If it’s up to Quin, the Lions will put the defense on the field first whenever they get the chance this year. For Quin, it’s simply a matter of getting the fans into the game and letting the defense feed off their energy.
“I remember playing in plenty of games, we’d come out as a defense and the crowd is rocking,” Quin said after practice Tuesday. “Their offense can’t hear. They false start and things like that.”
It has been documented that fans at Ford Field can have an impact on visiting teams. In a Monday night game in 2011, the Bears had nine false-start penalties in a 24-13 loss to the Lions.
Last season, the Lions’ offense was on the field for the first possession in all eight games. The Lions either won the toss and elected to receive or the visiting team won the toss and deferred taking the ball until the second half.
The offense scored on its first possession only once – against the Ravens in Game 14. In three other games, the Lions moved the ball but didn’t score because of a dropped snap from the center on a field-goal attempt, a fumble in the red zone and a third-down sack that drove them out of field-goal range.
Ravens Coach John Harbaugh talked about the noise level at Ford Field at the NFL meetings earlier this year. The Ravens beat the Lions, 18-16, scoring all of their points on six field goals.
“It’s a hard place to play,” Harbaugh said.
Quin wants the defense to get a shot at feeding off the fans enthusiasm.
“I’m a defensive guy,” he said. “I’m always a fan of putting the defense out there first in home games. The crowd is already into it. They’re amped from the kickoff. You might as well put the defense out first.
“When you put the offense out there, then the crowd’s got to sit down and be quiet. And then if the offense doesn’t do great, now they’re not as excited when the defense comes out there.
“When the defense comes out, they’re already excited from the kickoff. They’re pumped. If we come out and use that momentum to get a stop, now we’re a step ahead.”