With the QB position there are so many traits that can’t be taught. You either have it or you never will. Blough showed traits that rookie QBs usually don’t display. Especially rookie UDFA making their first career start, on a huge stage.
Confidence. The moment wasn’t too big. His 2nd career pass was a 75 yard bomb. I remember watching Dan Orlovsky have guys open downfield and would check down. He wouldn’t throw past 10 yards, and that is the case with many NFL QBs. That is not the case with Blough. This guy is looking to make plays and attack.
Keeps eyes downfield. Many young QBs have trouble keeping their eyes downfield when the pass rush is coming. Not Blough. He is not scared and his eyes stay downfield all the time, even when he was rushed. The pass protection was very good, but his ability to keep eyes downfield was very impressive.
Abilty to feel the pass rush. Again, this is a trait that most young QBs don’t have. He has a great “antenna” and could feel the pressure/ anticipate the pass rush and would move around in the pocket very well. Great pocket presence/ awareness.
Ability to manage the game. The Bears defense is pretty good and things didn’t go his way midway through the game. It was tough sledding and moving the ball was difficult at times. But he didn’t force things. He waited for his opportunities and took them when available. He avoided critical mistakes. He managed the game very well.
I am hoping he shows well the rest of the way. Whatever side you sit on with Stafford I think most agree that the Lions need to invest in the QB position. Staffords health and other factors mean you should spend a 2nd or 3rd on a QB this year… that is if David Blough doesn’t dice up defenses the rest of the way. He has looked better at any point of time than Haskins or Finley have for example. One was a first and the other a 3rd. Blough has moxie. Maybe not the most physically gifted, but I think he has an adequate arm.
Aikman said that Trent Dilfer called him up before the game and told him Blough is the real deal. Dilfer works with tons of QBs and said that Blough is a top 5 he has worked with. Blough looked better than any piece of garbage the Lions have had backing up Stafford since Hill.
I am not saying that Blough is going to be a starter ( although I am also not going to say he can’t be). But it was an impressive performance, to say the least. The Lions usually get pantsed by Minny so it will be another massive challenge for Blough.
Hopefully the Lions have found a tremendous asset.