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Sarkisian Wants To Use Jones More In The Red Zone But Should He?

Over the past weekend, to create some trending topics in the off-season, newly acquired Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian said he wanted to make Julio Jones more of an option for the Falcons in the red zone. Despite being a Pro Bowler for the 4th time in his career and a first-team All-Pro for the 2nd time in his career last season, Julio was not as much of a dominating Receiver in the red zone as his top peers in the league.

In the 2016-2017 NFL regular season, Julio Jones was targeted only 10 times in the red zone on potential scoring drives. Steve Sarkisian wants to take advantage of Julio’s 6’3 height and great catch ability to get more Touchdowns or at least to push the ball closer to the end zone. The Falcons were one of the top offenses in the NFL last season for numerous reasons. Julio Jones was a big factor, along with 2016 NFL MVP in Quarterback Matt Ryan. Another big name was Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who is now the Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers. The Atlanta Falcons lost to the New England Patriots by a 34-28 score in overtime after the Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit.

Last season, the Atlanta Falcons were 3rd in the NFL in passing yards per game (295.3), 5th in rushing yards per game (120.5) and 1st in points per game (33.8). The Falcons were also 8th in the league in red zone scoring percentage for touchdowns only with a 64.56% percentage touchdown efficiency. This is not a bad statistic considering how often the Falcons scored while in the red zone the season before. In the 2015-2016 NFL season, the Falcons scored a touchdown in the red zone 54.72% of the time. As a result, the Atlanta Falcons accounted for a lacking 8-8 record. The Falcons rose their touchdown efficiency 9.84% in the end zone as opposed to the 2015 season.

The Tennessee Titans were 1st in the NFL in touchdown efficiency in the red zone with a percentage of 72%. This is because the Titians have a diverse offense with a dual threat Quarterback like Marcus Mariota, the double Running Back tandem of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry as well an efficient short catching Tight End in Delanie Walker. The Falcons’ NFC South rivals in the New Orleans Saints were 3rd in the league in red zone efficiency because of the efficient passing game of their own led by QB Drew Brees.

While Julio Jones was only targeted ten times, he did catch two reception touchdowns in the red zone. The Falcons have a diverse offensive setting because of the playmakers around QB Matt Ryan. Julio Jones is the deep and big time receiver, while teammates like WR Mohamed Sanu and WR Taylor Gabriel are excellent slot receivers and therefore perfect for a red zone setting. TE Jacob Tamme and Running Backs Devonte Freeman and Tevin Coleman were also great short yard receivers for the red zone. Julio Jones caught 6 receptions last regular season along with Taylor Gabriel. The Falcons threw for 38 total touchdowns and they had 10 players who had 2 or more receiving touchdowns. While Steve Sarkisian might believe it’s a good idea to throw to Julio more in the red zone, he does have to realize that Jones was double-teamed a good majority of those plays. Jones will be fine if still trusted in primary routes of deep passes. Sarkisian might want to initiate a spread option scenario like he want he did with QB Jake Locker while as Head Coach of the Washington Huskies from 2009 to 2013.

Julio Jones caught 6 receptions last regular season along with Taylor Gabriel. The Falcons threw for 38 total touchdowns and they had 10 players who had 2 or more receiving touchdowns. While Steve Sarkisian might believe it’s a good idea to throw to Julio more in the red zone, he does have to realize that Jones was double-teamed a good majority of those plays. Jones will be fine if still trusted in primary routes of deep passes. Sarkisian might want to initiate a spread option scenario like he what he did with QB Jake Locker while as Head Coach of the Washington Huskies from 2009 to 2013.

