Anyone doubting whether the Lions made the right choice in 2009 now? If so, get your head examined.
Admittedly, when we drafted Stafford, I was slightly skeptical. I wouldn't say I was overly skeptical, but how could you not be a little bit with how the Lions had been performing up to that point. Ever since, we've made a complete 180 in terms of talent and production on the field. Even with his injuries, the entire team had shown up and proven that they were getting better gradually. But we know now that everything rides on Stafford. As it should. He is, indeed, our franchise quarterback and is proving himself more and more all the time.
Stafford is absolutely torching it this year. He is on pace for 5,000 passing yards and 40 passing TDs. Incredible numbers. And I can already hear people claiming that it's only because we're one-dimensional. Yes, there is merit in that argument. But I think this exhibits the brilliance of Stafford's air game, being able to overcome the lack of a consistent run game.
Not only this, but Stafford will have FOUR solid RBs (Jahvid Best, Mikel Leshoure, Kevin Smith, and Maurice Morris), barring the release or trade of anyone, to rotate and give us solid production there and take pass pressure off. If the Lions can establish that, watch out. I honestly think they should find a way to keep all four of them. New England has done it. A rotation of three to four solid backs and it helps out Brady tremendously.
You can't discount how valuable Megatron is to Stafford's numbers. At all. Without him, there's much less production. But no previous QBs were taking advantage of it quite like Staff. They have a special vibe and it's going to lead us to special places.