Thursday, November 10, 2011

National respect for Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh and Detroit Lions dropping

ESPN came out with its mid-season rankings of NFL players and it wasn't flattering about the Lions, and in particular, Ndamukong Suh and Matthew Stafford.
Suh did make the Top 50 list - at No.50. But if there is a notion he is considered the best defensive tackle in the NFL, ESPN doesn't think so. Baltimore's Haloti Ngata (No.6) and San Francisco's Justin Smith (No.10) are both in the Top 10, and New England's Vince Woolfolk is 28th.
The only other Lion in the Top 50 is Calvin Johnson. He is 13th, which seems fair. What doesn't seem right is that Stafford isn't mentioned anywhere. In the Top 50. In the list of up and coming players, in the list of players who just missed making the Top 50. Stafford has 19 touchdown passes and just four interceptions. He is the fourth-ranked passer in the league behind Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Drew Brees. And he has done so with a limited running attack and a mediocre offensive line.
Just my opinion, but if Suh and Stafford were playing in New York, they'd be in the Top 25 on this list.
They do mention defensive end Cliff Avril at the very bottom of the up and coming players, but not Stafford. Unreal.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a week ago this blog said it was too early in Stafford's career to call him even the 10th best QB in the league. Now less then a week later, with no game performance between that post and this it's unbelieve that he's not in the Top 50 of ALL players offensive and defensive?

Sports Illustrated recently rated Matthew Stafford as the 10th-best quarterback in the NFL. To me, it's a moot point at this stage of Stafford's career to rank him anywhere.
He just hasn't played long enough to get a line on exactly how good he actually is.

12:19 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's typical, I wouldn't be too concerned. If Lions beat Chicago then they are front page news, if they lose it will be same old Lions. They do need a home win.

3:12 PM 
Anonymous DCH said...

No respect for Lions is not new, I wouldn't be too concerned.

3:14 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Like my dad said, don't worry about the attention. Go out and perform and the attention will follow. If it doesn't, get focused and perform better. It will come eventually.

The big markets can get lost. Let's make the playoffs and go on from there. Then the snoots will notice.

The trophies come after the season is over and, by the way, they are made out of plastic, or if even silver, sit in your case or basement. Very few see or remember them. Unless extremely extraordinary.

6:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a waste of time . who cares what ppl think of these guys. They play Football. they are not running for president. come on Pat you could really,really do a better job... I think , I hope , I wonder.

9:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Pat who cares ?

9:06 PM 
Blogger Steve Ray said...

I agree with your comments, Pat. Well said. I think we all want Suh to be in the top 10, but it won't happen this season.

5:20 PM 

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