Allen Park-The Detroit Lions have exchanged for Eversong Refen to add teeth to the struggling Pass Rush. They didn’t have to wait long to get it.
After playing with a limited snap count on his debut in Minnesota, Griffen was unleashed on Sunday, putting Washington in the rack for a five-quarterback hit. And if it seems like a lot, it’s actually a franchise record. Ezekiel Ansah (2017), Ndamukong Suh (twice in 2012) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (2010) also hit quarterbacks five times in the game.
Now Glyphen needed only two games to join them. Early return on investment is not bad. Lions believe that once he settles in defense, there’s much more where it came from.
“Welcome addition,” said defense coordinator Corey Undrin. “He fits perfectly. There are actually only two times a week, but this week we have a little more snaps. As he gets used to the plan, he’s expected to grow. In some situations, some That can happen. On the phone, you come across several different situations. We are trying to manage, because I am trying to manage it for him he is all Don’t put him in some bad places (in our system) and all the techniques that didn’t have enough time to know.
“But he-hey, whatever you want me to do, whatever you want me to do, I’m doing it. I’m just positive about this. I’m looking forward to it. I am. “
I am not joking. That’s because if you hit Alex Smith five times and fire him once, like on Sunday, he’s pretty good at this defense.
Glyphen was acquired last month for a conditional sixth round pick in a deal with Dallas. He completed the COVID era onboarding two weeks ago and did some practice before making his Lions debut in Minnesota. He was excited to face his old team, especially his old coach about perceived complaints.
Mike Zimmer’s mistake: Call Glyphen a good player, Instead of a great one.
“They pay homage to my name,” Glyphen said. “He respects my name, that’s all I’m saying …. I’ve come to something for him on Sunday.”
Griffen was certainly excited about the game, walking around the field, yelling and yelling for the Vikings to come to the field., And curse the player when they run out of the tunnel..
In the end, Glyphen’s actual performance became more subdued. He defended three tackles and one pass against the Viking, but no sack or quarterback hits. In other words, he was great, but great.
Of course, Detroit made him easier to fold, so he only played 24 snaps in the game. On Sunday, Glyphen was loosened for 56 snaps. And he led the Lions Pass Rush to win two of the season’s best two sack and eight quarterback hits.
Romeo Okwara launched a fierce attack in the first nine games. He won 4 bags in the last 4 games and is currently ranked 12th overall in 6 games. Lions pass rush seems to be finally heading in the right direction.
“I wish I could spend some time with this young man,” Undrin said of Glyphen. “He’s a great person. Observing energy-from a distance, I don’t know if he can hear his voice or how to observe it-yes, he’s a great person.”