Lions likely get it wrong again – agree to deal with QB Matthew Stafford

April 25, 2009

(ChattahBox) — It’s being reported the hapless Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford on a six-year, $78 million deal that includes an NFL-record $41.7 million guaranteed. Stafford had reportedly agreed to terms with Detroit but had not yet signed the deal as of Friday night. The Lions went an NFL-record 0-16 in 2008, which is nearly impossible to do unless you have sports dimmest owner William Clay Ford who hired and wouldn’t fire the worst GM in sports history, Matt Millen.

The Lions had been intent on having the top pick signed in advance of Saturday’s NFL draft which is smart, but many of their insightful fans will not be happy taking a quarterback who will undoubtedly sit the entire season (if their smart) when the team needs desperate help now.  Many would have preferred going for instant help and taking Baylor left tackle Jason Smith or Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.  What those fans fear is that once again even post Millen, the paper Lions have taken the glam pick the one Mel Kiper thought they should take instead of worrying about getting help in the trenches where football games are won and lost.

It’s said that the Lions like Stafford the strongest arm in this year’s draft, as a fit in their new offense under new coordinator Scott Linehan because of the quarterback’s ability to throw deep. Linehan’s offense calls for a strong running game to develop play action for deep passes but of course that takes blocking so good luck with that, not to mention the defense was the worst in NFL history.  No doubt that Stafford has talent and may still turn out to be a fine pick if the Lions are patient and can build through the draft over the next few years.  New Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew who worked for Millen has shown some skills and savvy in his brief tenure.  Unfortunately he is still surrounded by the same front office, scouts, and  inept owner that got them into this mess in the first place.


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