Tag:Matthew Stafford
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:31 pm

Hot Routes 5.12.11: Chris Harris is just awesome

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Chris Harris of the Chicago Bears is a pretty chill dude, from what I know about him on Twitter. (Also, he was a Panther for a few years, so I was always a fan.) He seems to "get it" when it comes to online interaction, and if you hit him up on Twitter, he'll usually hit you back. Anyway, what he did for a Alex of Cheesehead.TV's father is pretty ridiculous. As you might guess, Alex is not a Bears fan. But his dad is, and via Twitter, page/GB">Packers+Lounge)">Alex was able to get Harris to ring up his dad on the old man's birthday.
Posted on: May 2, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2011 4:14 pm

Green, Stafford get golf tips at Stadion Classic

Posted by Will Brinson

John Smoltz -- who missed the cut by like 25 strokes, ouch -- wasn't the only celebrity golfer on the Nationwide Tour in Georgia this weekend. Former Georgia Bulldogs and current NFL players A.J. Green (just drafted by the Bengals) and Matthew Stafford (Lions quarterback) were on hand at the Stadion Classic in Athens, Georgia, to get some free lessons from a few pros.

Stafford, the veteran with a pretty sweet swing, got some tips from weekend winner Bubba Watson (well, Bubba won the PGA Tour event anyway). Having seen both of these guys in action, that'd be a fun pair to put in a foursome.

Meanwhile, the rookie Green, who has ... some work to do on his swing.

Fortunately for him, if the labor situation continues as it is, he's likely to have plenty of time to practice.
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:34 pm

Stafford will test his arm this Saturday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sounds like Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s throwing shoulder is feeling much better, thank you very much.

That’s because, according to the Detroit Free Press, Stafford - the oft-injured franchise QB who some might call, I don't know, a "china doll" - will participate in Georgia’s spring game Saturday, specifically during a Legends Quarterback Challenge that takes place during halftime.

Along with former Bulldogs standouts Eric Zeier, D.J. Shockey and David Greene, Stafford will compete in three skills challenges, including throwing passing routes to auction winners.

Fortunately for the Lions, the spring game occurs before the NFL draft, in case, you know, something else happens to Stafford’s shoulder.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 5:44 pm

Offseason Checkup: Detroit Lions

Posted by Andy Benoit

C. Johnson (US Presswire)

Eye on Football's playing doctor for every NFL team with our Offseason Check-ups .

If we’re to stick strictly to the metaphor here, a team that always finishes in ICU was at least hobbling around one of the more respectable rehabilitation wards when the 2010 season ended.

The Lions went 6-10, ranking 15th in points scored and 19th in points allowed (the 15th scoring offense ranking was partly due to a penchant for fun but unfulfilling garbage time comebacks). It’d be interesting to find out if the Lions brass would have been willing to trade the 6-10 finish for a 4-12 finish if had meant Matthew Stafford getting a chance to develop. This team likely would have been better than 6-10 had Stafford not missed 13 games with shoulder problems. But the point is, his development is crucial to the franchise’s long-term growth, and he didn’t develop while on the sidelines.

At least rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh developed. He went from “monster” early in the year to “mega monster” late. Suh headlined a revamped defensive line, which headlined a defense that still sorely needed revamping at the linebacker and secondary levels.


An unsung hero

How did this story slip through the cracks in 2010? Pettigrew, a first-round draft choice out of Oklahoma State in ’09, was operating at full strength on the field just nine months after tearing his ACL. In his return, the 265-pounder was an even quicker, more fluid runner than before.

Pettigrew’s newfound receiving prowess gave the offense an underneath dimension that was crucial in capitalizing on defenses rolling coverage over the top against Calvin Johnson. Augmenting this was Pettigrew’s ability to snag balls on the move.

Pettigrew’s newfound receiving prowess gave the offense an underneath dimension that was crucial in capitalizing on defenses rolling coverage over the top against Calvin Johnson. Augmenting this was Pettigrew’s ability to snag balls on the move.

Having a zone-based playmaker like an Asante Samuel would do wonders for Gunther Cunningham’s secondary. Last year’s corners were too focused on fundamentals to even listen to whatever instincts they may have had. It’s questionable whether Chris Houston is wanted back, and it should be questionable whether Alphonso Smith deserves to be welcomed back (at least to the starting lineup). Nate Vasher has experience in a Cover 2 scheme, but a few decent games down the stretch in Detroit don’t override his last few disastrous years in Chicago.

2. Outside Linebacker
You actually have to have a strong side to your game in order to be a starting strongside linebacker in the NFL. Which is why finesse-based journeyman Bobbie Carpenter is not the answer. Last year’s strongside ‘backer, Zack Follett, is penciled in as the replacement for gargantuan disappointment Julian Peterson on the weak side. Follett, however, doesn’t begin to have the necessary athleticism to play this position.

