When the Lions traded with Seattle for Rob Sims last spring, they told him in no uncertain terms why.
“They said they wanted to have (No.) 9 be upright,” Sims said, referring to quarterback Matthew Stafford. “Pass protection has been an issue here in the past. It’s been a big emphasis for us, and that’s one of the things I think I do well and the rest of the guys do well.”
With Sims solidifying the troublesome left guard spot, the Lions’ first-team offensive line has done a better job protecting its quarterbacks this year.