I’ve been listening to sports talk radio show hosts and fans alike going on and on about how great Matthew Stafford is and why he should be the starter going into this season. People have been saying that he has the “it” factor and is going to be the guy to change the Lions from a laughingstock to a respectable franchise.
Blah, blah, blah. I was a Lions fan for over 30 years and heard this same story each and every year. Each new top draft pick was going to be “the guy”. Every time a new coach was hired he was going to be tough and not settle for mediocrity. Blah, blah, blah.
Just like in years past, I’ve been hearing that this season will be different. Stafford is a leader; he’s going to be something special. And after the first preseason game against Atlanta, the call for Stafford became even stronger.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to check out the first preseason game to watch Stafford and form my own opinion. So, I made sure to sit down last night and watch him start the game against the Cleveland Browns. This would be a good indicator as to how he would fare because he would be facing Cleveland’s starters.
5-13 for 34 yards and an interception in a 27-10 defeat. Sounds like #1 stuff, huh? I know that he didn’t have Calvin Johnson or Brandon Pettigrew out there, but he looked like he was never able to get comfortable out on the field.
I understand that Stafford is only a rookie, but he is clearly NOT ready to be a starting NFL quarterback, even for the lowly Lions. Hopefully, all of the people in the media and the message boards that have been screaming for Stafford to start saw last nights game.
Let Daunte Culpepper or even Drew Stanton play before Stafford. The Lions aren’t going to become winners overnight, so why should they rush Stafford out onto the field?
Let’s just say that Stafford is named the starting quarterback going into the season opener against the New Orleans Saints. He has a poor game and isn’t able to get things going at all. After a week 4 loss to the Chicago Bears makes the Lions 0-4 to start the season, fans are calling Stafford another Joey Harrington. By the end of week 6 the Lions name Daunte Culpepper the starting quarterback. People start calling Jim Schwartz incompetent and should be fired for starting Stafford too soon.
I’m no psychic, but after watching the Lions for most of my life, it’s pretty easy to predict the future.