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Matt Ryan might not be the Quarterback to run these option settings. A player like Mohamed Sanu or Taylor Gabriel might be best suited be the option runner/passer. This will make the offense more versatile and dangerous as well get the pressure off Julio if the extra defender on Jones wants to be a line spy. Forcing a throw from Matt Ryan to a double covered Julio Jones might likely be broken up or intercepted. Specific Receiver plays fall apart faster in the NFL than in College where Sarkisian spent all his coaching years with the exception as the Oakland Raiders QB Coach in 2004. Watch for the Atlanta Falcons offense to look completely different under Sarkisian. One thing is for certain, however, he wants Julio Jones to be the big man in the Falcons red zone game.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Secondary Breakdown

The Chiefs will return many of their secondary starters from 2016. Marcus Peters, Phillip Gaines, Eric Berry and Ron Parker are the projected secondary starters for 2017. The position group will have veteran experience and should be strong next season.

Marcus Peters has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL the last two seasons and he will be a major part of the Chiefs defense in 2017. He was a first round draft pick for the Chiefs in 2015 and he made the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons. He was also named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015 and a first-team All-Pro in 2016. Marcus Peters is a key part of the Chiefs defense and it will be important for him to have another good season.

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Phillip Gaines will be the other starting cornerback for the Chiefs in 2017. Last season Gaines started 11 games for the Chiefs. He recorded 44 combined tackles and one interception in 2016. Gaines does not have a lot of experience as a NFL starting corner but will likely get more time this season. Gaines will need to continue to improve in 2017 because he will be an important player in the Chiefs defense next season.

Eric Berry signed a six-year $78 million dollar contract with the Chiefs this offseason. Berry was a first round pick by the Chiefs in 2010 and has been one of their best players. Berry is a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro. 2016 was his first full season as a starter after returning from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015. The re-signing of Eric Berry was important for the Chiefs and he should be a key player for the Chiefs in 2017.

Ron Parker is the Chiefs starting free safety. Parker has started every game for the Chiefs the last two seasons. Last season he had 61 combined tackles and one interception. He also forced two fumbles. Ron Parker has been a consistent player for the Chiefs the last two seasons and he should play a big role again in 2017.

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Overall, the Chiefs secondary is filled with veterans and their experience should help the defense in 2017. Marcus Peters, Phillip Gaines, Eric Berry and Ron Parker are the expected starters for next season. Last season the Chiefs secondary was a key part of the defense and they will need to be strong again in 2017 for the Chiefs to have a successful season.

The “NEW” NFL OT Rules

In May, the NFL changed it’s overtime rules shortening the extra quarter from 15 minutes to 10, but many are still critical of the overtime rules that exist today. Bill Plaschke described it best when he wrote in the LA Times, “It’s like baseball allowing the first run to decide an extra-inning game without both teams coming to bat. It’s like basketball overtime games being decided on only half the court, with only one team having a chance to shoot.” Several years ago, the NFL made changes to its overtime rules saying that if the team that possesses the ball first and only scores a field goal, the other team would get a chance to either continue with a field goal or win the game out right with a touchdown.

Still, there is a touchdown loophole existing. What was lost in the shuffle when the New England Patriots and Tom Brady won a 5th Super Bowl 34-28 is that Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons did not get a possession. If the situation were reversed and Brady’s Patriots did not get a chance to respond with a touchdown, what would have been the reaction? There would have been a bigger sense of urgency to fix that. In January 2010, when Brett Favre was playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints, the Saints kicked a game winning field goal on the first possession of overtime and the game was over.

A couple of seasons ago, the Denver Broncos lost a game to the quick scoring Seattle Seahawks in overtime, first possession and Peyton Manning did not have a chance to tie the game. “They changed the rules a little bit, but it doesn’t really change if you go down and get a touchdown,’’ Manning said at the time. “It puts a premium on the coin toss.”

Saints QB Drew Brees does not agree with the new rules saying that there will be more ties. “I’m not sure what the thought process was going into it, but just from what I see I would disagree with it because more games are going to end in ties now,” Brees said. He suggested that the NFL do what college football does and that is, each team gets a possession starting at the opponents 25-yard line with an un-timed quarter. However, there is no consensus on what the NFL should do, but Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said the same thing last year.

