Overall number one draft pick, and 42 million dollar man, Matthew Stafford has been less than impressive in his first two career NFL starts. While his team, the Detroit Lions, have no lost 19 NFL games in a row, Stafford has shown little flair, or reason to why this team took him with the first draft pick of the 2009 NFL draft. Granted the Lions are a bad team, almost the worst team ever, but the reason they are so bad is the apparent bad decision making process involved with virtually all decisions made by this organization.
It should be a rule in the NFL that bad teams should not look to build up their teams by taking a QB. It almost never works. In fact this is the second time in recent history that the Lions have tried to do just that. They ruined the career of Joey Harrington by throwing him to the wolves, and it looks like they are doing the same to Stafford, or it just night be that Stafford isn’t all that good.
Through two starts Stafford has a QB rating of 40.5, has completed just 34 of 67 passes, and has thrown just one touchdown and five interceptions. Compared to Mark Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, who has completed 32 of 53 passes, has a QB rating of 91.3, has thrown two touchdowns to just one interception. More importantly the Jets have won both games, while the Lions continue to lose.
The lesson seems to be that the Jets, a more solid team than the Lions, were in a very good spot to take a franchise QB. While bad teams, like the Lions, continue to waste draft picks, money, and fan interest by taking guys who cannot help the team win.