Glad I’m not the only one noticing how weird it is that the supposedly healthy QB, learning a new offense, and apparently struggling with it during practices according to practice accounts, isn’t playing in any games.
As was pointed out on 97.1 The Ticket this morning, this seems to be the en vogue thing across the NFL this preseason, though. I guess Trubisky, Rodgers, Brady and others haven’t played in the first two exhibition games.
Additionally, the 10 days off without throwing seems highly unusual.
To quote Meinke:
OK, well, it’s true the Lions had two long weeks of practice. It’s also true that there’s a lot they can do with Stafford in those joint practices that they can’t do in a preseason game. But it’s also true the Lions had two long weeks of practice with the Raiders and Giants last year too, and they still played Stafford in three exhibitions. He participated in joint practices with the Colts in 2017 and the Steelers in 2016, and appeared in all four exhibitions in both of those seasons. And they were two of the best seasons of his career.
All I know is Stafford is throwing more inconsistently than I’m used to seeing. He’s also trying to learn a new offense and working with a new center – and the Lions are suddenly saying he requires less work than usual in the preseason? Hey, maybe he really is good to go. Maybe he really has mastered the offense. Maybe there really is nothing to achieve by throwing him out there for 15 snaps in the preseason, and might as well keep him out of harm’s way. Maybe.
But best guess: Detroit is at least conscious of the fact Stafford isn’t quite right yet, and decided to sit him against Houston to protect him from potentially bombing without any of his starting receivers. That would only heighten concerns about the franchise quarterback.
All I know is, if we go into the regular season and Stafford looks as unprepared and turnover-prone as he did in Week 1 last season, it’s a complete indictment of the way Patricia handles him, in the preseason and generally.