Detroit Lions Midseason Grades: Quarterback Report Card

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Oct 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) talks with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) talks with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Every NFL team’s most important player may vary, but invariably every team’s most important position is quarterback.

The Detroit Lions are certainly no exception. Matthew Stafford has emerged as a team leader, as well as a very good quarterback. He is in the midst of a successful season, but just how successful has it been?

The usual “production/impact/expectations” metrics I’ve been using for the rest of the roster don’t translate especially well to backup quarterbacks, though. Production and impact are equally zero, and the expectation is that they won’t play, which neither of the Lions’ backup quarterbacks has to this point. So while Stafford will get the full breakdown, Shaun Hill and Kellen Moore will simply get prospective overall grades.

If this upsets you, I’ll try to make it up to you: they both get F grades in production and impact because they haven’t played, and C averages vs. expectations, because they’re not only expected to play in a crisis.

This is the last position to get graded, but it isn’t the end. Check out my final piece in this “Midseason Grades” series, in which I give my overall grade to each phase of this year’s Lions team.

Tuesday, October 29 – Guards/Centers & Linebackers

Wednesday, October 30 – Offensive Tackles & Cornerbacks

Thursday, October 31 – Tight Ends & Safeties

Friday, November 1 Running Backs & Defensive Tackles

Saturday, November 2 Special Teams

Sunday, November 3 Coaches

Monday, November 4 Wide Receivers & Defensive Ends

Tuesday, November 5 - Quarterbacks & Overall Grades

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