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 6 years ago '04        #1
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The Lions' Matthew Stafford is in position to lap the Jets' Mark Sanchez in the race to elite status
 

 

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The night before the 2009 NFL draft, a text flashed across Matthew Stafford’s cell phone. It was Mark Sanchez, who was holed up with some friends at a dive bar in Manhattan. Sanchez wanted Stafford and his crowd to join them.

Off Stafford went, and there were the two young quarterbacks, who’d become fast friends through the pre-draft process, knocking back a few beers in their final hours as mostly anonymous, carefree college kids.

The next day Stafford would go No. 1 overall to the Detroit Lions. Sanchez would go four picks later to the New York Jets. They were then, and forever, linked by history.

Matthew Stafford is one of four quarterbacks to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a single season.

Their careers went in sharply different directions. Sanchez joined a strong team and over his first two seasons he won four playoff games, reached consecutive AFC title games and became a magazine cover boy and big city celebrity. The tabloids dubbed him “Sanchize.” He was the modern day Joe Namath, on and off the field.

Stafford came here to the Lions, a team fresh off an 0-16 season and a long way from being competitive. Over his first two years he won just three games. Worse, he played in a mere 13, saddled multiple times with injuries that left him f!ghting the label of “fragile.”

The Jets and Lions played last season in November. Stafford was brilliant, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another as he built a Detroit lead. Then he got tackled from behind, busted his shoulder and was lost for the season. Sanchez stepped up to lead a dramatic fourth-quarter, game-tying drive and another in overtime for the victory. It was symbolic of their careers.

“I just told him to hang in there,” Sanchez said afterward.

The whole thing has circled around now. One team is up, the other down. And the debate about who made the right pick has swung back like a pendulum.

There’s no rivalry between the two. They remain friends. They remain supportive. They’ve both learned the hard way everything is fleeting in the NFL, both good and bad, and that these kinds of snapshots in time mean little.

Still, the juxtaposition is dramatic.

Stafford is preparing for Saturday night’s playoff game at New Orleans, the star player in the rise of the Lions.

He’s fresh off a season where he not only remained healthy, he delivered just the fifth 5,000-plus yards passing season in NFL history (5,038). He’s only 23, the same age as when Dan Marino did it in 1984. Stafford threw 41 touchdowns to boot.

He is, undoubtedly, a huge talent with brilliant potential.

Sanchez, meanwhile, is under the microscope after throwing 18 interceptions as the Jets imploded. He’s had to deal with cries about whether he’s not only regressed but whether he can ever be an elite player.

Stafford knows the playoffs are the time when quarterbacks are judged. It was January, after all, that made Sanchez’s rep to begin with, besting Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on consecutive weeks just last year.

Growing up in the Dallas area, Stafford was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and watched Troy Aikman in his prime. Forget those gaudy regular-season stats, he says, there’s only one thing that elevates a player.

“Win,” he said.

Stafford is the first to downplay his numbers anyway. He shakes his head at even the thought of 5,000 yards. Was it ever a goal? “No,” he laughed. “That’s a lofty one.”

Besides, circumstances played a big role. Stafford has a ton of talent to throw to, including Calvin Johnson, one of the league’s best. Then the Lions lost multiple running backs to injury and kept getting roped into high scoring affairs that required him to “sling it around.” He threw 663 passes this season, most in the league and the third highest total ever.

“We were just trying to do whatever it took to win,” he said. “We had to throw the ball probably more than we thought we would this year, but it resulted in [enough] wins to get us into the playoffs and that’s all that counts.

Matthew Stafford grew up watching QB greats Troy Aikman, Brett Favre and John Elway: "I remember a lot of games from all three of those guys and they'd do whatever it takes to win."

"hat’s a team accomplishment. It doesn’t just happen for me. You’ve got to have guys out there getting open, making players after catches, guys up front blocking. It was a total team effort. It’s great to be part of it.”

All true. So too is the fact Stafford had a season that was worthy of far more attention. Over his last four games, he’s thrown for 1,511 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions.

Can you imagine if Tim Tebow did that?

It was the combination of Tebow, the fact both Drew Brees (5,476) and Tom Brady (5.235) had greater statistical seasons and various Lions dramas and controversies that pushed Stafford aside.

If anything, he seemed to like it. Or at least accept it.

He points to Aikman and other quarterbacking role models from his youth like John Elway and Brett Favre. Who remembers their stats?

“I remember a lot of games from all three of those guys and they’d do whatever it takes to win,” he said. “That’s what you’ve got to do. Whether it’s go out there and run, throw, whatever. Just get your team in position to win.

“And that’s what I’m going to try to do.”

Postseason opportunity knocked immediately for Sanchez; it was sink or swim. Stafford had to take the more traditional route of a top pick and be the centerpiece of a construction job. This is the first of what is expected to be many postseason trips with a young, talented core of Lions.

So now here it is, the stage, the moment, the shot he’s been waiting and working for all these years. Two long seasons of questions and here comes the answer. No one calls him fragile anymore. No one doubts he has the ability to one day be a top five quarterback in the league.

And no one will be surprised if he puts up big numbers on Saturday, goes pass for pass with Drew Brees, makes this thing a game.

“It’s going to be fun,” Stafford said.

This here, at last, is the start of something big for Matthew Stafford.

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yes i realize this thread could backfire, but I gives a fu*k..


