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Make no mistake, Detroit Lions got better Wednesday

Posted by ttwentyman on March 13, 2013 – 6:52 pm

The Lions had themselves quite a day Wednesday. They ended up going 4-for-4 on their top free-agent targets.

Reggie Bush, Glover Quin and Jason Jones are the newest Lions, and Chris Houston has been their No. 1 priority to re-sign among their own unrestricted free agents. The Lions designated all four players as a must-have and they got their men.

–Bush immediately makes the Lions offense more explosive and allows them to now focus more attention on building up their defense.

–Quin might have been the best safety available on the market and the player the Lions specifically targeted for his all-around skills as a former cornerback.

–Jones is Detroit-born and has been looking for more of an opportunity to start and showcase his multi-dimensional rushing skills at defensive end.

–Houston became the team’s No. 1 cornerback last year and has steadily improved his game every year in Detroit. He’s a worker and professional.

“Well, it’s obviously saying that they want to be a winner,” Jones said of the Lions’ signings Wednesday.

“You know, obviously last season wasn’t what they wanted after going to the playoffs. So, they want to win. The teams that want to win, they do things to win. So, they’ve brought in guys that are proven and guys that can help.

“So, our job is to come in and fit in with the team and do our job to contribute and try to get us over the hump.”

All four players are 28 years old or younger, durable and playing in their prime.

“I’m not so much worried about records or what happened last year,” Bush said.

“Every year is a new year. What happened last year has no bearing on what’s going to happen in this season. That’s the way we have to approach it. We have to approach it as a new year and learn from the mistakes of last year, but at the same time figuring out a way to get better.”

Make no mistake, the Lions got better Wednesday.


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23 Responses to “Make no mistake, Detroit Lions got better Wednesday”

  1. By stephanie on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I just wanted to say good job lions cant wait for the new season now go get the good draft picks. superbowl is not far off I believe in you guys.

  2. By Brian on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    A good day and many good signings!!!

  3. By Dan on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Whew!!! I thought Houston was gone for sure. So far, so good Lions, keep it up.

  4. By Shane-O on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    When can I order my Bush jersey?

  5. By Denise on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Great work, love the Quinn signing, helps with the back end of the defense. Still concerned about the offensive line – they need to be so much better in opening holes for Reggie than the group last year. Would love another solid OL pick in the 1st, DE in the second. Everyone is saying “get a corner” but we drafted 3 last year. We must be able to draft in the middle and lower rounds and develop those guys. If we truly go best player available consider Warmack or Fisher. A good center would be awesome in a later round. NO wide receivers — too many misses. If you insist, draft one in the 6th or 7th — show some good scouting for those lower round picks.
    Can’t wait for the season to start. Go Lions! Good job to the staff on FA signings so far.

  6. By RAINMAN on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Glad we didn’t resign Avril. But we need Delmas.

  7. By Dave "Waz" on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Well, it’s time for Matthew Stafford to step up and restrucure his contract so we can pick up one or two more key pieces. Matt, if you really want to win and you are a team guy, ya gotta do it, and do it NOW man! One more safety, add in a corner with additional cap space, we’re golden. Toss in what we get in the draft, hopefully a heat seeking missle like Jarvis Jones and then start buying all that beef up front to give time for the QB and open spaces for the backs. We are soooo close. C’mon Matt, step up to the table and do what’s needed.

  8. By John Brown on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Can you explain to me how we got better at rushing the passer when both men have been in the league for 5 seasons he has 18.5 sacks and Cliff has 39.5

  9. By Jim on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Tim do you think the Lions are going to re-sign Delmas and who do you think the Lions will pick up in the draft this year ??

  10. By Wajiboy on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Its about time the management did this correctly. We actually got some personal that makes us better. I ask one thing don’t toy around without making the O L improved. I feel like we need the LT position and at the least another O L men to go with what we have. Then is mostly defense which I think we can still get someone else from the FA and later perhaps a big wide receiver opposite of Calvin or put let that white boy that played in college with Matt gain about 20 more pounds. You’ve got 3 decent tackles in the draft get one of them with the intial pick or try and trade Avril for a couple of picks or something. Would like to see the central Michigan guy as our LT but you would have to do some neg with a few teams picking before us.

  11. By Andrea L. Molinari on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Make no mistake: The Defensive line is NOT better. We have an UNPROVEN guy in Jason Jones. Can he stay healthy all year, play through injury as Cliff Avril did? What about Willie Young who could not beat out an aging, injured KVB? Is that the answer?

