This is exactly what I'm talking about.
I for one don't think Stafford is very good. He seems incredibly injury prone, a poor decision maker, and pretty arrogant as well. Not the kind of guy you really want as a franchise quarterback. Yeah he can throw far, but throwing smart is much much much more important than throwing far. He tries to force plays that aren't there. Everyone was saying before he was drafted how the Lions are trying to score a homerun pick, but all they are going to get is an average guy. He's nothing special. They were just upset they couldn't get Bradford at the time. It's amazing how the majority of people went from not wanting anything to do with the guy, to all of a sudden saying he is the next Peyton Manning overnight.
You do realize this is his sophomore year right? So everything you're basing his play off of is last year's play...or should I say, his rookie year. And he's not injury prone, it's just been unfortunate that he's suffered injuries this early in his pro career. He's been healthy his whole playing career up until a quarter of the way through the season last year, and then again in the latter part of the season. Last year he dislocates his kneecap (fluke), has a 300+ pound DT fall on him separating his non-throwing shoulder (probably corey williams), and this year Julius Peppers blows by Backus untouched and the same exact thing happens, except to his throwing shoulder. A person is not injury prone if these are his first injuries, so like I said, it's unfortunate.
And no, they weren't upset that they couldn't draft Bradford, they were upset because they wanted to draft Aaron Curry with the first pick, which isf****** stupid, but leave it to most Lions fans to come up with this idea.
Even if Bradford declared, you could flip a coin as to who we pick. Most people will say Bradford just because he had a better college career and had more hype, but the potential is higher in Stafford, since he ran his offense the whole time playing for Georgia and can make all the throws. If Bradford did declare, I honestly wouldn't care who we picked. I'd probably still give the edge to Stafford just on his confidence (or in your words, arrogance
) and potential alone. He would also fit our system better than Bradford, so who knows if Bradford would even work out here compared to St. Louis.
Nobody said he is the next Peyton Manning. Who knows where you pulled that one from. Maybe you're thinking of how everybody thought he was a bust during the season, so the other crowd pointed out how even Peyton Manning had a bad rookie year. Not everybody can have a Matt Ryan rookie year.
Shaun Hill should start Sunday. He's more then proved himself. Let alone, Stafford probably isn't fully healed. Why rush him out there against one of the best pass rushes in the NFL? He'll only get reinjured and how nice is that gigantic contract going to look being rehabbed for the remainder of the season instead of just the next two weeks.
Never said we should rush him. I agree, unless Stafford is 100% healthy, keep Hill in for another week that way Stafford has 2 full weeks to heal and will be ready after the bye. And Hill hasn't "more than proved himself."I appreciate what Hill's done for the team, he's played hard, and that's what a good backup QB should do. But his only good game was against the Rams. He was horrible in week 1, I missed week 2 but looking at the stat sheet it looks the same on account of Best having a huge game (actually I did catch the end. I remember we recovered an onside kick and Hill threw 4 straight incompletions), week 3 Hill had some nice drives in the final quarter against Minnesota but resulted in him throwing 2 terrible picks in the red zone, and week 4 was more of the same, a couple nice drives and a couple momentum killing picks. It wasn't until last week he had a QB rating over 80. He's nothing more than a backup.
He's a good backup and I'm glad we have him, but this is Stafford's team and I do believe that Stafford and Bradford will be great QB's in this league. Their talent says they can.
Edited by dropkickshanahans, 14 October 2010 - 06:39 PM.