Among the many areas for improvement in 2022 are Detroit Lions defense has one critical. The Lions must avoid the bottom rung of the NFL pass defense in the allowed QB Rating metric.
It’s been too long since the Lions finished in the top half of the NFL for an entire season in the QB rankings.
2021 – 101.0 (30th)
2020 – 112.4 (32nd)
2019 – 99.6 (27th)
2018 – 102.7 (30th)
The last time Detroit was in the top half of the league was in 2017, when Teryl Austin defended a team under head coach Jim Caldwell. This Lions defense, with a great secondary built around Darius Slay’s All-Pro CB and safety Glover Queen and Couandre Diggs, produced a QB rating of 84.1, ranking it 14th in the NFL. Not coincidentally, this was the last season in which Detroit achieved victories. The league’s QB rating allowed it to average around 86.0 each year with some wiggle room.
While QB’s rating isn’t a perfect indicator, it does give a pretty accurate measure of how effective pass defense is against him.
The addition of Aidan Hutchinson’s DE can only help with the passing rush, one of the main components of controlling an opponent’s passing game. The minor player will need to create more interceptions and work better in the red zone, two other areas where QB ratings are lost due to poor defense. This is one of the key areas to improve Aaron Glenn’s defense in 2022.
Detroit Lions, who will become free agents after the 2022 NFL season