Grading the Detroit Lions defensive starters.

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January 23, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions players Team Irvin quarterback Matthew Stafford (9), Team Carter free safety Glover Quin (27), Team Irvin wide receiver Golden Tate (15) during photo day at The Arizona Biltmore. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Health: Glover Quin managed to stay healthy all year-long. That’s great especially when considering the Lions past at this position. Louis Delmas spent most of thee time either playing good football or injured. unfortunately it was the latter that seemed to occur more. That alone makes quin a major upgrade.

Grade: 5

Big Play: Quin was all over the field this year. It seemed as though every time the Lions needed a turnover Quin was there. Most notably against the Saints. Brees had been picking the Lions apart all day until Quin made a huge interception that set the Lions up for a huge come from behind win.

Grade: 5

dependability: You could almost use the same sentence from above when explaining how the Lions depend on Quin. Glover has been the guy that can shut down a big play if the corners can’t make the stop. He is a safety net in every sense of the word.

Grade: 4

Smart Play: Quin has played a smart brand of football all season. Watching out for his team and being a leader. to refer to back to his pick on brees, Quin spied the play from the get go. He watched brees every move and anticipated where brees would throw the ball and put himself there. That is a smart veteran move from a guy that clearly understands how to play his position.

Grade: 4

Impact: Glover Quin is the first Lions secondary player to make the Pro Bowl since Dre Bly. It’s all because of his impact. Quin led the league in interceptions and made teams respect the Lions secondary all season long. This bodes well for the Lions considering the talent at quarterback in the NFC North. Quin’s play had a major effect on a few of the Lions 11 wins this season.


Overall Grade: 23