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What They're Saying: Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions coaches and players comment on their upcoming game against the New England Patriots.


On the Patriots defense...
"Each and every year they always perform extremely well, keep people out of the end zone and give you all kinds of problems, schematically and physically. [Vince] Wilfork is still a force, and [Dont'a] Hightower is a force. Obviously, they have two great corners out there playing for them now. The safeties, [Logan] Ryan and [Patrick] Chung, those guys get around and make plays. [Dominique] Easley up front – just so many great players that are playing for them. They do a great job each and every year."
- Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell

On the Patriots secondary...
"Another good challenge. They're physical guys kind of like last week. They're real hand-sy they like to grab and stuff. We just have to be physical back and try and knock those hands down so we can get moving on the routes."
- Lions WR Calvin Johnson

On playing the Patriots...
"We're going against a very good football team, but we're not going in this with a mindset like, 'Oh, they're unbeatable, they do everything so amazing."
- Lions S James Ihedigbo

On going up against Tom Brady...
"He's a normal quarterback or any other guy. I wouldn't say I get extra excited, but I'm always excited to go against any type of quarterback and have an opportunity to have success against them."
- Lions DT Ndamukong Suh

On Jonas Gray...
"Obviously, [he's] a very capable guy. It's great to see that things have worked out well for him because he was a hard worker. He was a guy that was really determined, and you could see he had a real desire to play. It's worked well for him, really great play last week. We know we've got to get ready for him because he's powerful and has a nose for the end zone."
- Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell

"He is very impressive. [He] runs very hard and [is a] pretty big, good-sized back. It'll be a good test for our defense to rally to him and make plays and gang-tackle him and make sure we get him down."
- Lions DT Ndamukong Suh

On Rob Gronkowski...
"He's obviously a great talent, just an incredible run, particularly when you look at the one he had against Indianapolis. He can catch the ball, and not only is he a fine pass catcher, but he can also run with it after he gets it. Very, very unusual gifts that he has. "
- Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell

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