There was not a lot of drama about who was gonna make the 2013 Detroit Lions at the QB position. Matthew Stafford is the starter, Shaun Hill is the backup and there may have been some competition for the third spot but the Lions are high on Kellen Moore and he may develop into a very capable backup one day. This is one position on the roster that is stocked with talent and the best thing we can say about Hill is that at any point he can come in, take over the offense, and not miss a beat.
However, that is not what the Lions or their fans want to see. They want to see their 2009 first overall draft pick finally step up and become the QB everyone seems to think he can be. There is little doubt that he can pass for lots of yards, there is little doubt that he can lead the offense effectively, but there is a some doubt about his ability to stay healthy and even more doubt if he is the leader this team needs to guide them to the Super Bowl.
To be fair Stafford has started all 16 games in each of the last two seasons, and has thrown for nearly 10,000 yards over the course of those two seasons. He threw for 61 TD's over that stretch and had 33 picks. That is not a terrible ratio but Stafford and the Lions would like to see it improve. He tends to get a little flustered if the team is behind and try and force a play when there isn't one there. As he gets more experience hopefully that habit goes a way.
The biggest key to success for the Lions offense may not lay with Stafford or the air attack, meaning the passing game is not the problem, but the running game is. Without a legit running game to keep opposing defense honest it is easy for Lions opponents to fall back into coverage and limit the damage of the high octane passing game.
Overall the QB position is one of strength for the Lions, and they continue to believe they drafted the right franchise QB. That is an assumption that is hard to argue with right now, but another four win season could make it far easier.