ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Gunther Cunningham ran the NFL's second-worst defense last season. Now he's in charge of overhauling the worst one.
Cunningham's new Lions team was even worse, allowing 517 points while picking off just four passes. Both were league lows.
Cunningham, 62, didn't promise quick fixes for the league's first 0-16 team. He did say he hopes the Lions can get after opposing quarterbacks.
"We want to be aggressive and put pressure on the quarterback," he said Tuesday at the team's training facility. "You certainly want to put that mark on the Lions. You can have players as good as you want at the back end, but the front makes them play better."
Detroit's best hopes for that goal are defensive ends Dewayne White and Cliff Avril. White had six sacks and an interception last season, and Avril, a third-round draft pick out of Purdue, ended his rookie season with five sacks.
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