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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Detroit Lions knew they had a special player in Matthew Stafford and that’s why Lions General Manager Bob Quinn made Stafford the highest paid player in league history before the season started. Stafford inked a 5 year $135 million dollar contract but after one week of the regular season you have to believe Detroit made the right move. Stafford was exceptional Sunday and finished a match up against the Arizona Cardinals with 4 touchdown passes. When the Lions quarterback is playing like he did last Sunday it’s clear Jim Caldwell’s football team is flat out lethal. Matthew Stafford has perhaps the strongest arm in the entire league and when you factor in that the 9th year QB out of Georgia is also understanding the mental side of the game better than ever. It’s makes the Lions a very potent offense and there’s no telling how good this franchise can be. Detroit made the playoffs a season ago which was the third time of Stafford’s career, however with the emergence of rookie Kenny Golladay Detroit might even be able win a playoff game or two. A great quarterback will give you an edge over so many other teams because the NFL is a passing game in today’s era and it takes some big time throws to be able to put point on the board in this league. Stafford makes all the NFL throws look effortless the only area he had to grow in was in the leadership and awareness categories. Now after almost a decade as a pro, Stafford has made significant strides in his own development and don’t be surprised if the Lions signal caller winds up in the Hall of Fame someday. Matthew Stafford has put together a rare body of work which includes being in the 5,000 yards passing club which includes only five players all time (Marino, Brady, Manning, Brees, Stafford). Not only that but Stafford has led the Lions to three playoff appearances during his time in the Motor City, and Detroit was a historically bad team before Stafford came on board. All of these accomplishments have uplifted the Lions from a doormat team into a year in and year out contender. That’s a reflection of Matthew Stafford’s output and abilities, so it’s time the fans start recognizing this guy as one of the best to ever do it.
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