When Quin we expect to win a ring
Our safeties, like our corners, feature one star player. Glover Quin has been a steady, very good player ever since arriving in Detroit from Houston. As our free safety, he has played at a Pro Bowl level, despite being snubbed for the honor.
The problem has come after Quin, though. Tavon Wilson, now on injured-reserve, was only a marginal starter prior to his shoulder injury landing him on the deactivated list.
Miles Killebrew, the projected backup at strong safety, has had a rather poor showing after being a very good third down option last year.
The Lions have actually carried five safeties all year: Quin, Wilson, Killebrew, Charles Washington, and special-team’er, Don Carey. What is odd is that when Wilson went down, it has been Quandre Diggs, a cornerback, that has been inserted as the starting strong safety, not any of the other three named players.
I think that tells you a lot about the talent after Quin. To reiterate the point about the cornerbacks, the unit lacks speed, although many of the best safeties do not run faster than a 4.5 second forty yard dash. If you don’t have great speed at corner, you’d better have some safeties that can hoof it.