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Erik Coleman confident he can learn Lions' defense quickly

Veteran signed before lockout Brad Biggs

Print This May 30, 2011, 05:20 PM EST

Some questioned why the Detroit Lions didn’t do more in their draft to address what have been gaping holes in their secondary.

But you have to remember the Lions did get to work in the defensive backfield before the NFL’s lockout got under way more than two months ago.

As Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press points out, veteran Erik Coleman signed with the Lions. He’s a safety they are hoping to pair next to youngster Louis Delmas to solidify the back of the defense.

A former Atlanta Falcon, Coleman was let go after the 2010 season. A knee injury contributed to him losing his starting job. Now, he considers having a contract to be a blessing.

“Being a free agent and not knowing where you're going to go once the lockout is done would probably be a very frustrating thing,” Coleman said. “That uncertainty would definitely make a player uncomfortable.”

Even though he’s a newcomer, he doesn’t have any fear of being far behind his teammates when football does finally resume.

“I did come in and meet with some coaches. Got to talk football with the coaches, took some notes and things like that,” Coleman said. "But I'm a football player. I can adjust. It's just a matter of learning the defensive language that (defensive coordinator Gunther) Cunningham uses ... and going out and executing.”

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune
 

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