Dan Orlovsky has never been shy in his support of his former teammate Matthew Stafford. The two made up the Detroit Lions’ quarterback depth chart for three straight years from 2014 to 2016. There may not be a player that knows Stafford better than Orlovsky.
So it’s little surprise that Orlovsky came running to support Stafford after the Lions quarterback has come under fire for Detroit’s lackluster offensive performance over the past three games. In Stafford’s most recent game against the Bears, he threw two interceptions, completed just 59.5 percent of passes, and averaged a mere 6.5 yards per passing attempt.
Still, Orlovsky categorized Stafford’s play as “very good.”
Just rewatched & studied Bears game for the @Lions : This is 100% unbiased & keeping it real— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) November 13, 2018
1) I know Offensive ball and QB play really well, & this offense, in and out
2) Matthew played very good. 1 miss-read 1 miss throw. FAR FROM THE PROBLEM
3) Theyre struggling to win vs Man
First of all, as much as Orlovsky wants to claim he’s being “100% unbiased” that is simply impossible. No one comes without bias, and hanging around Stafford for years has certainly made him vulnerable of showing favoritism towards his buddy.
That being said, Orlovsky’s viewpoint still carries value. Indeed, there aren’t a lot of people who know the offense better than Dan-O and he certainly knows the reads a quarterback needs to go through. And as for his conclusion that receivers aren’t winning man-to-man matchups, there’s some objective evidence to support those claims:
From @NextGenStats, the NFL average separation a WR gets from his nearest defender at time of catch/incompletion is 2.8 yards.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) November 12, 2018
For the Lions yesterday:
-TJ Jones 2.48 yards
-Kenny Golladay 2.33
-Michael Roberts 1.78
-Marvin Jones 1.25
Anthony Miller, meanwhile, was 4.72 yards
Of course, there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary, as well. Stafford was 18th in DYAR according to Football Outsiders this week, and his PFF grade over the past three weeks has been bad.
The truth, as always, probably lies somewhere in the middle. Stafford is far from the Lions’ biggest problems right now, but he certainly shoulders some of the blame.
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- If you’re still harping on Matthew Stafford getting cut or traded, Dave Birkett sets the record straight and shows why it’s never going to happen in the next year or two.
- Did you miss not having Chris Spielman on the broadcast last week? Here he is breaking down three key plays from the Bears game:
- Matt Patricia told the media on Monday that they are not currently considering letting another coach or coordinator go at the moment.
- File this under “stat that probably means nothing, but is still interesting”
Completely random stat that I just found interesting.— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) November 13, 2018
2017 Lions: 1-for-9 on 4th down
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