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Houston says Lions secondary will “surprise a lot of people,” if healthy


Much has been said about the performance of the Lions’ secondary last season, punctuated with a 466-yard shredding by Drew Brees and the Saints in the playoffs, which came six days after being filleted by Matt Flynn and the Packers.

Cornerback Chris Houston believes that the situation is being made to seem worse than it really is.

“The last two games of the season, there was a drop-off,” Houston said, via Dave Dye of  “We had a lot of injuries and guys trying to play through injuries. That comes with the game.  There’s no excuses. . . .  But before that — those 13, 14 games – we were up there at the top.  If we can stay healthy, we’re going to surprise a lot of people.”

Houston has a point.  As Dye points out, safety Louis Delmas missed the last five regular-season games.  Other defensive backs were dinged up late in the year, including Aaron Berry, Amari Spievey, and Erik Coleman.

Even if the defensive backs remains healthy for every game in 2012, the Lions must account for the departure of Eric Wright to Tampa via free agency.  “He can help take away the best wide receiver,” Houston said of Wright.  “We’re going to miss him.”

With Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler in the division and plenty of other high-end quarterbacks elsewhere in the conference, the Lions need to find a way to improve their pass defense, or it’ll be impossible to improve on last year’s one-and-done trip to the postseason.

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31 Responses to “Houston says Lions secondary will “surprise a lot of people,” if healthy”
  1. tigers182 says: Jul 6, 2012 8:07 PM

    Not a crazy statement. Delmas has been injured a good portion of his career, Coleman was injured all last year and their rookies have a lot of athleticism and potential.

  2. funktron2x says: Jul 6, 2012 8:17 PM

    People are going to ridicule and put down Houston in the comments here, but anyone who watched the Lions before all the injuries in the secondary late saw a team that played at least good pass defense. There is talent there, and what he says isn’t far fetched.

  3. samapoc says: Jul 6, 2012 8:25 PM

    Houston says this every year. I can’t knock his positive attitude.

  4. jaimelh02 says: Jul 6, 2012 8:26 PM

    As in how “surprisingly” bad they’re going to be

  5. ShimSham says: Jul 6, 2012 8:26 PM

    If healthy… and not drunk behind the wheel.

  6. commandercornpone says: Jul 6, 2012 8:27 PM

    part of the problem is they play a variant of the 9 wide and a lot of guys rush the passer.

    no one left out in the middle to tackle anyone.

  7. tommy972 says: Jul 6, 2012 8:28 PM

    I’m sure they’ll have a decent secondary considering who they have on the defensive line. (Suh, Fairley, Avril, etc.)

  8. sportmentary says: Jul 6, 2012 8:34 PM

    “surprise a lot of people,” if healthy and out of legal trouble. They have to stay on the foeld first and not in a court room or prison.

  9. jbythebay says: Jul 6, 2012 8:36 PM

    Packers won the Super Bowl with 15 guys on it. no excuses

  10. philly4lyfe says: Jul 6, 2012 8:38 PM

    And if not in jail.

  11. chrismgillis says: Jul 6, 2012 8:42 PM

    Ya know. I hear a lot of people talk about Matt Flynn’s performance which somehow overshadows Matthew Stafford’s 520 yards in that game. And I hear a lot of Packers fans saying their defense was beat up. Well so were the Lions. But you don’t hear Lions fans hiding behind that blanket.

  12. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 6, 2012 8:46 PM

    If Healthy?

    How about “if not in jail for a DUI”

  13. dd393 says: Jul 6, 2012 8:49 PM

    They’ll surprise a lot of people if they stay out of jail.

  14. redruckus81 says: Jul 6, 2012 8:49 PM

    Houston is right. For most of the year the secondary held up just fine with their only really bad showing coming against Dallas. If they AND the Dline (because lets face it the secondary does need the pass rush to stay strong) this is a secondary that you can certainly win with. Injuries are a reality of the NFL though so hopefully they can avoid serious ones.

    Losing Eric Wright isnt ideal but by the same token Im glad the Lions didnt overpay for him like the Bucs did. He was a guy who was way better covering the slot than he was outside and his coverage and tackling werent nearly as good in the second half of the season

  15. Soulman45 says: Jul 6, 2012 9:18 PM

    Will end up in the top 10 in deference.

  16. snipedanglecelly13 says: Jul 6, 2012 9:32 PM

    Lmao yeah staying out of jail is their top priority!

  17. lks311 says: Jul 6, 2012 9:32 PM

    Love all the guys weighing in with a variation of the, “if not in jail…” quip. Everyone of them thinking how completely clever & funny they are. Hilarious boys, original and hilarious.

  18. higgy5353 says: Jul 6, 2012 10:24 PM

    Don’t do drugs

  19. detroit20iron says: Jul 6, 2012 10:56 PM

    “If out of jail” rushing to make the negative comments due to the fact being so lame, anything to do with the Lions you rush to chime in.

  20. monsterscream says: Jul 6, 2012 11:15 PM

    notice he didn’t say ‘beat’

  21. justwaittilnextyear says: Jul 6, 2012 11:20 PM

    Well we can’t wait to see who’s biting the big one at the end of the year. I believe we will make the playoffs and the only team that scares me is Philidelphia.

  22. fanisy says: Jul 6, 2012 11:26 PM

    I was with him until he mentioned Eric Wright.

    It’s OK man, you can burn him now. He left after letting anyone he covered torch him.

  23. mattjay0101 says: Jul 6, 2012 11:35 PM

    As a season ticket holder I’d like to be recognized as sayinzz; Shut the hell up and win!

  24. deltanovembertoronto says: Jul 7, 2012 2:43 AM

    We drafted 3 CB’s … chances are we drafted at least one steal of the draft.

  25. ernie ernie says: Jul 7, 2012 9:51 AM

    The secondary will be better and this Lions team will be more competitive. They’ve got the talent.
    Ditto the Bears who also improved themselves.
    To me the real question mark is did the Packers get the talent they needed to mount a pass rush?
    The people they drafted late in the first and second rounds were there for a reason. If this doesn’t pan out, I see them at 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Teams will play them man not zone and Rogers will not have a field day this year.
    I don’t see either the Bears or Lions being worse than last year. It should be interesting.

  26. finalword33 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:06 AM

    They better.

  27. ahs2 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:43 AM

    Classy of him to not to mention that the secondary injuries were so bad that they had the teams #5 WR was thrown in at CB for the last two games…so I will mention it! That being said they were average at best without any injuries.

  28. lionsownyou says: Jul 7, 2012 7:11 PM

    Jay Cutler is a high end quarterback?

  29. dukemarc says: Jul 9, 2012 1:23 PM

    Why? Are they going to get worse? Is that even possible?

  30. dukemarc says: Jul 9, 2012 1:24 PM

    Why is it that Lions fans bitch and complain about injuries(Stafford, Secondary) like it’s going out of style?

    The Packers led the league in starters games missed in 2010 and won the Super Bowl – quit yer crying already.

  31. dukemarc says: Jul 9, 2012 2:23 PM

    The people they drafted late in the first and second rounds were there for a reason. If this doesn’t pan out, I see them at 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Teams will play them man not zone and Rogers will not have a field day this year.

    Thanks for the laugh ernie – you dope.

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