Meow Mix: My Matthew Stafford Pipe Dream

Daniel MuthSenior Analyst IAugust 12, 2009

ALLEN PARK, MI - AUGUST 04: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions gets ready to throw a pass during training camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on August 4, 2009 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

OK, I know I said that drafting Matthew Stafford would be asinine.

I'll stand by that because it's not the numbers play, and neglects some gaping holes, particularly up front on both sides of the ball.

Great teams are generally forged inside out.

But after it was a done deal he instantly became our next best hope, meaning that I'd take a bullet for the kid if he has any shot at reversing what has been a dismal string of quarterback woes throughout the recent (and not so recent) tenure of the Detroit Lions.

And let's face it, when you have names like Eric Hipple, Joe Ferguson, Chuck Long, Todd Hans, Rusty Hilger, Bob Gagliano, Rodney Peete, Andre Ware, Erik Kramer, Scott Michell, Dave Krieg, Don Majkowski, Frank Reich, Charlie Batch, Gus Frerotte, Stoney Case, Ty Detmer, Mike McMahon, Joey Harrington, Dan Orlovsky, Jon Kitna, Josh McCown, and J.T. O'Sullivan on the roster, your outcome is probably predetermined.

Omitting the current roster, these are the names that have led the Detroit Lions since 1985, and I just didn't have the stomach to keep going back, as the picture remained just as terrible.

You get the picture.

So as queasy as I was that we might be courting another Joey "Don't Call Me Joe" Harrington, I've got to say that I've been rather impressed with Stafford in his limited time with the team, and the reports out of training camp are ubiquitously glowing.

They say he can make all the throws and that his arm strength is as advertised.

They say he can put the ball into tight spaces and make the correct reads.

They say he's mobile and can throw on the run.

They say his mechanics are flawless.

They say that he's distinguishing himself as the front runner for the starting job this season.

They say all this and then are quick to say that they would rather stay tight-lipped until they actually see him in action.

Tight lipped?

The reports from camp have the kid nearly walking on water, and you're telling me he's even better?

God I hope so.

I hope he's a hall-of-famer with a long and distinguished career with the Detroit Lions.

Beyond that I hope for even more.

I hope that talent translates into wins, and I hope the front office doesn't simply sit on those wins and do nothing else to improve the team.

And I hope for a Divisional title, a playoff win, a conference championship, and...dare I say it?

No, I best not. Slow down there, tiger. There's still a lot of work to do and a mountain to climb.

Because right now all this amounts to my Matthew Stafford pipe-dream, and though there's nothing wrong with dreaming, it's about time for us Lions fans to step out of our dreams and into the NFL.

We've been absent for so long that Rip Van Winkle himself would be astounded by the length of our slumber, and we're still looking for that wake up call.

Is it Matthew Stafford?

Only time will tell.