Dave Birkett talks about an article that is supposed to be in tomorrow's Sports Illustrated. I obviously haven't read the article yet (doubly so because I let my SI subscription run out...) After what I have seen of Stafford both as a player, interviews, clips, articles...I must comment:
Bear Hug from behind? Sounds like he still thinks he’s a frat guy.
Can you see Peyton Manning doing that at a job interview? Ray Lewis? Big Ben? Eli? Yourself?
How many of the guys that you want to be the face of your franchise would do that at the combine, when you’ve had dinner with them once and haven’t even seen the city, or even thrown at the combine?
Sorry. Maybe I’m an old stick in the mud, but I can tell you that from what I’ve seen of the new Lions’ management (Mayhew, Lewand and Coach Schwartz) they like an appropriate light hearted moment, but are old-school in the business sense.
“It was all in fun” is not something you should have to explain… usually, if you find yourself saying that, you are on the defensive and the other party was not amused. Stafford is acting, from what I’ve seen, as if he has the #1 spot locked up. Nothing to prove attitude.
Personally, attitude wise, I like Aaron Curry. His family comes first, and he has been supporting them as best he can. He used the idea that he could, with phenomenal workouts and interviews, combined with his college tapes, maybe convince the Lions to take him at #1. He’s out to prove he is worthy of that pick – through hard work he’s doing, and has done.
Out to prove –as in, it is motivational for him.
Skills wise, he is far and above the best 4-down LB in this draft. The next best are being viewed as 2 down backers in the NFL. He also would grade out well compared to other draft classes at this point. His pieces on SI.Com on participating in the combine are well written and thoughtful. Seems to be a mature kid who knows what is important, and is willing to work harder than anyone else to get there. He won’t tell you – he’ll show you.
People always say the QB is the heart of the offense – well, the MLB is the QB and often the heart of the defense. The Lions have many holes, and Stafford type QB’s are there every year – and most years, when there are better QB’s in a draft, they are available much later on. In 2005, he’s a late 2nd rounder, not #1 overall consideration. It’s only because he is a QB.
Curry is projected to go in the top 3. When you look at last year’s draft, Ryan – at #3 – got more than #1 and #2 picks. The 1 and 2 were very close. It is said Curry may go at 2. So why not #1? It’s need. It’s BPA. It’s an immediate starter impacting the team from day one, and for many years to come. A core player to build upon.
It’s safe on one level – he is talented, and a great bet to be a dominant NFL player. It’s a big gamble on the other hand, because he will be by far the highest paid LB in the league.
So which gamble do you take? The “value” position of QB, or QB of your defense? Or, do you dig the trenches?
McShay and the draftniks think the Lions are in a no-win situation. I say the glass is half full. While there is no "true #1" -- it also eliminates a lot of peer pressure from the mix. Since there is no one person that is "can't miss" they can at least avoid Charlie Casserly's fate after taking Mario Williams (now one of the top DE's in the league) but bypassing the "media" picks of Reggie Bush and Vince Young (how have they worked out, by the way?).
The Lions have chance to blaze their own bold path - in a commanding, not comical way - and for some reason I get the feeling they are going to take full advantage of it.
Finally, a bit of thanks to RIP! I had almost forgotten that today marks the 1 year anniversary of DetFan1979.com. The year flew by, and thanks to all of you who read and contribute here -- both old and new! It's not just my passion for the Lions, but also not wanting to let you down, and to hear what you have to say that I continue this blog. So comment away -- as we enjoy our favorite team together -- from the depths of 0-16 to beyond!