The top 5 quarterbacks in passing yardage this year ALL missed the playoffs. If Stafford wouldn’t have gone down, it would have most likely been the top 6.
This isn’t always the case, so it makes me wonder if the league is changing again. Guys like Brady, Jimmy G, Rodgers, Mahomes, Wentz, Wilson all barely got to the 4,000 yard mark this year while all making the playoffs.
That is some of it, but in the past, guys like Brees, Mahomes, Brady and Rodgers all threw for a million yards and still went to the playoffs and even won SBs. This year is kind of the outlier where most of the playoff QBs are right around the 4,000 yard mark.
I really like stafford but I honestly think I appreciate game managers more. I know I know, stick in the mud. Our offense showed we could win with one just this year if our defense didn’t…well…play offensively.
a control game QB with just a big enough arm to pop that long ball is all I’d need, and would be cheaper than the ‘qb with all the throws and a cannon’.
it’s fun to watch stafford but it’s obvious we just can’t win with him. not his fault, but we’ve had 11 years to see it.
Usually a combo of that and playing behind a lot. However, last year Mahomes threw for 5k and they also ran the hell out of it. If Hunt doesn’t get “removed” he runs for 1300 yards himself. The team ran it at a great rate too. Brees has had good running games as well.
A lot of teams substitute the short dump off pass for the running game. The Lions have done this since Stafford has been here. That is a big reason why he has so many yards all the time. Lions fans bemoan the fact that the Lions do not have a top 10 running game, but the short passes have taken the place of the run game; throwing for a lot of yards does not make a QB a HOF candidate.
I think the trend in the NFL might be going the other way again in the run game.
yep, the WCO had that as a staple, basically a 5 yard ‘handoff’. Just a bunch of little nibbles here and there, 17 plays tons of time off the clock and when the D gets greedy and tries to cram in, pop over the top.
except for mooches WCO (or wet toast offense, in detroit). he had the old school version still and didn’t change.
I remember we had a 1st and 10 and completed 3 passes, and had to punt. that’s…dumb.
we also had 11 years of a circus sideshow at GM, HC, and leadership and our defense was top 5 / top 10 how many times in 11 years , Stafford was getting mauled behind shit O-lines , AND we had a crap running game Excuses??? NO facts. and in 2019 Stafford WAS kicking ass despite any and all of our problems as a team , UNTIL our Medical Staff & Stafford decided it was ‘wiser’ to pull Stafford and get his back worked on so Matt can play healthier in 2020.
Yes to all of this, bro. Truth is usually somewhere in the middle. I personally feel we were around an 8-9 win team with a healthy matt, especially if officials were unbiased. Our season started to unravel after the Packer game. You could see the dejection on our guys’ faces, and I don’t think they ever fully recovered from it.