The Lions defense picked up where it left off in Sunday's season-opener against the 49ers. So did Jeff Okudah.
After rookie Elijah Mitchell ran for a 38-yard touchdown to put San Francisco up 14-7 early in the second quarter, TV cameras caught Lions defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant laying into Okudah on the sideline. With his finger in Okudah's face, Pleasant yelled repeatedly at the former third overall pick to "Do your job!"
Okudah ran out of position on the play, following a receiver toward the sideline and making a big hole even bigger for Mitchell. Then safety Will Harris botched a tackle, then Okudah collided with Harris, then both of them hit the deck as Mitchell raced into the end zone.
And then Okudah got an ear full from Pleasant, who proved in training camp he's not shy in correcting his players' mistakes. If Okudah was trying to explain himself, Pleasant didn't want to hear it.
It only got worse for the Lions from there. The 49ers scored another touchdown on their next drive and took a 31-10 lead into halftime.
And early in the third quarter, Okudah allowed a 79-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel. New year, same story.