PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Brian Baker could've screamed, "Eureka!"
The Detroit Lions' defensive line coach, searching for a way to revitalize the team's struggling pass rush, found what he was looking for.
Baker was watching last season's game against Minnesota at home on videotape late Tuesday night. He saw the Lions' defensive line stalking quarterbacks Randall Cunningham and Jeff George and causing havoc in the Vikings' backfield.
"I said to myself, 'Yeah, that's the way this group can play,"' Baker said. "We had guys flying around all over the place and throwing themselves at people. We need to get back to that style of play where we're imposing our will on people."
The Lions (3-1) are off to a good start without much production from their defensive line, which was supposed to be a strength of this team.
Robert Porcher is the only active defensive end in the NFL to record at least 10 sacks in each of the past four seasons.
But the next sack Porcher gets will be the first one this season. The same is true for Luther Elliss and James Jones.
Tracy Scroggins, who was responsible for the only sack in last weekend's 21-14 win at Chicago, leads Detroit with three sacks. The rest of the team has combined for just four sacks.
"The pass rush is a big concern, and it isn't just Robert (Porcher)," Lions coach Bobby Ross said. "That's our biggest weakness on defense right now, and it should be a strength. It's always going to be tough against Chicago, because you are always watching for screens and the kid (Cade McNown) scrambling around.
"But we're barely getting a touch on anyone, and that's not good enough."
"We're not playing to the level we're capable of," he said. "So far, we've been good enough to win but that might not be good enough anymore. We have not been aggressive and we have not been physical, and that's got to change."
The Lions will need an effective pass rush Sunday against visiting Minnesota (3-0).
If Daunte Culpepper has time to throw, it makes it difficult for any defensive back to stay with Randy Moss or Chris Carter.
If Culpepper is flushed out of the pocket, he challenges defenses with his ability to run. The second-year quarterback out of Central Florida has rushed for 169 yards on 33 carries.
If Baker was a college or a high school coach, he would attempt to motivate the defensive line by screaming at them.
But that sort of teaching technique doesn't work too well with grown men whose talents have earned them millions of dollars.
"You have to intelligently show them what they're not doing and what they need to do," Baker said. "When you're talking about non-technique things, like playing with emotion, that comes down to the guys being true professionals and challenging themselves.
"I know this group can do what we're looking for and I would be very, very disappointed if they didn't come out Sunday very physical and very aggressive."
Free safety Kurt Schulz is the NFC's defensive player of the week.
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