DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears talks with Detroit Lions defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham after the game at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Bears 24-13. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
The Detroit Lions are often thrown around as a favorite future contender given their tremendous young core of talent on both sides of the ball. But the team is also gaining a reputation for some of the trouble the players like Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure are getting into with the law.
Former Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham recently spoke out about the issues with Fairley in particular, and lamented the fact that he didn't help Fairley ahead of time.
"The disappointment that I have is that I bogged myself down in so much paperwork that I didn't see that coming," Cunningham said. "And I should have seen it. With my experience, I should have understood."
Interestingly enough, Cunningham went back to his days with the Chiefs for a great example of a player turning around perceptions about his character into a very successful NFL career.
"I'll give you one example, Dan Saleaumua," Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press. "(The Lions) threw him out. He went to the Pro Bowl for me. Now he has a chain of, I think, 55 drug stores ... and he runs them like a football team, and he's worth a lot of money. We didn't give up on him."