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.
Saturday, November 2 - Special Teams
Sunday, November 3 - Coaches
Tuesday, November 5 - Quarterbacks & Overall Grades