The NFL has not been serious enough about player safety, they talk a good game, but their actions speak otherwise. One of my issues with the league and owners has been that Thursday night game. The biggest flaw with Thursday night football is that teams who are playing only have 3 days to recover from injuries and less time to prepare for their opponent. The NFL was trying to fix something that was not broken and has created more problems than anticipated. I have been hesitant to support the college football overtime rules, but it has come to that point where the NFL must adopt NCAA football’s OT rules.  Football fans have something truly entertaining when both teams get the chance to have the football at the opponents 25-yard line and if the game gets to a third overtime, teams that scores a touchdown must attempt a 2-point conversion.

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The NFL is dealing with a PR fiasco they created and their actions will not help mitigate this whether you agree with the new rules or not. This rule change is nothing more than to put a band-aid on a problem that needs major fixing and people are seeing right through this. More importantly, what has the NFL learned from what happened at Super Bowl LI? Nothing.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Linebacker Breakdown

Last season the Chiefs were strong at the linebacker position but suffered key injuries throughout the season. The Chiefs added inside linebacker Ukeme Eligwe in the draft and he will add much needed depth to the position. Overall, the Chiefs should be strong at linebacker in 2017.

Justin Houston started the 2016 season on the physically unable to perform list. He missed the first 10 weeks of the season because of knee surgery he underwent in February of 2016. Houston finished the season with 21 combined tackles and five sacks. Justin Houston should be healthy to start the 2017 season.

 

Tamba Hali will be the other outside linebacker for the Chiefs, playing opposite Justin Houston. 2017 will be Hali’s 12th season in Kansas City. Hali was the Chiefs first round pick in 2006. Last season he started every game and finished with 24 combined tackles and 3.5 sacks. Hali should provide veteran experience to the linebacker corps again in 2017.

 

Derrick Johnson suffered a torn Achilles last season in week #14 against the Oakland Raiders. The injury caused him to miss the rest of the season, which had a big impact on the Chiefs defense. Johnson is tied with punter Dustin Colquitt for the longest tenure with the team. Last season Johnson recorded 90 combined tackles, one sack and one interception. Johnson is expected to be ready for training camp and the regular season. It will be important for Derrick Johnson to stay healthy in 2017.

 

Ramik Wilson is the Chiefs other starting inside linebacker. 2017 will be Wilson’s fourth season with the Chiefs. He has been on the active roster off and on for the last two seasons. Wilson started the last 11 games for the Chiefs and had 76 total tackles and one interception. He also had a strong performance in the playoffs with 15 combined tackles against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ramik Wilson does not have a lot of experience but could be a surprise for the Chiefs on defense next season.

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Linebacker is one of the strongest position groups for the Chiefs but last season they suffered key injuries, which caused problems for the defense. In 2017 they will return Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Ramik Wilson who were key contributors last season. They are all expected to be healthy to start the season. The Chiefs also added Ukeme Eligwe in the draft that will provide the depth they needed last season. Linebacker should be one of the strongest positions for the Chiefs in 2017.

Next Man Up For Lions After Decker Injury

Troubling news surfaced out of Allen Park, MI on Tuesday morning via Lions head coach Jim Caldwell. It was announced that Taylor Decker underwent shoulder surgery on Monday. There is no timetable for his return, although, when asked if he thought it would be season-ending, Caldwell seemed optimistic and didn’t think that would be the case.

Decker’s injury occurred during last week’s OTA’s.

What isn’t known is what kind of shoulder surgery Decker received. What is known is that Decker will miss the remainder of Detroit’s off-season workouts and probably more.

The Lions have a few in-house options to turn to and could also turn to the free agent pool to locate a replacement. Regardless, it’s unlikely that there is a perfect replacement at left tackle for general manager Bob Quinn and his staff to locate. They’ll have to throw Band-Aids on the open wound as it certainly will be tough to match what Decker has done in a short amount of time and what he can potentially do.

Decker has the ability to become a Pro Bowler and the Detroit Lions full-heartedly believe that he will play at such a level for a long time. The transition from college to the NFL was a bit tough for Decker out of the gate during his rookie campaign a year ago, but he continuously made positive strides as the season went on while playing every offensive snap.