3. Interior Offensive Linemen
Center Dominic Raiola’s lack of power has become too much of an issue. An upgrade there could help keep thoroughly average guards Rob Sims and Stephen Peterman afloat.

The Lions could very well become the trendy pick of 2010. A lot of the hype will depend on how people feel about Stafford.

If he’s sharp, the Lions might be able to mask their middling offensive line. In that case, it would come down to how much the young secondary improves. If it’s lofty goals you like, 9-7 wouldn’t be an unfairly high bar for this club.

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:33 am

Follet blames Satan for 'china doll' comments

Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday, Zach Follett went on the radio and referred to his quarterback as a "china doll." Even if Matthew Stafford's missed a lot of football games, the city of Detroit didn't appreciate that and got really made at the linebacker.

So, naturally, he did what anyone else would do -- fire up the video podcast machine, record a rambling short film in which he blamed Satan for his actions and post it on the Internet.

"Satan wants me to respond through the flesh and attack back" -- literal words spoken in that video. Now, there's no need for this to turn into a religious discussion, because, well, hey, do what you want and praise who you want.

But it seems a touch unfair to claim that Satan is working "through the media." I mean, he totally was with that whole Jay Cutler thing, but this was probably someone else's work.

Speaking of which, Follet also said yesterday he's "glad [the Lions] have Matt Stafford instead of the Bears quarterback because [Stafford] goes out there and plays with separated shoulders and wins games." Quick! Someone find another demonic entity to blame!

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:26 pm

Follett calls Stafford 'a china doll'

M. Stafford was called a china doll by Z. Follett (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions LB Zack Follett, while discussing Bears QB Jay Cutler on a Fresno, Calif., radio station today, might have inadvertently given a gift to Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s biggest critics.

Of the former No. 1 pick who’s missed plenty of games the past couple years (six in his rookie season and 13 this year) due to injury, Follett referred to Stafford as a china doll.

Said Follett on ESPN Radio (1430 AM), via the Detroit Free Press: “Stafford, good guy. He’s a china doll right now. Anytime he gets hit, he goes down. But the kid is – hopefully, it’s just patiently waiting for him, because the kid is an awesome talent. He has a tremendous arm. The throws that he makes during practice when no one can touch him, he looks like an All-American quarterback, but put him in a game, and you hit his shoulder. So hopefully, say a couple prayers, keep him healthy next year, and the Lions can do some damage in the NFC.”

Psst, it should be noted that Follett was placed on Injured Reserve with an injured neck and missed the last 10 games of the season. China doll, indeed.

Later, Follett took to his Twitter account to backpedal faster than Maurice Jones-Drew: “Thats my bad on the china doll comment, just referring to his injury.. have no room to talk I was more broken then anyone this yr.”

And this: “Matts a baller I see it everyday on the field, and have no doubt he's going to do work next season!”

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 5:23 pm

Matthew Stafford undergoes shoulder surgery

Posted by Andy BenoitM. Stafford

Bad news and good news for Lions fans. The bad news is your franchise quarterback underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder Friday. The good news is, according to Tom Kowalski of MLive.com, Stafford should be 100 percent healthy for the Lions’ May minicamp.

This operation was not unexpected. Stafford injured his right shoulder twice during the 2010 season. Dr. James Andrews reportedly told the 23-year-old quarterback that his shoulder could heal without a procedure, but that going under the knife was better.

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:29 pm

If not (Andrew) Luck, then who?

What happens if Stanford QB Andrew Luck returns to school next year (Getty)? Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote in his MMQB this week that he’s hearing Stanford QB Andrew Luck is thinking about returning to college for another season and not becoming the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

Which would be a brutal blow for the Panthers (but, now that I think about it, a great twist for Jimmy Clausen).

That said, if Luck doesn’t come out for the 2011 Draft, who are some of the top candidates? The Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person has some ideas. Here’s his list (click on his link to see their pros and cons):

-Auburn DT Nick Fairley

-Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers

-Georgia WR A.J. Green

-LSU CB Patrick Peterson

-Auburn QB Cam Newton

And our friends at the CBSSports.com College Football Blog bring up another name in Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara.

Some food for thought: QBs (Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford) have been taken No. 1 in the past two Drafts and in 10 of the past 13 years. A WR hasn’t been taken No. 1 since the Jets grabbed Keyshawn Johnson in 1996. Dan Wilkinson was the last DT to go No. 1, and that occurred in 1994.

And for what it’s worth (and though Peterson and Amukamara won’t like to hear this), a cornerback has never been picked No. 1. And this thing has been going on since 1936.

Instead, perhaps Carolina should heed the advice of our fellow CBSSports.com bloggers: if Luck stays in school, perhaps the Panthers should avoid the heartache and simply trade down their pick.

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