Here’s the whole Matthew Stafford question answered in a nutshell. 2008 they go 016 with the worst D in their history, draft the kid out of Georgia and 12-years later, he’s no savior. BUT fact is, with an EVEN WORSE D they win 5 games. That’s Stafford’s value in a nutshell to me.
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Long before he arrived, the Lions sucked. Then he gets here and on 12 teams EACH built by FIRST-TIME GMs and run by rookie HC’s with consistently bottom half defenses and bottom third ground games (30th ranked this year) he makes you forget how bad the teams really are. And we expect to win more; the same way that when the Lions are down by 1 score with 60 seconds left in the game and Stafford has the ball, we expect to win those too! Think about how ridiculous those odds are. But this guy makes you forget that 95% of the playoff contenders in NFL History have top half defenses and running games. And 95% of the SB teams have top third both. Lions have only broken top half in either once in the last 20 years! Yes 20. Long before Stafford arrived.
Stafford is no savior. But if our D or ground attack was good for winning a handful of games/year, we’d always be in contention. Turns out that football actual is a team sport.