Matthew Stafford has really grown into his role as QB and leader of this team during the first half of the 2013 season. We always knew he was a very talented QB, but now we are seeing him as team leader and a force on the field that can will his team to victory. There are many knocks on him, the goofy arm angels and the sometimes regrettable down the field decisions, however he and WR Calvin Johnson are an almost unstoppable force. It almost doesn't matter how many people cover Calvin, Stafford knows he can throw a jump ball to him and 8 times out of 10 Calvin is gonna come down with it. It is the most prolific offensive pairing in the league today, and they may wind up being the most dangerous combination in the history of this game.
The numbers so far for Stafford are pretty good. He has 2,617 passing yards, on a 62.4 completion percentage. 16 TD's to go with just 6 picks, but he does have 5 fumbles and that is a little troubling. He is putting up big numbers but let us not forget the numbers he put up last year and only won 4 games. We also must remember the Lions have a legit running game this year and they use far more than they have over the past 2 seasons.
It is very hard to find fault with Stafford's performance. he is performing to the level expected and leading his team on the field. WR Kris Durham was on Detroit Sports Radio this week and since he went to College with Stafford was talking about the difference in his demeanor. Durham says Stafford is far more vocal now, and the locker room certainly has his respect. That is all a fan base can ask of their franchise QB.
All of that and we have not seen much of Shaun Hill, and that is absolutely a good thing. At the quarter season mark Stafford was earning a solid A grade, There seems to be no reason to drop that assessment. In face there is a very good argument that his grade should go up.