The Detroit Lions only had one player elected to the Pro Bowl, and it should have been at least two. So why is safety Glover Quin’s omission a crime?
Not having won a playoff game since 1992, and having fielded the worst team in NFL history in 2008 (0-16), the Detroit Lions have struggled to gain national respect for decades. So it isn’t surprising that some of that disrespect carries over into the popularity contest that is Pro Bowl voting.
This season, the Lions only had one player elected to the league’s version of an All-Star game. That player being cornerback Darius Slay. After years of stellar play, Slay finally got the nod this season on the back of his league-leading seven interceptions. But Motor City fans have been singing his praises for quite some time.
Slay is going to be a very lonely Lion in Orlando next month as he was the only player out of Detroit to earn a Pro Bowl nomination this season. And he should have at least been joined by fellow teammate, safety Glover Quin.
Arguably the Lions’ defensive MVP this season, Quin has posted 69 total tackles, six pass defends, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown so far this year. And those numbers are arguably better than at least two of the three NFC safeties named to the Pro Bowl ahead of the nine-year veteran.
Those players being the Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas, New York Giants’ Landon Collins and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins. The latter being the most suspect, with Jenkins recording 69 total tackles, eight pass defends, two interceptions and a sack. Quin’s numbers are simply better. And if overall team record is a factor, why is Collins on the roster with the Giants currently sitting at 2-12?
According to the Detroit Free Press, Glover Quin was named a fourth alternate for the Pro Bowl, which is an absolute crime. Other alternates from the Lions’ squad include punt returner Jamal Agnew (1st), quarterback Matthew Stafford (2nd), guard T.J. Lang (3rd), and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. (4th).