As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2014. First, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' quarterbacks. (Note: Stats are from regular-season games only.)
Matthew Stafford - 16 games (16 starts) | 363-602 (60.3%), 4,257 yards, 22 TD, 12 INT | 43 carries, 93 yards, 2 TD | 3 lost fumbles
In his first year in a new offensive system, Stafford experienced some serious growing pains. At times, he flourished in the Lions' new offense, but more often than not, he struggled. This wasn't completely on him, as he was sacked a career-high 45 times in 2014, and it didn't help that the running game was pretty awful for most of the season. However, Stafford was still responsible for a lot of inconsistencies, and the offense as a whole just wasn't very explosive. The big positive here is that Stafford did a better job of taking care of the ball, but he needs to elevate his play in 2015 for the Lions to take that next step as a franchise.
Dan Orlovsky - 0 games (0 starts)
Orlovsky was active for all of the Lions' games, but he didn't see the field even once in 2014. Since Stafford stayed healthy despite taking quite a bit of abuse, the Lions were never in a situation where Orlovsky was required to take over at quarterback, and that's definitely a good thing.
Kellen Moore - 0 games (0 starts)
With Orlovsky never seeing the field, it's no surprise that Moore was once again inactive for the entire season. He hasn't dressed for a single game during his three-year NFL career, and that shows just how healthy the Lions have been at the quarterback position in recent seasons. As Moore himself joked, he is "Mr. August" considering his only chance to play is during the preseason.