There have been times when the Phoenix has stumbled in the second half this season, turning potential wins into heartbreaking losses. It easily could have happened again after it led the entire game until Detroit star guard Antoine Davis gave the Titans their first advantage on a 3-pointer with 11 minutes, 30 seconds remaining, only for Davis to follow with a steal and a layup for a 50-47 lead. Except, the Phoenix never went away.
As Detroit's front office and coaching staff look ahead, securing additional talent in the secondary and the development of talent already on the roster will be paramount for Aaron Glenn's defensive scheme. In a recent Pro Football Focus listing of one free agent each NFL team should pursue, writer Brad Spielberger indicated Detroit should add 30-year-old veteran cornerback Bryce Callahan.
Barry Sanders infamously walked away from the NFL at the top of his game in the late 90s. 20 plus years later he tells Sports Seriously he still has no regrets about his decision.