Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has said people do not appreciate his quarterback Matthew Stafford enough.
Despite throwing big numbers over the last four seasons since he solidified himself as the Lions starter, Lombardi says ‘people don’t appreciate how good he is’.
He said to the Detroit Free Press: “I’m hoping there’s a million articles written about the big jump Matt Stafford [makes this year] and I’ll say, ‘Well, I don’t know, he was pretty good before. I think he’s pretty damn good right now and people don’t appreciate how good he is.”
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In the past four years, Stafford has thrown for at least 4,257 yards every season and 112 touchdowns overall. These performances have helped the Lions achieve two postseason appearances in that time period.
As well as this, Stafford is one of only five quarterbacks in the history of the NFL to pass for 5,000+ yards in a single season, and he achieved his first Pro Bowl call up last season. The quarterback wants to go even further than this, which is a good sign to see.
He said: “I’m at that point in my career where I’ve thrown for 5,000 yards, I’ve thrown for 40 touchdowns in a year. I’ve done a bunch of stuff individually, but I just want to win. If it takes me throwing for 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns again for us to win a bunch of games, I’m all for it.
“I love throwing the ball, there’s no question. Every quarterback does. But I just want to do whatever it takes to help us win, and I think me playing at a higher level this year will help us, no question.”
Whilst this is all merry and good, Lombardi has a point that people don’t really appreciate how good Stafford is. The argument that could be made against it though, as he hasn’t had a good enough run in the postseason to prove the doubters otherwise.
Stafford is 0-2 in the postseason after achieving runs in the 2011 and 2014 seasons. Until he at least achieves one playoff win, whether that is with the Lions or any other NFL team, I’m not sure if anyone will appreciate Stafford for the quality quarterback he is.
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