For now, Joe Dahl and Cornelius Lucas are the two front-runners as they took first-team reps on Tuesday. Another option is Corey Robinson, who is still sidelined after having foot surgery during the winter.

The Lions are reportedly bringing in free agent Cyrus Kouandjio for a visit. Kouandjio, 23, is a former second-round pick.

 

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Arizona Cardinals Must Rebound In The 2017-2018 NFL Season

When talking about some of the biggest season to season letdowns, the Arizona Cardinals are one of the teams who had a big 2015-2016 NFL season to a disaster 2016-2017 season. The Cardinals accounted for a 13-3 record and went to the NFC Conference Championship in the 2015-2016 season. After that 49-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship, the Arizona Cardinals accounted for a 7-8-1 record in the 2016-2017 NFL season.

Arizona lost 8 games but 5 of them were lost by a margin of just one possession (7 or fewer points). The Cardinals were 9th in the league in passing yards per game (258.5), 6th in points per game (26.1), 14th in points allowed per game (22.6), 2nd in yards allowed per game (305.2) and 1st in total sacks (48). Despite being statically successful, the Cardinals had more weakness on their team in terms of being in sync through some of their older veterans. Head Coach Bruce Arians made some claims that there were players in the locker room that were not accountable or being the leaders that they needed to be.

Following a DUI arrest, Wide Receiver Michael Floyd was released by the Cardinals on December 16th. Before his arrest, however, Floyd only started 7 games (played in 13) and accounted career low 446 receiving yards. During this offseason, the Cardinals had some veterans that left to other teams. The biggest loss came from DE/DT Calais Campbell, who was 3rd on the team in sacks (8) and accounted for 7 tackles for loss. Arizona also lost 2 of their top 3 tacklers from the 2016-2017 season in S Tony Jefferson (96) and ILB Kevin Minter (81). Two-time Pro Bowl G Evan Mathias was a huge anchor for the Cardinals Offensive Line but is now retiring at 35 years old.

With the loss of these veterans and leaders on the team, there will have to be new leadership and proper team chemistry. This is something that Coach Arians has been seeking from his Cardinals team. Regardless of the questionable leadership from these players, the loss of talent is still a huge factor for the team to replace. Throughout the off-season, the Cardinals have acquired players that they believe can not only fill the performance standards of the former Cardinals but also the real leadership value they need. S Antoine Bethea was added to the roster and former Cardinals player, LB Karlos Dansby was added to be an older veteran/playmaker. Longtime Cleveland Brown Kicker Phil Dawson was added to replace Chandler Catanzaro, who was lost to the New York Jets through free agency.

This will be a perfect opportunity for players like RB David Johnson, CB Patrick Peterson and S Tyrann Mathieu to be leaders for the team. This is a role that they may have never experienced with Arizona possibly because of seniority from the now-departed players. RB David Johnson could be the go-to leader on offense soon with QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald nearing the end of their careers. Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson need to be leaders on a defense that was suffering through injuries and identity issues. This defense will also greatly benefit from incoming rookies ILB Haason Reddick (1st round pick from Temple) and S Budda Baker (2nd round pick from Washington). Having a former Cardinal like Dansby back on the team will provide leadership for ILB Haason Reddick, who is expected to have an explosive rookie season.

Injuries also played a huge part of the Cardinals’ downfall in 2016. Last season, the Cardinals lost Left Tackle Jared Veldheer to a triceps injury for 8 weeks, TE Troy Nikolas to a wrist injury for 13 weeks, S Tyvon Branch to a groin injury for 9 weeks and OLB Alani Fua to a knee injury for 13 weeks.

Quarterback Carson Palmer took 40 sacks last season, which is the 2nd most in his NFL career. Regardless of who is under Center for years to come in Arizona, the Cardinals Offensive Line must protect better. Having Veldheer back from injury will help the passing game productivity more along with the addition of 3rd round selection in WR Chad Williams (Grambling State). Williams will be able to add more diversity to the Wide Outs in terms of what kind of input they will primarily bring. Pushing Williams on the outside will not only compliment Larry Fitzgerald on the opposite side but will make J.J. Nelson a much more of a dangerous slot receiver.

