(This is the last in a series examining the Detroit Lions highly-scrutinized secondary.)
Cornerback Chris Houston has heard all of the criticism.
His unit is mostly blamed for last seasons late defensive meltdown and its still being targeted as the Lions' weak link entering this season.
Some of it Houston understands -- after all, the Lions did allow a total of 928 passing yards in their last two games, against Green Bay (regular-season finale) and New Orleans (playoffs).
But some of the backlash has gone too far and isnt a true reflection of the secondary, in Houstons opinion.
The last two games of the season, there was a drop-off, Houston said. We had a lot of injuries and guys trying to play through injuries. That comes with the game. Theres no excuses.
But before that -- those 13, 14 games we were up there at the top. If we can stay healthy, were going to surprise a lot of people.
Is Houstons assessment fact or fiction? Does he have a point or is he in denial?