Matthew Stafford had a great year as the quarterback of the Detroit Lions in 2011, but something is terribly wrong in 2012. The Lions have regressed as a whole, but the offense looks like it might be beyond repair. It all starts with the guy who takes the snaps.
I haven’t seen a lot of Stafford this season, but his stats are way off his marks from last year. Monday night allowed me to take a look at some of the things that might be wrong with him. Of course, playing against a team like the Chicago Bears isn’t the best stat remedy, but you can break down some things about mechanics.
The first thing I noticed was the lack of confidence that Stafford has. His offensive line isn’t great but it is almost like he is seeing extra pass rushers. His footwork has suffered as a result, which has caused him to miss some throws. Then again, I would probably end up doing the same thing.
When Stafford gets rushed, he doesn’t follow through. He ends up throwing off his back foot and his arm angle ends up all off. This causes throws that are simply not on target. This is not exactly the best way to create scoring drives.
Drops by his wideouts have also hurt, but he and Calvin Johnson are struggling to get on the same page. Megatron is one of the best wideouts in the game but he’s barely getting the ball. Of course, he did drop a pass that could have gone for big yards early, so it isn’t all on Stafford.
The fact of the matter is this: The Lions will only go as far as Stafford can take them. The way he’s playing right now is not going to get the team to the playoffs.