Matthew Stafford’s Critics Are Unfounded

Matthew Stafford, the name brings up automatic debate. His mechanics, 1-23 vs winning teams, and on and on. Matthew Stafford’s career can be summarized by yesterday’s game. The Lions had 2 offensive touchdowns overturned and a defensive touchdown taken away from a penalty.

At halftime the Detroit Lions had 5 dropped passes. Calvin Johnson had a 20 yard Touchdown reversed because he failed to complete the “process” of the catch, 1 fumble (Brandon Pettitgrew), 1 Interception off pass deflected at the line on scrimmage, Deandre Levy Interception Touchdown called back (Ndamukong Suh illegal block), and Louis Delmas flagged for taunting Vikings WR Jerome Simpson.

Now is Stafford perfect? No, nobody is but he is darn good. He can’t help what Suh, Delmas, Pettitgrew do. Nor can he control if his WR is going to complete the “process” of the catch. All he can control is where he throws the ball and what he does when the ball is in his hands. How many times did we watch Joey Harrington take stupid sacks when he could have just thrown the ball away? Stafford plays a smart game for the most part. Everyone is going to make mistakes but Stafford rarely makes the same ones.

For some reason SOME Lions fans think Stafford is a bad QB. I totally disagree. Could he mix in a few pump fakes? Yeah. All in all I think he is a Top 10 QB in this league and only ascending. So while Ron Jaworski can babble on ESPN about how horrible Matthew’s mechanics are according to him, who wasn’t exactly a great QB himself. Love these analysts who weren’t really that good and crush these guys playing today. Sean Salisbury was an ESPN analyst for crying out loud. Now if Kurt Warner or anyone with some real credibility speaks I will listen but these ESPN guys are just made for tv. Their job is to stir the proverbial pot. ESPN has become a joke.

So while Matthew Stafford knows the QB gets the love for the Wins and hate for the Losses it’s hardly all on him.

Show me one of these names you’d bring back over Stafford.

Charlie Batch
Daunte Culpepper
Ty Detmer
Gus Frerotte
Jeff Garcia
Joey Harrington
Drew Henson
Jon Kitna
Erik Kramer
Dave Krieg
Mike McMahon
Scott Mitchell
Dan Orlovsky
Rodney Peete
Drew Stanton
Andre Ware

You can’t honestly say Stafford is not better than all these guys. At least I can not.

 

 

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You Wanted It, You Got It. What Are You Going To Do With It?

So the Detroit Lions voted Ndamukong Suh a team captain on Friday. Suh said he wanted the role. Suh called a players only meeting on the same day of being named a captain. He stressed to the team playing without taking stupid penalties. Like personal fouls, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, playing past the whistle.

This may seem ironic coming from the man who has yet to show he has the on the field discipline that he’s asking his teammates to show. Everyone knows about the “stomp” and his multiple late hits but with this newly found leadership role it will say A TON about how far he has grown if he can go out there and lead by example in this part of the game.

Let’s not kid ourselves, the defensive line has been the biggest culprit in extending opposing teams drives by such stupid penalties. Suh, Nick Fairley, Willie Young are all guys who have done these things on the regular the past few seasons.

Whether or not the Lions can dramatically cutback on this penalties is yet to be seen. I will be watching the defensive line especially, to see improvement in this area and Suh being the leader and asking for discipline ALL eyes are firmly set on him to see if he can eliminate the dumb penalties he has been prone to so far throughout his young career without losing his intensity in the game.

Not committing these penalties and handing the opposition another 3 cracks at it will dramatically affect the Lions chances to win football games.

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Martin Mayhew Is He A Competent General Manager?

 

Martin Mayhew has been an utter failure at drafting. There’s no way around that fact.  He has moved up in the draft two times for running backs. First, for Jahvid Best taking a gamble on a player who had maybe the worst looking concussion college football has ever seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyv4du7BTOc

They moved up and traded with Minnesota for the 30th overall pick, Here are the details; Detroit traded its second- and one of its seventh-round picks to the Vikings and flip-flopped picks in the fourth round with Minnesota. The Vikings went on to take Chris Cook with the 34th pick Everson Griffen and Mickey Schuler Jr. So the Vikings didn’t make out real well there.

