It’s no secret that NFl quarterbacks bear the brunt of the blame when things go wrong. They are the face of their team, the guy who gets the ball more than anyone and usually the guy who brings home the biggest paycheck. So it’s no surprise that losses get pinned squarely on their back. If you’re not perfect in the NFL as a quyarterback then you’re costing your team and it’s right there for everyone to see.
Right now the guy in the spotlight is Matt Stafford of the Detroit Lions according to this article on ESPN. The reasons? Losses of course. Mathew Stafford has been under center for Detroit for five years. This is about the time we begin to see quarterbacks start to come into their own. In NFL parlance plays begin to “slow down.” But Detroit, once holding onto a lead in the NFC North, are 1-4 over their last five games. And so the questions and finger pointing begin.
We’ve seen this before and we’ll see it again. But let’s remember that there are so many things that go into a win in the NFl that quarterback play is only a part of it. A big part to be sure but still only a part. As for the Detroit Lions, they’ve watched Stafford struggle over those five games and it comes on the heels of his signing a contract extension paying him upper level money. They’ve also watched younger quarterbacks like Russell Wilson thrive early in their careers.
So what’s the answer? There is none really. Matt Stafford must cut down on turnovers, complete more passes, and push his team into the win column to stop the finger pointing. That’s the situation with every quarterback in the NFL and it isn’t going to change.Eric Drouant