There is no argument that the Arizona Cardinals have some of the best talent in the NFL. In the 2016-2017 NFL season, they had three of their players get selected to the Pro Bowl. Coach Arians is one of the smartest and toughest coaches in the NFL. The chemistry must be crucial for a team especially for a team that has 25 starting positions in the sport of Football. If the Cardinals have a great training camp developing on team chemistry and avoid having devastating injuries throughout the season, the Arizona Cardinals can once again make some noise in the NFC West and the playoffs.

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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Receiver Breakdown

Last season the Chiefs struggled in the passing game. They finished 21st in the NFL in total receiving yards and only averaged 244.6 receiving yards per game. The Chiefs will keep the majority of their receiving corps together for next season and add rookie Jehu Chesson who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Travis Kelce led the Chiefs in receiving yards last season. His 1,125 yards were the most among tight ends in the NFL. Kelce was named to the Pro Bowl and was an All-Pro in 2016. Kelce is an important part of the Chiefs offense and he should play a big role in the passing game in 2017. He should be one of the top tight ends in the NFL again next season.

 

Tyreek Hill led the Chiefs in receiving touchdowns last season. The rookie had a breakout season with nine total touchdowns. Hill was also valuable to the Chiefs as a returner. He led the NFL in punt return yards in 2016. Hill was named to the Pro Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro. Hill is a young player that could develop into a star player for the Chiefs next season.

Jeremy Maclin is another player that plays a key part in the Chiefs offense. Last season Maclin had 536 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He was limited because of a groin injury that caused him to miss four games. 2017 will be his ninth season in the NFL. Maclin adds veteran experience and consistency to the Chiefs receiving corps.

 

The Chiefs added Jehu Chesson in the 2017 NFL Draft. Chesson played four seasons with Michigan and was named a first-team All-Big 10 wide receiver in 2015. He is a big receiver that could make an early impact in the red zone. Chesson probably won’t play a lot next season but he is a talented receiver that could be valuable to the Chiefs in the future.

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Last season the Chiefs struggled in the passing game but they have key players that can make an impact in 2017. The Chiefs have a mixture of veterans and young players that can improve the passing game next season. Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Jeremy Maclin should lead the Chiefs in receiving again in 2017. The passing game is important to any offense and the Chiefs will need to improve next season.

Tom Brady Honors A Fallen Soldier

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL, Kyle Milliken. Milliken was a Maine native and former UConn track athlete who was killed in Somalia on May 5th.

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken, his wife and his 2 children lived in Virginia Beach, Va. He got to meet Tom Brady when himself and other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. Not only did he get to meet Brady, but Brady posed for pictures as well.
At Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady’s video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.
Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004. He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the “Black Hawk Down” battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. He was 38.
In a statement to the Boston Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.
“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”
On a personal note, I like reporting about the good side of athletes. I think all of the negative that we hear about people in general  is overwhelming and could probably at least be evened out by positive. Do I now love Tom Brady and think that he is not a rule bender? No. But what I do think is that most human beings have good in them, and they do good things, but it never gets reported on because negative stories ALWAYS get more attention than positive stories. Brady did something wonderful here, he should get recognized for both his missteps and his positive leaps.
Parts of this article were written by Bill Speros of the Boston Herald.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Running Back Breakdown

Last season the Chiefs struggled in the running game. The running back corps suffered key injuries and only managed 1,747 rushing yards which ranked 15th in the NFL. During the off-season the Chiefs released Jamaal Charles and drafted Kareem Hunt in the third round. The running back corps will look very different for the Chiefs in 2017.

