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Detroit Lions roster review: Quarterback

A look back at how the Detroit Lions' quarterbacks performed in 2012.


As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2012. First, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' quarterbacks.

Matthew Stafford - 16 games (16 starts) | 435-727, 4,967 yards, 20 TD, 17 INT | 35 carries, 126 yards, 4 TD | 4 lost fumbles

Although he still put up pretty big passing numbers, 2012 was not a very good season for Stafford. He had half as many touchdowns compared to 2011 and one more interception, and in general he was just way too inconsistent. A big part of the Lions' issues on offense can be attributed to Stafford's accuracy problems and general lack of pocket presence. He obviously doesn't deserve all of the blame considering how many other issues existed on offense (namely with injuries), but he does need to work on his game this offseason and come back as an improved player for next season.

Shaun Hill - 1 game (0 starts) | 10-13, 172 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT | 1 carry, -1 yards, 0 TD | 0 lost fumbles

One of the positives of Stafford's season is that injuries weren't a big issue, as evidenced by Hill appearing in only one game. Stafford was forced out of the Lions' game against the Tennessee Titans with an injury, and Hill came in and played lights out during a miracle comeback that included a Hail Mary on the final play of the game. The Lions ultimately lost that game in overtime, but Hill showed why he is one of the top backup quarterbacks in the NFL with his performance.

Kellen Moore - 0 games

Moore wasn't active for a single game in 2012, which was by design. The only way he was even going to suit up was if injuries hit the Lions' top two quarterbacks, and it's a good thing that they didn't. Going into the season, the expectation was for Moore to spend most of his time leading the scout team, and that's essentially what ended up happening. The only playing time he saw was in the preseason, and assuming Hill is still the backup in 2013, that will be the plan again.

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