Detroit Lions Midseason Grades: Linebacker Report Card

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Stephen Tulloch

Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) runs with the ball at Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) in the fourth quarter at Ford Field. The Lions won 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


For as much fanfare as there was surrounding the signing of Stephen Tulloch in Detroit, his play has gone largely unnoticed. He’s the team’s leader in tackles, has a pair of sacks to his name, and continues to be a leader in the defense, even if he doesn’t get all the fanfare on an Urlacher or Lewis-type player.

Grade: B+


Tulloch has been a little short on splash plays this season, largely because his neighbor in the defense has pulled them all in (more on that in a minute). Tulloch is more about consistent, solid play, which he has provided in plentiful quantities. That said, he hasn’t forced a fumble or interception since the season opener against Minnesota.

Grade: B-

Vs. Expectations

Tulloch isn’t playing poorly by any stretch of the imagination, but he never made that extra step to true stardom. He just quietly does his job at an above-average level.

Grade: C+


Tulloch’s actual play in Detroit has been solid, but the most important thing he does for the Lions is give them a consistent leader in the middle of the defense who knows what’s going on and stays healthy. He also hasn’t been penalized once all season. There isn’t much to criticize (or praise), really.

Grade: B