Nick Fairley studies Reggie White's club move that carried him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He watches Warren Sapp, too.

He envisions himself doing the Sapp twist move or the White club.

And, Fairley plans on using these techniques to not only justify himself as a top-100 player, but to make the Lions great.

"I expect big things," the Lions defensive tackle said. "I am going to say we are going to the Super Bowl because I am competitive and that is what I want for the team and it is one of the goals. I am sure we are going to take it game by game and day by day."

It's silly talk at this point because the Lions are one of four teams (Browns, Jaguars and Texans) never to have played in the Super Bowl. And, the Lions are coming off a 4-12 season.

Still, the competitive drive inside Fairley is why he believes in himself — and his team.

"I always have high expectations," said Fairley, who hosts his second annual Kickball tournament Saturday at Belle Isle. "I got my kickball tournament and I am trying to win these games. It is the competitor in me that comes out on Sundays."
He has the moves

Fairley's game is more complex than Ndamukong Suh's.

Suh can beat people with strength and the club. Fairley has more moves, including a spin move.

And now, his game is in focus.

"I try to watch those guys (White and Sapp) and pick up things," Fairley said. "I try to see what footwork they use and what moves they had and apply that to what I do. I am just trying to use quickness and power and hopefully it works for me."

Fairley showed he can dominate during a five-game stretch last season, when he compiled 5.5 sacks. But he missed six games (foot) and a shoulder injury ended his season.

He is healthy now — and dangerous.