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Give The Detroit Lions And Matthew Stafford Time

Updated on September 23, 2009

I'll be honest with you I didn't want Matthew Stafford, I didn't want Brandon Pettigrew, and I didn't want Derrick Williams but the rest of the picks were okay at the time. If it would have been me in the war room making the picks we would have Aaron Curry instead of Stafford (Pick 1), Michael Oher instead of Pettigrew (Pick 20), Asher Allen instead of Derrick Williams (Pick 82), and Graham Harrel instead of Dan Gronkowski (Pick 255). In my scenario it would have been Harrel, Culpepper, and Stanton competing for the starting quarterback spot. Which Stanton quite possibly could have won, he looked good in preseaon and was a 2nd round pick, I'd like to see what he can do against starters but it'll probably never happen in Detroit now, a waste of a 2nd round pick. Also in my scenario we could have always taken a Quarterback in the 2010 draft with Mccoy, Tebow, and Bradford all entering the draft that year. Plus Bradford is hurt now so who knows how far he is going to fall, coulda got him much cheaper than we did Stafford.

However that isn't what this is all about, Detroit made its choices and now we've all got to live with them. The first thing I want to say to all Lions fans is simply shut up. Honestly is it that hard to understand what is going on? The Lions are rebuilding, even if they could have possibly started the 2009 season at 2-0 with Culpepper starting, SO WHAT!? I'm not even entirely convinced the outcome of those games would have been different especially the Saints game because our secondary got slaughtered by Drew Brees. Even so, what difference does it make? Do you see us going to the super bowl with Duante Culpepper at quarterback? I sure as hell don't see that happening so like I said before, shut up! The Lions spent a nice chunk of change on Matthew Stafford and I'd rather have him on the field getting all these rookie mistakes out of his system now so he's got a years worth of experience under his belt when he takes the field next year. Trust me people the suffering now may just be worth it later and I'll prove it to you.

The 1983 #1 pick John Elway, in his first game he only completed 1 of 8 with a mere 14 yards and 1 interception, no tds. In his second game he compelted 9 of 21 for 106 yards, no tds, no ints. So over two games Elway vs Stafford looks like this.

Elway 10 of 29 - 120 yards - 1 int - 0 tds

Stafford 34 of 67 - 357 yards - 5 ints - 1 pass td - 1 rush td

As you can see Elway was asked to do far less than Stafford so its hard to make a solid comparison at this point. Elway finished his rookie season with these stats.

Elway 1983 Season - 123 of 259 - 1,663 yards - 7 Tds - 14 Ints - 1 Rush Td - 4-6 Record

Troy Aikman, the 1989 #1 draft pick. In his first game Aikman like Stafford played the Saints, Aikman completed 17 of 35 for 180 yards, 0 Tds, 2 Ints. In his second game Aikman completed 13 of 23 for 241 yards, 1 Td, 2 Ints.

Aikman - 30 of 58 - 421 yards - 4 Ints - 1 pass Td

Stafford 34 of 67 - 357 yards - 5 ints - 1 pass Td - 1 rush td

Now these numbers are pretty close, and Stafford played his first game against the same team as Aikman and is about to play his third game against the same team as Aikman. In Aikmans 3rd career game against Washington he posted a horrible 6 0f 21 for 83 yards and two intercpetions effort. Hopefully Stafford does better, as for Aikmans rookie season, it looked like this.

Aikman 1989 Season - 155 of 293 - 1749 yards - 9 pass Tds - 18 Ints - 0-11 Record

1993 #1 Draft Pick Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe probably isn't going into the hall of fame but he was a solid NFL quarterback. In his first game Bledsoe completed 14 of 30 for 148 yards, 2 tds, 1 int. In his second game Bledsoe completed 28 of 49 for 239 yards, 1 td, 1 int.

Bledsoe 42 of 79 - 387 - 2 ints - 3 pass tds

Stafford 34 of 67 - 357 yards - 5 ints - 1 pass Td - 1 rush td

Bledsoe comes out with the better numbers and so far has been the only one to have it locked down.

Bledsoe 1993 Season - 214 of 429 for 2,494 yards - 15 pass tds - 15 ints - 5-8 record

Peyton Manning, 1998 #1 draft pick. Peyton Manning actually started his career of throwing the same amount of interceptions as Matthew Stafford. In his first game Manning completed 21 of 37 for 302 yards, 1 td, 3 ints. In his second game he threw more interceptions than Stafford, in his second game Manning completed 21 of 33 for 188 yards, 1 td, 3 ints.

Manning 42 of 70 - 490 yards - 6 ints - 2 pass tds

Stafford 34 of 67 - 357 yards - 5 ints - 1 pass Td - 1 rush td

Manning threw for more yardage, more tds, but also more ints. Really not that big of a difference in numbers except Manning had the better completion percentage. As for Mannings rookie year.

Manning 1998 Season 326 of 575 - 3,739 yards - 26 pass tds - 28 ints - 3-13 Record

Matthew Stafford is in control of a team who had the worst record in NFL history. Stop comparing him to Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and Mark Sanchez because he doesn't have their support. I'm sure if Stafford had a good defense or solid running game to fall back on his numbers would look pretty damn good but he doesn't. Hes going to spend the entire season playing catchup and be forced to try to put points on the board because of the team he's on. So yeah he's going to force passes and get picked off but hes also going to learn what he can and can't do as an NFL quarterback. That's what its all about though, letting him play and learn from his rookie mistakes, as the numbers show great quarterbacks like John Elway, Peyton Manning, or Troy Aikman weren't built in a day.


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    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      You forgot the abysmal year Terry Bradshaw had in his rookie season. I'm actually in favor of throwing them out there and letting them get experience, but doing everything you can not to put the onus of winning on them.

    • BSLIONS profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Richmond, Va

      Oh look, a week 3 win for the Lions and Matthew Stafford.

      Stafford's numbers - 21 0f 36, 241 yards, NO INTS!, 1 TD


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