Jet fans bout to get mad as fu*k but I had to post this sh*t image

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 6 years ago '04        #2
torious 67 heat pts67 OP
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 NO RELIGION said:
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 6 years ago '08        #3
Chief Dee 6 heat pts
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Come get me when he surpasses Matt Flynn.
 6 years ago '04        #4
torious 67 heat pts67 OP
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 Chief Dee said:
Come get me when he surpasses Matt Flynn.
i actually considered giving props to this n*gga for making me laiugh cuz clearly he got jokes


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 6 years ago '06        #5
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 dtown1759 said:
i actually considered giving props to this n*gga for making me laiugh cuz clearly he got jokes


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true, but Cutler did get in their a.ss
 6 years ago '04        #6
Scoop24 15 heat pts15
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Lol Bookmarks this thread for when the lions go 1 and done..


Good luck this week tho.. It's a good matchup for y'all ..
 6 years ago '04        #7
torious 67 heat pts67 OP
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 Pyro911 said:
true, but Cutler did get in their a.ss

Chicago Bears Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Jay Cutler(notes) 9 19 123 47.4 6.5 2 16 0 0 68.5


cutler didnt do sh*t, stafford gave the game away.. and you gonna act like week 5 never happened???????????



 Firestarr said:
Lol Bookmarks this thread for when the lions go 1 and done..


Good luck this week tho.. It's a good matchup for y'all ..

props fam, i respect sanchez for winning some playoff games
 6 years ago '07        #8
Pistol Peter 33 heat pts33
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cutlers stats against the lions > staffords stats against the bears
 6 years ago '04        #9
torious 67 heat pts67 OP
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 Pistol Peter said:
cutlers stats against the lions > staffords stats against the bears
Oh i've missed the delusional bear fans like you pistol peter
Detroit Lions Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Matthew Stafford(notes) 19 26 219 73.1 8.4 1 5 2 1 107.7

Chicago Bears Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Jay Cutler(notes) 9 19 123 47.4 6.5 2 16 0 0 68.5
 6 years ago '04        #10
Calamity 8 heat pts
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all that is cute but this weekend? epic fail
 6 years ago '07        #11
Pistol Peter 33 heat pts33
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lmao @ this n*gga pulling the stats from staffords best game against us and cutlers worse against them

go back further than the monday night game that yall are so fond of ...even though we beat yall worse in the second
 6 years ago '04        #12
torious 67 heat pts67 OP
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so this must mean you are more proud of cutlers stats in a losing effort than his stats in a winning effort

add to the the fact that you still livin in the past.. I'm pretty sure we're talking about this season it's no secret that stafford was hurt alll of last season (and this one for the record, but the difference is that some QBs have the heart and guts to play thru they injuries ) but hey its cool man i aint mad we in the playoffs.

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 6 years ago '07        #13
Pistol Peter 33 heat pts33
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lol notice how the lion fans want everybody to forget in one season that they were the nfls as*hole for the greater part of two decades..and i'm dead @ you talking about anybodies quarterback and injuries..dough boy can't string two healthy seasons together you take pride in that?


but yeah you are right about one thing yall made the playoffs and we didn't so i don't have much room to talk ...funny how injuries in the past "plagued" this great detroit team but now they have single handedly put them in the playoffs
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torious 67 heat pts67 OP
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 Pistol Peter said:
lol notice how the lion fans want everybody to forget in one season that they were the nfls as*hole for the greater part of two decades..and i'm dead @ you talking about anybodies quarterback and injuries..dough boy can't string two healthy seasons together you take pride in that?


but yeah you are right about one thing yall made the playoffs and we didn't so i don't have much room to talk ...funny how injuries in the past "plagued" this great detroit team but now they have single handedly put them in the playoffs
i make no secret about the fact that the liedowns were trash under millen, we better han yalll now so we can talk sh*t. millen, fact is we won our last 4 without staffgod last season, whereas you two man team n*ggas combusted after losing your only two decent players on offense and didnt even have the common sense to l bench your starters vs the vikes when your season was long over to improve your draft chances and you let this happen

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 6 years ago '12        #15
DoMieD 5 heat pts
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Why are Bears fans hating?


Get use to it.
 6 years ago '07        #16
Pistol Peter 33 heat pts33
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lmao @ the matt millen excuse...we had a horrible gm but we won in spite of him..matt millen wasn't around in the 80's and 90's was he?...yall just suck..no way around it...and yeah yall are better than a cutlerless and forteless bears team..fair enough..but at full force?...no..no you are not

yall should send cutler and forte thank you cards for having the opportunity to go one and done in the playoffs
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Pistol Peter 33 heat pts33
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 DoMieD said:
Why are Bears fans hating?


Get use to it.
don't you got some bold predictions to be making instead of playing captain save a hoe ...mind your own business chump
 6 years ago '12        #18
DoMieD 5 heat pts
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Lmfaooo

fu*k off mate.
 6 years ago '04        #19
Veno da Don 23 heat pts23
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Matthew Stafford the best player under 25 in the NFL.

Lions best young team in the league BAR-NONE.

I've said it before ima say it again... AIN'T NOBODY CHECKING FOR THE BEARS so


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 dtown1759 said:
i make no secret about the fact that the liedowns were trash under millen, we better han yalll now so we can talk sh*t. millen, fact is we won our last 4 without staffgod last season, whereas you two man team n*ggas combusted after losing your only two decent players on offense and didnt even have the common sense to l bench your starters vs the vikes when your season was long over to improve your draft chances and you let this happen

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