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ALLEN PARK, Mich. Can a franchise that hasnt won a playoff game in a quarter-century actually become overconfident?The answer is yes, according to Detroits Darius Slay.The Lions cornerback believes the Lions 1-7 start in 2015 stemmed partially from players continuing to revel in the succe s enjoyed the previous season rather than shifting their focus to the present.MORE: How Motor City is getting a remodeledride with LionsDetroit finished the 2014 campaign with an 11-5 regular-season record before suffering a controversial first-round lo s to Dallas in the playoffs. By the time the 2015 Lions began playing Brian Orakpo Jersey better football at midseason it was too late. Detroit finished 7-9 to mi s the postseason for the third time in four years."I felt as a team we were a little cocky about our playoff run since we hadnt been in the playoffs for so long, Slay said earlier this Tennessee Titans Jersey week as the Lions wrapped up training camp at team headquarters. We were excited. We got too comfortable."This year, we have to stay hungry and come out strong and fighting.Toward that end, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell altered the teams training camp routine with players reporting earlier than last season. Detroit also scheduled preseason practices with Pittsburgh before their Week 1 exhibition-game matchup. Caldwells teams hadnt previously worked with other teams during camp.MORE: 2016 NFC division predictionsThose se sions with the Steelers left Warren Moon Jersey the Lions feeling more confident about the positive effect that faster-paced practices have made on the teams conditioning. Several Lions players told Sporting News that they were in better physical shape than the Steelers.Defensive end Ziggy Ansah said the changes to this years Lions squad many of which have come about since Bob Quinn was named general manager in January should help the Lions avoid another disappointing season like last seasons 7-9 campaign."This is my fourth year. I dont think I felt good about my team until this year, said Ansah, who led the Lions with 14.5 sacks in 2015. I feel really good about this team Avery Williamson Jersey , especially the young guys. Everyone is eager to learn and try to be better.MORE: Preseason Power Rankings"One of our goals for this year is to be very fundamentally sound. Everybody is working on their technique, communication, a signment and alignment. I think were going to have a good season.For that to happen, some early succe s is a must. The Lions open with there of their first four games on the road starting September 11 in Indianapolis.Alex Marvez and co-host Gil Brandt interviewed Darius Slay and Ziggy Ansah on SiriusXM NFL Radio.