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Lions OC Darrell Bevell Says the Team Will Commit to the Run Game in 2019

While plenty of teams are going to more of a high flying attack around the NFL, the Lions might be going in an opposite direction in 2019, at least according to new OC Darrell Bevell, who says the team is going to run, run and run some more.

While the spread offense has infiltrated the NFL and wunderkind coaches like Sean McVay and his pass-happy disciples have taken over the league, Bevell is still holding true to his old-school philosophies.

“We’ll always be about running the football,” Bevell, the Lions’ new offensive coordinator, said Tuesday in his first interview since he was hired in January. “We want to be a tough, hard-nosed, physical football team. We want to be able to exert our will on our opponents.”

Bevell’s ideology – his other tenets are protecting the football and being explosive in the passing game – is rooted in his days as a player at Wisconsin, where his game-management skills as a quarterback helped Barry Alvarez raise a moribund Badgers program.

“It is different for the opponent,” Bevell said. “If you’re playing the Rams and the Chiefs and those teams week in and week out, they’re defending the same thing. All of a sudden you play us, there’s going to be different things to defend and they have to decide how they want to do it, if they’re going to have to personnel it different. I think it kind of gives you a little bit of an edge that way.”

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