: What will make the Lions defense a better unit in 2022 when compared to last year?
20:00-21:15: How will a better pass rush lead to more defensive success for the Lions?
21:16-23:02: What kind of improvements can Lions fans expect from both the defense and the safeties group in 2022?
23:03-23:23: Wrapping things up with Brian Duker
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