Austin eager to take over talented Detroit defense

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Associated Press

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 10:01 AM

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin says he's already had a chance to chat with Ndamukong Suh.

Austin said he and the star defensive tackle didn't talk about many football specifics, but he can tell Suh wants to win.

Austin was hired to join the staff of new Lions coach Jim Caldwell, and the defensive coordinator met with reporters Friday. Consistency has been an issue for Detroit on both sides of the ball. The Lions collapsed down the stretch, finishing 7-9, and the perception is that this is still a talented team that was too mistake prone under coach Jim Schwartz, who was fired after the season.

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