Whether it’s been coaches or players, the Lions have brought in several people this offseason who have experience winning a Super Bowl. Receiver Golden Tate won it last season with the Seahawks. Safety James Ihedigbo won it two years ago with the Ravens. And, coach Jim Caldwell, and coordinators Teryl Austin and Joe Lombardi, are among the new coaches who have won the Lombardi Trophy as assistants. Looking ahead to this season, Lions safety Glover Quin believes their experience will help push the team over the hump. “I think that helps a lot because it’s hard to know what it takes to win a Super Bowl if you’ve never won or even came close,” Quin said Thursday during a phone interview. “I never won one in Houston, but we went to the second round of the playoffs. And I know the dedication and the way we worked just to get that far.” Quin and Ihedigbo, who signed a two-year deal this week, live in Houston, so he said they worked out together Wednesday and plan to continue building a relationship before heading back to Detroit. With Ihedigbo manning the strong safety position, Quin will move to a free safety role, but doesn’t expect the titles to dictate how they play, saying the coaches will put both in position to play to their strengths. As an outside observer, Quin said he’s seen some common denominators in recent Super Bowl champions. In addition to great leadership, the players acted as brothers and had fun along the way, and he expects Ihedigbo and others to help improve the team’s atmosphere. “We were a good team last year, but I don’t think we were as close of a team as we needed to be,” Quin said of the Lions, who started 6-3 but lost six of their last seven. “I think we set some good groundwork last year, and we’ve just got to continue to build on changing the atmosphere, changing the culture around there.
Lions' Glover Quin impressed by veteran additions
Detroit News | Mar 28