Teryl Austin likes what he has seen Ndamukong Suh do on the playing field from watching tape of the Lions’ All-Pro defensive tackle, and he likes what Suh has had to say in their brief conversations.

Those impressions represent a good start for Austin who is less than one month into his job as the Lions’ new defensive coordinator.

There are a lot of questions to answer for head coach Jim Caldwell and his staff as they take over a team that finished out of the playoffs by losing six of the last seven games in an epic collapse.

Many of those questions include the defense. Among them: how to improve a pass rush that ranked 28th in the league with 33 sacks, what kind of help to get for a secondary where Chris Houston was the only cornerback with an interception, and whether the overall philosophy will be to attack more than the Lions have done in the recent past.

In the first week of February, most teams have more questions than answers, and the Lions are no exception. Some of those concern Suh. There have been reports that Suh liked working under Kris Kocurek and Jim Washburn, the two defensive line coaches who were retained by Caldwell.

Suh also is entering the final year of the five-year contract he signed as a rookie in 2013. He has been in the process of changing agents, and there is no way of knowing what impact that will make on negotiations.