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Lions training camp questions: Can Matt Patricia Jersey bring Patriots touch to Detroit?

In the lead-up to training camps, USA TODAY Sports will be taking a look at the key questions facing each NFL team. Today, we break down the Detroit Lions:
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How good will the run game be?

New coach Matt Patricia will incorporate elements of the 3-4 he ran with the Patriots and wants his defense to be as versatile as possible.

In mid-May, the Lions jettisoned Akeem Spence, a typical 4-3 rotational defensive lineman who was productive, in a trade to the Dolphins. The only defensive lineman they drafted was Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand, who is a prototype for the versatility required of a 3-4 lineman.

Bettcher didn’t get that job; instead, the Cardinals settled on Steve Wilks as their new head coach. But if he has a successful season as the new defensive coordinator for Giants, he’ll soon get his shot.

As we saw with the hires of Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans) and Patricia (Lions) in 2018, there’s still plenty of demand for bright young defensive minds.

Bettcher fits that bill.

A protege Colton Parayko Jersey of New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, the 40-year-old is an aggressive defensive game-planner and excellent motivator. In three years as Arizona’s defensive coordinator, the team ranked fifth defensively in 2015, second in 2016 and sixth a year ago. The personnel changed, Darian Stewart Authentic Jersey but the results didn’t.

If Bettcher replicates that on one of the NFL’s biggest stages in 2018, the head coaching job he covets will likely be his in 2019.