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Fun with stats

Here are Detroit's rankings in the entire league in interesting categories from last year:
Passing: The Lions were 29th in the league in passer rating.  30th in completion percentage.  27th in passing first downs.  They had the 5th most interceptions.  They actually had the 12th most plays of 20 yards or more (thank you, Megatron), but that just makes it so much more striking that they finished 24th in total passing yards.  
Defense: We all know how atrocious the defense was.  Dead last in yards allowed, points allowed, etc.  Of note, though, is that the Lions finished a respectable 16th in the league in sacks.  And, curiously, they forced the third most fumbles (and recovered the 2nd most).
What is my point?  The defense is clearly broken, but the passing game is also totally abysmal.  Bear in mind that we were playing from behind almost the whole season long and we still couldn't accumulate legit passing stats.  I love Aaron Curry.  I think he'll be a stud.  But a stud QB goes further towards fixing an offense than a stud MLB goes towards fixing a defense.  I know defense wins championships, but 100% of the time a QB is more important to a team than a MLB.  
In my ideal draft, they take Stafford first over all, an o-lineman with the 33rd pick, and every other selection is on defense.  Curry will be an excellent player, but he won't have the same effect on this team that Stafford would.  He may be better from day 1, but what about day 101?  Or 1001?  And, like I've said before, QB requires more time than any other position to develop.  Getting Stafford in the pipeline now means we can focus next year on the best available defensive talent.  Odds are that person will be more capable of starting from day one, meaning that 2010 we might actually have a shot.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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