Then the very next draft the Lions traded with Seattle for the 57th pick to take Mikel Leshoure. Here are the details; Seattle traded its 2nd-round pick, 5th-round and 7th-rd pick for Detroit’s 3rd (75), 4th (107), 5th (No. 154) and 7th (205). Leaving Detroit with ZERO picks in the 3rd and 4th round. How did the Seattle Seahawks fair? Well they got a solid backup Guard in John Moffitt and oh yeah with pick no. 154 in the 5th round they drafted a guy named Richard Sherman. Not that the Detroit Lions would have had the foresight to select the kid but it adds just a wee bit more salt in the wound.

As you can see I only rated 4 out of his 21 picks as Good to Great. When you take out Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh who were No.1 overall picks that means he has found 2 Good to Great players AND NONE OF THEM CAME PAST THE 1ST ROUND.

You look at the Packers and Ravens and the teams who are good, they draft guys like Ray Rice Marshal Yanda, Morgan Burnett, James Jones. Then they found guys WHO WEREN’T DRAFTED like Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, James Ihedigbo. The Lions currently have 1 undrafted player who has seen significant time on the active roster. Drum roll please…… Ashlee Palmer. Mostly a special teamer fighting for the Strong Side Linebacker position this year.

So you can decide if Mayhew has done a good job at drafting or not. Don’t forget one last thing, the team he inherited was horrible but it did have Calvin Johnson.

Martin Mayhew Picks

Underlined players are no longer in the Lions organization.
Total Miss  9           Marginal player/career  7        Good to Great player/career   4

 2009
1a     1     Matthew Stafford     QB     Georgia
1b     20     Brandon Pettigrew(from Dallas)     TE     Oklahoma State
2      33     Louis Delmas     S     Western Michigan
3b     76     DeAndre Levy(From Saints through Jets)     OLB     Wisconsin
3c      82     Derrick Williams(from Dallas)     WR     Penn State
4      115     Sammie Lee Hill(From Redskins through Jets)     DT     Stillman
6b     192     Aaron Brown(from Dallas)     RB     TCU
7a     228     Lydon Murtha(from the Jets)     OT     Nebraska
7b     235     Zack Follet(From Falcons through Broncos)     OLB     California
7c     255     Dan Gronkowski(Compensatory selection)     TE     Maryland

4 players left out of 10
2010
1a    2     Ndamukong Suh     DT     Nebraska
1b     30     Jahvid Best(from Minnesota)     RB     California
3     66     Amari Spievey     CB     Iowa
4b      128     Jason Fox(from Minnesota)     T     Miami
7b     213     Willie Young(from Seattle)     DE     North Carolina State
7e     255     Tim Toone     WR     Weber State

4 players left out of 6
2011
1     13     Nick Fairley     DT     Auburn
2a     44     Titus Young     WR     Boise State
2b      57     Mikel Leshoure     RB     Illinois
5c     157     Doug Hogue     LB     Syracuse
7b    209     Johnny Culbreath(from Cle through Sea)     T     South Carolina State

2 players left out of 5

So from 2009 through 2011 we have 10 players left out of 21, doesn’t take a math major to see his success rate is a shade under 50%. Not the success rate you want when THIS IS HOW YOUR TEAM IS BUILT, not free agency, but the draft.

2012
1     23     Riley Reiff     OT     Iowa
2     54     Ryan Broyles     WR     Oklahoma
3     85     Dwight Bentley     CB     Louisiana Lafayette
4b     125     Ronnell Lewis     OLB/DE     Oklahoma
5a     138     Tahir Whitehead     OLB     Temple
5b     148     Chris Greenwood     CB     Albion
6     196     Jonte Green     DB     New Mexico State
7a     223     Travis Lewis     OLB     Oklahoma
2013
1     5     Ezekiel Ansah     DE     BYU
2     36     Darius Slay     CB     Mississippi State
3     68     Larry Warford     G     Kentucky
4     132     Devin Taylor(Comp.)     DE     South Carolina
5     165     Sam Martin (From Ravens through Seahawks)     P     Appalachian St.
6     171     Corey Fuller     WR     Virginia Tech
6     199     Theo Riddick (From 49ers through Ravens and Seahawks) RB     Notre Dame
7     211     Michael Williams     TE     Alabama
7a     245     Brandon Hepburn (Comp.)     ILB     Florida A&M

 

 

 

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