Detroit Lions‘ fans are obsessed with finding their quarterback of the future, but what if they don’t need to use their top pick to get him?
The Detroit Lions are a team with several needs, yet for many fans, they can only focus on a position that is already capably filled; quarterback. Last weekend during the NFL Combine, there was a growing faction of Lions fans that tuned in for one reason and one reason only, to see diminutive Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.
Murray has become the Holy Grail to Lions fans everywhere. Somehow, someway general manager Bob Quinn needs to acquire the former Sooner to save the city of Detroit.
‘Why?’ You ask. Because the local media has spoon-fed us with the idea that the Lions only hope of ever winning another game hinges on drafting Murray. Without him, all is lost. Forget about a defense that completely turned itself around and became one of the best in the league over the second half of the season.
Never mind that the ground game is starting to take wing and is being led by a star in the making named Kerryon Johnson.
And while we’re piling all of the blame at the feet of the Lions incumbent quarterback, Matthew Stafford, for last seasons disappointing 6-10 finish, try to remember just a couple of things. One is that the receiving corps unraveled as the year wore on. Golden Tate was traded, Marvin Jones was injured and the tight ends played no better than a group of cadavers could.
Second, despite how talented Kerryon Johnson is, he was used sparingly during the first several weeks of the season, then missed the final six due to injury. Oh yeah, and Stafford played through a back injury that would have sidelined just about anyone else in the league.
In other words, there were many palpable reasons why any quarterback would have failed for the Lions last year, not just Stafford. But let me also clarify one other point; regardless of the situation, Matthew Stafford has to play better.