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    Re: 2019 NFL Season Discussion (100th Year Special!)

    I mean, right? And Marvin Jones is as solid a #2 as you'll find. Golden Tate isnt elite but hes a serviceable one. The defense has never really been awful sans a few years but it's never been great either.

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    Re: 2019 NFL Season Discussion (100th Year Special!)

    Makes you wonder what could have been if Calvin stayed in the league longer.


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    Re: 2019 NFL Season Discussion (100th Year Special!)

    Well, for starters, the Lions have never really had a good running game. At one point, they had washed-up Reggie Bush.

    The Lions also have never had a good coach. Like, never. Look at the consistently great quarterbacks and most of them have a good coach. Even the ones we know are consistently great will have poor seasons when the coach sucks (such as Rodgers last year or Brees the year Payton was suspended).

    The Lions and Stafford also have existed during an era when the NFC is at its strongest of the century. Think back to this century's first decade. From 2001 through 2010, the AFC won the Super Bowl seven times (The NFC won it in 2002 with the Bucs, 2008 with the Giants and 2010 with the Saints). The Matt Hassleback-led Seahawks even made it one year.

    Now this decade, in order: Packers, Giants, Ravens, Seahawks, Patriots, Broncos, Patriots, Eagles, Patriots. It's 5-4 AFC and at one point it was 3-1 NFC. The conference has been difficult since Stafford joined the league. In fact, most of the QBs on a "top 10" list have been in this conference. He's had to go against Brees, Mike Vick, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, Kurt Warner, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan. Most of the QB-decrepit teams (Dolphins, Jags, Browns, Bills, Jets, Broncos, Bengals) exist in the NFC. Kind of makes Stafford look bad by association/relation since he's going up against slightly superior QBs every week.

    The Lions have made the playoffs three times with Stafford. They had to play -- and lost to -- the best Saints team ever (2012 team), the Cowboys, and the Seahawks. It's not like they haven't had any success. They haven't won a division championship because the NFC North is consistently one of the best divisions in the NFL. Look at the other "elite" quarterbacks. Brees plays in the NFC South, which is usually around league average. Brady is in the AFC East and we all know that's a poo platter. Russ Wilson is in the NFC West and that division is more often than not a big pile of shit. Big Ben is in the AFC North, which is usually just a little above league average (because the Browns are terrible usually).

    Philip Rivers is in the AFC West and that division is usually just slightly above average. Dak is in the NFC East and that division has on multiple occasions this decade had a 9-7 team win it.

    The only quarterback who consistently wins a really difficult division is Rodgers, and saying Stafford sucks because he isn't as good as Rodgers is a little silly.

    Stafford also joined a team that went 0-16 the previous season. So his first couple of years were basically forfeited.

    If you want a landmark win, it was during his rookie season when he got the first (or second) win while playing hurt. He's a tough-ass dude.

    It's coaching. It's a tough division. It's a tough conference.

    If anyone here claims Stafford isn't as good as Eli Manning, then boy do I have a long post for you. Stafford is basically the NFC version of Philip Rivers and the only reason one is viewed higher than the other is because of their surrounding parts and the toughness of their divisions.
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    Re: 2019 NFL Season Discussion (100th Year Special!)

    TGO, I have to commend you on that post. Incredibly well reasoned and thought out. Good stuff. There are a few points I could counter but overall a very rock solid argument.

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    Re: 2019 NFL Season Discussion (100th Year Special!)

    Just want to clarify that the Lions never having a good running game comment refers to the team after Barry Sanders retired.


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    Re: 2019 NFL Season Discussion (100th Year Special!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuji Vice View Post
    Just want to clarify that the Lions never having a good running game comment refers to the team after Barry Sanders retired.


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    Lions have never had a good running game *since Stafford entered the league*


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