Wednesday, February 10, 2010

No Simple Answer For Lions On Donte Stallworth

It’s a tough call in a case like the one involving wide receiver Donte Stallworth.
Talent has never been an issue for him. He was once the 13th overall pick in the NFL Draft.
But his play on the field has been spotty. Sometimes really good. Other times, like he disappeared.
Stallworth served jail time and was suspended by the NFL for a year after being convicted of a felony manslaughter charge involving driving while alcohol impaired.
The Lions, who reportedly worked out Stallworth, aren’t running a boy scout camp. Winning is paramount. If he can help the Lions win - and if they feel he won’t be a problem in the locker room or off-the-field - they should sign him.
But don’t forget, Stallworth will turn 30 during the upcoming season. He didn’t play for a year. He might be past his prime.
And will he be extraordinarily driven and therefore succeed because of his circumstances? Or is he just a bad apple?
Because of the vagueness of those questions, teams usually pass on players like Stallworth, no matter how tempted they might be to sign him.



Anonymous William said...

I think there is a simple answer, don't even look twice at this guy. He's already old by NFL standards and he's never left the primadonna stage. He's not worth the time or trouble, look somewhere else.

10:35 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are obviously above-average or great running backs in history.

But agree with William, this guy is not going to bring anything that any other good running back would bring.

Great running backs are made by good or great offensive lineman and good offensive schemes.

Lions need to work on offensive linemen and on the other side, a good defensive middle lineman and linebackers (d-backs) that can turn the ball over to the offense for ball control and time control.

Guess I didn't say much on that, eh?

But it's a simple equation that Millen didn't seem to understand.

1:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoops, comment on the wrong article .. meant for the White article.

10:00 PM 
Anonymous Not a RB said...

Anonymous, you're as qualified to run the Lions as Millen was - Stallworth is a wide receiver, not a running back. Did you even read Pat's article?

Do not sign Stallworth. He won't bring anything to this offense that a 5th round wide receiver can't. Look for a wide out that can double as a punt returner. Antonio Brown from CMU would be a good pick up if he is still around in the 5th round.

8:03 AM 
Anonymous Marty said...

Stallworth is fast, but he has below average hands and below average route running ability. Pretty much a poor mans Az-zahir Hakim. Bryant Johnson can at least run routes ok, even if he has hands made of brick. I don't see what Stallworth would add to the team.

10:23 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a RB,

this is funny .. as you can see, I tried to correct my being delirious but you didn't see it before your comment.

Thanks for being kinda kind given the hilarious context.

I guess with my being so nitwity (is that a word?), I could have been Millen's assistant General Manager.

Like, kinda like Mayhew?

8:06 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

They did pass on him. Wonder what he will do with Ravens.

4:51 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I think you might be a little confused on this. Stallworth is a wide receiver.

4:52 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

White is 26. He has played continously. Stallworth missed a year and is 30. Apples and oranges comparison.

4:53 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Agree. Don't see where Stallworth would be an upgrade from Bryant Johnson.

4:54 PM 

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