Matthew Stafford has not been good in the past two months. This is something almost everyone can agree upon. Though he’s not solely at fault for the Lions’ 1-5 record over the past six games, he certainly deserves some culpability.
The Detroit Lions’ franchise quarterback has committed eight fourth-quarter turnovers this year, including four in the past two games. In the Bears, Seahawks and Rams games, you could very easily make the argument that bad fourth-quarter mistakes from Stafford cost the Lions a chance at victory.
But there’s a big step in saying that Stafford has made some bad mistakes and pushing the Lions to move on from the 10-year veteran.
As we discussed earlier in this week’s Roundtable discussion, trading Stafford makes absolutely no financial sense, and there are plenty of other reasons aside from Stafford for Detroit’s offensive fall from grace in 2018.
But there are other, more affordable ways to move on from Stafford, should that be the desired path. One of those ways is to find a new quarterback in the draft, groom him a la Aaron Rodgers behind Brett Favre, and let a new era begin in Lions football.
30 percent of you responded “yes.”
Of course, that question is a little vague. Many who voted yes may want the team to draft a quarterback because of the Lions’ backup situation. Matt Cassel isn’t exactly an inspiring option if Stafford were to go down with an injury, and youngster Jake Rudock hasn’t shown many signs of growth if the 2018 preseason was any indication.
As general manager Bob Quinn said a few years ago, drafting a quarterback every other year is just good business for a football team. Not only does it give a team a chance at finding a potential (cheap) franchise quarterback, but it’s always good to groom a developmental quarterback for backup situations and potential trade bait to another quarterback-hungry team.
Since Quinn has taken over, the Lions have drafted two quarterbacks in three years: Brad Kaaya in the sixth round in 2017 and Rudock in the sixth back in 2016.
That being said, there is definitely a vocal crowd that has had it with Stafford. It’s easy to look at teams like the Chiefs, Rams, and Bears and wish that Detroit could take the cheap, young quarterback route, while using the rest of their cap to build a strong team around him.
So it’s hard to know exactly what this 30 percent of Lions fans want. Do they want a future Stafford replacement taken in the top half of the draft or do they want another shot at a developmental passer?
Here’s a more detailed poll to see if we can parse through the data. Do you want a top quarterback prospect in the first two rounds or would you rather Detroit grab a mid-to-late round quarterback? Or are there too many other needs on this roster to draft a quarterback in 2019?
When do you want the Detroit Lions to draft a quarterback?
This poll is closed
I don’t want them to draft a QB in 2019