 

The Chiefs released Jamaal Charles this off-season after he suffered another injury to his knee. Last season he only had 40 rushing yards and one touchdown. Charles has been a key player for the Chiefs throughout his career. He was drafted in 2008 in the third round. He is a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro. He has a career 5.5 yards per carry, which is the highest among current players. Charles has been a big part of the Chiefs offense throughout his career and they will need to find a way to fill his absence.

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The Chiefs added Kareem Hunt in the 2017 NFL Draft. Hunt played four seasons with the Toledo Rockets. He had 4,945 career rushing yards and 44 rushing touchdowns. He was a two-time First-Team All-MAC player. Hunt will add depth to the position and could make an impact early. He will probably start the season behind Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West.

 

Last season the Chiefs rushing game was led by Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. Spencer Ware had 921 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Charcandrick West had 293 yards and one touchdown. Ware and West have been a big part of the Chiefs offense the last two seasons and they should be a big part again in 2017.

The Chiefs also have two other running backs on the roster. C.J. Spiller and Devine Redding. C.J Spiller is a veteran running back that has spent time with the Bills, Saints, Seahawks and Jets. Devine Redding was signed this off-season after going undrafted. Both players will provide depth but will likely not see much playing time.

 

Running back is an important position and the Chiefs made moves to improve. They released Jamaal Charles who has suffered key injuries the last two seasons and drafted Kareem Hunt who will provide the Chiefs with depth. The Chiefs also have veterans to lead the position. The Chiefs should be much better in the rushing game this season after struggling last season. The moves made this off-season to improve the running game could have a big impact on the Chiefs success this season.

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Pros & Cons Of The Looming Contract Extension Of Matthew Stafford

The 29-year-old Matthew Stafford is entering his ninth season in the National Football League and has been under center for the Detroit Lions in each of the previous eight campaigns. This time around, the veteran quarterback is entering a contract year where he’s currently staring free agency right in the face.

The Lions organization thinks very highly of Matthew Stafford and seems to be interested in extending their quarterback, as expected.

It’s worth noting that Lions general manger Bob Quinn wasn’t in the organization when Stafford was previously extended. Now, we’re nearing the end of May and the two parties haven’t struck a deal at this point in time.

Whether or not that means anything isn’t quite up to us fans or writers, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.

Here is what Bob Quinn and members of the Lions’ front office might be looking at:

Pros:

    • Stafford plays in a blue-collar town and fits the mold, perfectly
    • Stafford is one tough son-of-a-you know what
    • Aside from a couple injuries early in his career, Stafford has been one of the most durable quarterbacks in the league, perhaps the healthiest
    • No. 9 isn’t far from being an elite quarterback as he brings a strong arm (cannon) and mind to the gridiron
    • Stafford is one of the best in the two-minute drill, so, his team is never really out of a game

 Cons:

  • If re-signed, Stafford will more than likely become the highest-paid player in all of football
  • Stafford hasn’t gotten over the hump, which makes such a large deal a bit harder to swallow
  • The larger the deal, the harder it will be for the team to bring in significant pieces from the outside
  • There is uncertainty with the 29-year-old quarterback — he is 0-3 in playoff games — and hasn’t taken off on a consistent basis

Stafford has steadily improved throughout his career while going off and showing flashes of one that looks to be turning into an elite quarterback, but inconsistencies have slowed his roll into actual elite status.

Talk around town pertaining to Stafford’s ability range anywhere from mediocre-to-phenomenal. Many want the Lions to move on and find another man for the job, meanwhile, many others want Stafford to be the guy that is calling the cadence for years to come.

Well, the relationship is heading into year number nine, so why call it off now? Stafford hasn’t necessarily had a complete team around him in any of his eight seasons in the league. As for the upcoming ninth season, he has one of the best offensive lines in the league — which means he should have more protection —  via the running game and improved pass blocking, of course.

If the two sides reach a deal prior to the season, both will be set for quite a long time. If they don’t reach a deal prior to the season, Stafford would be challenged to have a monster year and the same goes for the Lions.

It appears that Matthew Stafford will remain as the future of the Detroit Lions, but Bob Quinn is showing patience and you can’t blame him for that.

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