Is it weird to think Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford might actually be better without now-retired wide receiver Calvin Johnson at his disposal?
What this did was force Stafford to distribute the ball more evenly last season.
While his 65.7 completion percentage was in line with what he’s done over most of his career, Stafford’s QBR rating jumped up from 61.1 all the way to 70.5 — the highest it’s ever been for the 29 year old.
If Stafford hadn’t played at such a high level last season, the Lions wouldn’t have come anywhere close to making the playoffs and probably would have finished with a record well below .500.
That’s a testament to Stafford’s abilities, and it should be fun to watch him this season.