Below is a look at what new Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin had to say during his introductory press conference earlier this week. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)
Opening statement: "I would just like to thank the Detroit Lions organization, the coaching staff, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to continue my career and come in and help and contribute in the best way that I can. You know, bringing in my family, taking care of us and it's just a great feeling. I'm really happy right now. So, just excited, man."
On why Detroit and how strongly Houston pursued him to return: "Well, I mean, I'm really not here to talk about the Texans. I'm here to talk about the Lions signing me and I'm really happy. They were very interested and they did what they had to do. They said the things that I wanted to hear and I'm happy to come in and help out and I'm a Detroit Lion. I'm happy and it's going to be a great year."
On what he wanted to hear from the Lions: "Well, first of all, I think as a player you want to go somewhere where you're wanted, where you're appreciated for the things that you've done and the things you can do and bring to the table. They expressed all those things to me and they told me what they expected out of me and what I can bring to the table. It sounded great."
On what he can bring to the Lions secondary: "Well, first and foremost, I want to come in and just help and contribute in any way I can. I mean, obviously I've been playing for a long time, about four years. So, I've got a little experience in things that I can do. Just a little leadership and trying to help out in competition and just trying to get to the next level."
On his durability as a safety: "I think that was a big deal because in this league, it's all about if you can play on Sundays. I mean, it doesn't really matter how good you are if you're not able to go out there and play on Sundays and play at a high level. So, obviously being healthy and being able to play for as many games and not missing games, obviously that plays a part in a team's decision and investing in you."
On why he has been so durable as a player: "God. That's the only pinpoint thing I can say. I mean, I'm a firm believer in God and he's blessed me over my whole career. I mean, he's continued to make a way and help me out. So, I just have to give thanks to him for putting me in this situation and keeping me safe through all these tough games and these physical players."
On what the Lions' free agency activity means to him: "Well, it's obviously saying that they want to be a winner. 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."
On his perceptions of DT Ndamukong Suh as a player: "I mean, he's a great player. He's a very strong, very physical guy. I mean, he plays the game with a nasty attitude. You have to have that. There's nothing nice going on between those lines, so you're out there trying to win and things happen. I'm looking forward to playing with him. He's a great guy up front. That's a defensive back's best friend, a good front seven."
On if any Texans players reached out to him: "Yeah, your friends, your teammates and those people want to see you come back. You make so many friends and so many relationships in this league. So, it's obviously hard to see guys go and to break up from guys. But it's a part of it. It's something that you understand in this business. They wanted to see me come back, but they're not the guys that make decisions. So, you know, I decided to come to Detroit."
On if any Lions players reached out to him: "No."
On what RB Reggie Bush will bring to the Lions offense: "Well, I mean, that's definitely going to take it to another dynamic. I mean, they were very dynamic last year. When the Texans played them on Thanksgiving, they put up 400-something yards I think. So, they're a very dynamic offense with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson and getting Reggie Bush is going to bring that dimension on third downs that Jahvid Best used to have with the screen passes receiving out of the backfield. I mean, he's going to be a great addition to this offense. They're going to be even more explosive."
On how far away he thinks the Lions defense is from being productive: "I don't think it's far at all. I mean, it's just all about being responsible to each other, being accountable to each other and putting in the work each and every day to get the results on Sundays. So, it's what you have to do. You have to go out and work and, I mean, they have a lot of pieces here, a lot of talent and things like that. All we have to do is go out now and put the work in."
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