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Gunther Cunningham: Kyle Vanden Bosch is the best I’ve seen

Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has been a football coach for decades. In all that time, Cunningham says, Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch is the best of player he’s coached.

“I’ve coached this game a long time and I’ve coached some really good players, a few of them are in the Hall of Fame,” Cunningham said. “But Kyle is the best football player I’ve ever been around in my life. You can talk about stats and sacks, but put on the tape and watch that game. It was the most unbelievable effort I’ve seen in 30 years of coaching by any position player.”

Those are awfully strong words, but Vanden Bosch is obviously the type of player who makes defensive coordinators fall in love. After all, when he became a free agent, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, who had previously been Vanden Bosch’s defensive coordinator in Tennessee, made a midnight visit to Vanden Bosch’s door to get a deal done.

Cunningham is glad Schwartz was able to bring Vanden Bosch to town.