March 22, 2018

The Evolution of Glover Quin

When the Houston Texans ended the 2010 season, changes were on the horizon and majority rested in the defense. Personnel and coaches were the biggest topic during the offseason, and with new faces coming aboard the questions started on who was staying and who was leaving.


With the lockout the Texans brought in Wade Phillips to run the defense and along with him Reggie Herring and Vance Joseph made the trek to Houston. Even with the new defensive scheme being introduced to the players, the biggest question marks rested on the lack luster secondary. Even with coaches not allowed to talk to their players, rumors were around that Glover Quin would be making the change to safety. Even when we interviewed him during the lockout Quin was unsure where he would be playing. After Eugene Wilson was cut and Bernard Pollard was not resigned, the move to safety seemed a reality.


Fast forward to the 2011 season and Quin was penciled in as the starting strong safety for the Houston Texans before the free agency period started. What many people do not realize that Quin’s ability to make the transition to safety helped provide instant depth to a secondary that needed immediate help. With his move the Texans opened up a corner position for the Texans to sign the shutdown corner they have been looking for, Johnathan Joseph. Also it opened the other corner back position for Kareem Jackson and Jason Allen to play a rotation and allow the defense to roll with the hot hand. Bigger than that with the Quin move, Brice McCain got his chance to earn a spot as the nickel corner and become an important piece for the Texans defense in pass coverage.


He came to Houston in 2009, when the Texans selected Quin in the 4th round (112th overall) out of University of New Mexico. Projected as a safety coming out of the draft, Quin for the Lobos made a name for himself in the Mountain West Conference and in his senior year help lead the Lobos to the 20th ranked pass defense in the nation. The Texans liked what he could do on the outside and left him at corner for his first two years with the team.


Quin has a rare blend of coverage skills and solid tackling skills. That is something you don’t see in corner backs in the NFL, so he seems like a natural fit at safety for the Texans. He has not disappointed in his first season as a safety for the Texans, and despite his slow start with the angles coming up from the safety position Quin was missing tackles early in the season. Now heading into the 13th game of the season he has evolved into one of the most important pieces of the defense.


He may not get the notoriety like Brian Cushing and Johnathan Joseph may get, but he has responsibilites not many other players on the team don’t have to do. He has to cover bigger tightends and wide receivers, but he has to be able to fill on the run in an instant and provide a sure tackler from the safety position, that is something the Texans have always lacked. He has provided stability to the secondary, and has quietly putting together a solid season, where he is currently second on the team in tackles with 58 tackles with 7 pass deflections in 12 starts.


It is good to see holdover like Glover Quin succeeding in a new system, and proving he in an important part of the Texans defense. Quin’s move set this defense up for success, because without him moving positions there is chance other players like McCain and Joseph never are heard from in this 2011 season. Don’t sleep on Quin, realize how important he has been to the overall success to the defense in the 2011 season.

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