November 8, 2010 by staff
Matthew Stafford, The game seemed routine. The quarterback scrambled out of his pocket with a lot of real estate open before him. The quick search linebacker shot in the back and the quarterback hit the ground.
No big deal. Get up. Get ready for the next play. But nothing is routine when Matthew Stafford hit the lawn now. Hold your breath.
In the fourth quarter Sunday, Stafford immediately grabbed his right shoulder injured it in the first game in Chicago – and what should have been the biggest win of the Lions in the last 10 years became a chapter of the story incredibly sadistic cruel franchise.
No need to discuss now. The Lions have and magnet 72 million injury. If you can not trust that Stafford will survive the most innocent-looking face, how can you trust to be carried out through the truly overwhelming success that quarterbacks have to endure if it is expected to last long term the NFL. It is not a question of toughness. It’s a matter of durability.
You do not have a franchise quarterback if the franchise can not expect him to play more games than he misses.
Stafford insisted fellow next 23 to 20 Lions overtime loss to the Jets do not believe that their leader is prone to injury, but could also have been the overall impact of wasting a 10-point lead in the final minutes talking .
Centre and captain Dominic Raiola called this the worst loss in 10 years with the Lions. He has experienced more than 100 during his sentence here, so it should be a good judge.
Failures occurred in a rapid progression. But the collapse began when Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas Stafford fired in a second deep into the territory of Detroit. He landed squarely on his shoulder that the Lions had thought healed after six weeks. And just that fast, every ounce of energy and confidence left the team and what had been one of the strongest Ford Field crowd in recent history.
President Tom Lewand was above his and 72 million investment as doctors examined him on the bench, perhaps wondering if he could hold his registration payments savior of the franchise next fragile bond. Stafford initially put his helmet back, but everyone knew he was done.
Owner William Clay Ford, could only hope encouraging news when reporters confronted him later with respect to injuries Stafford.
“It’s just something abnormal,” Raiola said, shaking his head in disbelief.
A shoulder injury in a season and a half is a coincidence, but three shoulder separations potential – along with a knee injury – is a trend. Is a reason for concern that this young man just can not stand. And if Stafford was closed indefinitely again, the Lions should seriously ask themselves after this season if he is really the man to rally around any resurrection of the franchise.
“It was a difficult situation,” said coach Jim Schwartz, “because he had grass in front of him and was able to get out and run. But some of these works, you just have to throw it away. We did not want throwing incomplete passes in these situations. He ran. ”
Stafford made the right decision. He kept the clock moving with an advantage. He kept his head. But what good is having a franchise quarterback make the right decision if you can not trust their injury threshold.
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