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This is perhaps a bit misleading. I have thought very different things about Matthew Stafford as time has gone on.
Once upon a time, I thought Stafford was not only wrong for Detroit, but also that Detroit was wrong for Stafford.
Don't worry, though. That was shortsighted and just plain wrong. I'm referring to a different projection.
Namely, that Stafford, in his third year but lacking game experience, would still have some rookie moments to work out.
I figured that would mean more interceptions, and I give the kid credit for playing more within himself. He hasn't been a turnover machine, the way he looked like he might in his first season.
If anything, Stafford's mistakes fall on the other end of the spectrum. He has been conservative, uncertain, and seemingly rattled in the last couple games.
When the Lions were winning, it was because Stafford was trusting his arm and his receivers, and he was right.
But he seems a little more timid every time he takes a hit (which is a lot, lately).
You can blame the offensive line for that, because great pocket passers play the game knowing they can stand in and let the play develop (have you seen how statue-like Tom Brady can be in the pocket?).
Now, don't mistake this for me calling Stafford out. He's still the future of the franchise, but it's way, WAY too early to put him on that Brees/Brady/Rodgers level. The kid is still 23 years old. Give him time.