Detroit Lions: 7 Reasons 2011 Will Be Matt Stafford's Breakout Season

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Detroit Lions: 7 Reasons 2011 Will Be Matt Stafford's Breakout Season
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Universally, Matt Stafford becoming a franchise quarterback is considered the greatest hurdle standing between the Detroit Lions and returning to NFL relevance.

Almost equally is universal is the belief that Stafford has everything he needs to be that franchise guy, if only he could average more than seven games a season.

In limited time, Stafford has shown flashes of greatness (along with flashes of still being a rookie), and Lions fans are chomping at the bit to get him in the game and see him grow into his role as future leader of the franchise.

Lions fans are notoriously optimistic about their team, and to an extent, this is piling on. But there are a number of signs that show promise for Stafford's performance and health in 2011.

Of course, the signs aren't all positive. But we'll save the negativity for some other time.

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