Will Matthew Stafford come out guns a blazing? Or come out rusty still nursing that shoulder and throwing picks? It's hard to say, Shaun Hill is slowly winning over his teammates and the fans, but Stafford is the 72 million dollar franchise. It's not a tough call in my mind, Stafford should play once he's healthy and has a couple weeks of practice with his teammates before he get's back out there.
Matt Stafford is throwing. Not light throwing, actually throwing the ball like he's supposed to, or at least he's close to it. The main reasons Schwartz isn't playing Stafford this Sunday are because Shaun Hill is playing pretty damn good right now and the offense is clicking and Stafford would be way too rusty to go out and play well enough to win against a defense like the Giants d after 4 weeks of not playing at all. I'm wondering what's going to happen after that bye week though.
Look, Hill is playing the best ball undoubtedly of his career this season. Granted, this is probably the most talented team he's ever played with ever, but he's showing exactly how good he can be with an offensive cast as good as this one. You have to think if Stafford comes out throwing picks that the fans will be chanting for Hill to start, thus putting pressure on Schwartz to pull the plug on Stafford for Hill. I think that would be a very bad situation for everybody and most importantly, the wrong choice. Stafford is our starting quarterback, there is a reason he went #1 overall for all of that money. He is a damn fine young quarterback, despite the early struggles with injuries, he has shown in his rookie season what kind of quarterback he could potentially be. We don't know what he is right now because we haven't seen him play longer than 2 quarters. As good as Hill has been at times, I have to think the Lions would be even more dangerous with a healthy Stafford under center.
Stafford most likely will come out a little rusty and out of sync, which is pretty likely after suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder and missing 5 1/2 games. Give him some time to get acclimated to the offense again and watch what this offense is really capable of doing. Personally, I think we are only scratching the surface of the potential this offense has with Shaun Hill. Despite his success at times, he is still a back-up quarterback with average arm strength. He is accurate and smart for the most part, but he's definitely not the type of quarterback you build your franchise around. Stafford will be a lot better this year after having a season under his belt and more weapons at his disposal. Everybody seriously needs to give him a chance to get fine tuned and not rush him just yet when he does get back because it's not like Hill came right out impressing anybody either. He had to get a few games under his belt as well to get into sync with this offense.
If the Lions do beat the Giants and Hill plays well, people will expectedly be clamoring for him once Stafford does start to play come week 8 and doesn't play as good as Hill has. I'm expecting it, but I still know better. I believe in Stafford enough to say that it will only be temporary. Though I do think Hill will end up being one of the better back-ups the Lions have ever had, I don't think he will nor should take over for the franchise. Mayhew believes in him, Schwartz and his coaching staff believes in him , his teammates believe in him, and I hope that all of you fans don't get fickle and turn on him too soon before you all can believe in him again.
Otherwise ,this may look too similar to the seasons when Joey "Blue Eyes" Harrington was booed by the fans and lost his confidence before he even had a chance to gain any. Stafford is way better than Harrington will ever be, and in a way better situation on a more talented team, but he still needs the fans to cheer for him when the going get's tough.