    Our defense STILL lacks a SAFETY. I like Amari but his concussions have been serious and we CANNOT assume that he will be there. J. Best anyone? Learning anything here?

    How does our defense rank in the NFC NORTH? I will not even dare to compare us to SF. Face it: this is a start but we are still in need of serious talent on the defensive side.

  12. By Brian W on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Great Day! More work to be done, we replaced very good players with great versatile players. Still holes to be filled thru the draft and development of past draft picks. Can’t be satisfied with where we were but must improve to win more games including playoffs. Top brass showed commitment to improve, how about others by improving cap space (Mr. Stafford) for more talent thru FA. Time to step up and reward the fans.

  13. By Brian W on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    nice to see longer deals aiming toward long term success.

  14. By Craig on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Reggie Bush provides a very important piec that the Lions desperately needed. He is the outside threat out of the backfield. He’s an all-purpose runner that can attack at any part of the line. Is outside speed will spread the linebackers and slow them down on the rush to the quaterback. And with Johnson, a helthy Burleson, and Pettigrew drawing the cornerbacks, and safeties down field Bush gives you that ouside dump pass capability. The opposition will have to spread themsleves thin. At best they will have to defend the Lions with layers type zones. This will open things up for Bush, who is a great open field runner. And that opens up everything for the passing game.
    Other things the lions have done, and maybe even more importantly than who they are bringing in, is who they have let go. The rightside of the offensive line needed to be changed. Cherilus was a big bady, but missed blocks in critical situations. And his penalties killed so many drives. Avril had one really good year. Back when nobody knew who he was. Then he was someone that they were pointing out to make sure he got blocked. VandenBosh, I hate to see him go because of his intensity and leadership. He has lost a step though. He was easily pushed away from his pursuit of the quarterback.
    I like the other free agent pickups.A safety that can blitz. A guy with experience and an field leadership ability. Jones is a defensive line guy that is versatile. Speed and power. He will have a field day with Suh and Fairly eating up all the attention of the opposing offensive line. The Lions will have 4 power and fast guys on that d-line.
    Next will be the draft…

  15. By Aaron on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Our defense is definitely better? Avril played as well as an average DE, he got to the QB but was terrible against the run. So starting some younger guys doesn’t make us any worse, and we won’t know anymore until training camp.
    Speivey was cleared at the exit physical at the end of the season or they wouldn’t have resigned him, even at that its a 1 year deal to see how he comes back. He will start at the beginning of this season.
    Every defense is different, and has different schemes and game plans. Personally i think the 3-4 is more effective, which is what SF has. But because their defense is good, doesn’t automatically make ours bad? That makes no sense at all.

  16. By Dumitru Vlad on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Awesome job, Lions! I’ve been raving about it all day. Can’t wait for the season to start. And the draft hasn’t even happened yet! I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. DETROIT LIONS!!!!

  17. By brandonb8t on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Andrea, PAY ATTENTION. We signed a safety. Glover Quinn. Delmas may be back yet (and hopefully healthy). Free agency isn’t over and the draft is still ahead of us. Jason Jones is unproven but he has potential and I am confident in him. We made great moves today. Damn, some people are so hard to please. Joyless, negative nellies. Go jump ship and become a Packer fan. Who needs you?

  18. By Jason on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    I like that they also dropped an offer in on Hixon from NYG…. a lot of potential and didn’t get any chances to showcase it there. Calvin, Burleson, Broyles and Hixon would be a SWEET mix of WR’s!

  19. By dmick on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Who else are you picking up in free agency? I’m hoping since your not drafting a safety your looking at a 2 year contract at bargin pricing for another safety to shut down the pass and run.

  20. By Michigan Man Marvelous on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Houston (CB) and Quinn (SS), this is a great start to rebuilding the Defensive Backfield. However, Delmas might be leaving town soon, and we still don’t have a shut-down cornerback. Let alone, a free-safety to replace him. I think our LIONS almost have to grab up Milliner at #5 if he’s still on the board. However, the LIONS are one true defensive leader away from being in the hunt again. Ed Reed is still out there too? GOOOOOOOOO LIONS!!!

  21. By Dale Jenser on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    I love what the Lions just did, but they still have a long way to go to match the top teams. Hopefully there are more days like the 13th. Dale jensen

  22. By russ montgomery on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    shut down and ed reed were in the car

  23. By lions20 on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    You do know Avril was a free agent an signed with Seattle right? Please refrain from commenting on any more Lions topics. Thank you.

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