I could look up when Matthew Stafford's contract ends, and I could tell you that the Lions need to extend his contract the year before that.
But no. Forget that; I don't care when it ends, extend his contract now. Yesterday. Can't do it soon enough.
Maybe this is an overreaction to a great season, but it's not like this is the Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick we're talking about. I'm not calling for the Lions to dump money on a former seventh-round pick for completing four passes in a row.
We're talking about a No. 1 overall draft pick that just became the second-youngest (and fourth ever) player to throw for 5,000 yards in a season. And this, in what was basically his sophomore season (in terms of games played).
What's especially crazy about Stafford is that he's still just a kid. Not only has he played in less than two seasons worth of games, but he's just barely 24 years old. That's younger than some of this year's draft prospects, younger than Andy Dalton, younger than most of the starting quarterbacks in the league.
Stafford is already shattering team records and coming close to some league records. And that's with an incomplete offense and inconsistent protection. Stafford is nowhere close to his prime, and neither is the offense he plays in.
That's a scary thing, and there's no telling where his numbers could end up. All I know is that they should end up in Detroit.
Never have I, as a Lions fan, had the opportunity to watch a guy who could truly be considered an elite quarterback. Not in Honolulu blue, anyway. I would watch Tom Brady during the playoffs and shake my head and marvel. This, I would say, is how the quarterback position is meant to be played.
But then I watched Stafford last season. And I saw pocket awareness. Smart reads. Accurate throws. Clutch comebacks capped by game-winning touchdowns. Receivers hit in stride running down the sidelines.
I saw a player in Honolulu blue playing the quarterback position the way it was meant to be played. So sue me if I want to see a lot more of it.