Louis Delmas is the type of football player that divides families and ruins friendships.
No, Louis isn't doing anything personally. He's actually one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. But his injury history, coupled with his immense potential, are driving Lions fans to the breaking point.
One half of the fan base believes Delmas is the answer the Detroit has been searching for in the secondary, that with one full season from Da Missile (Delmas's college nickname) this team can finally get it going on defense.
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The other half would tell you it's time to give up on a broken toy. Delmas has only played in 49 games his first four seasons in the NFL, including missing half of last year with lingering injuries and never really looking 100%. Plagued by injuries throughout his professional career, Delmas shows flashes of brilliance but you can't be too brilliant when you're stuck on the sidelines.
But Louis Delmas is exactly what the Lions need.
The hard hitting, unapologetic, outspoken safety embodies what the Lions want this defense to be. The never quit, never give up mentality Delmas has displayed while battling back from injuries amidst constant questions about his toughness makes him the ideal leader for a young defense searching for a voice outside of Ndamukong Suh.
Chad Ochocinco once tweeted after playing
Am I calling Delmas the best there is? Absolutely not. I'm a realist. But is that POTENTIAL there with Delmas? Absolutely.
By pairing him with Glover Quin, the Lions have shown they are invested in Delmas working out. If healthy,
With both having four years in the league, Quin and Delmas have surprisingly similar numbers. Considering the amount of time Delmas has missed, Da Missile surprisingly even leads Quin in a few categories including fumbles recovered and touchdowns.
So is Louis Delmas the key to finally getting consistency in
No, we won't see Delmas in the pre-season, but to paraphrase a popular song from this summer:
Da Missile's comin' along
So roll your windows down
and let him cruise
All Louis "Da Missile" Delmas needs is the time to let his knees get right and then the Lions can let him loose on the field ... to cruise.
Here's hoping he blows up on the field this season and not on the sidelines.
Drew S. McCarthy