I hear it time and time again... second year quarterbacks are plagued by the sophomore slump. By this statement, despite the significant off-season acquisitions the Lions have made, they will struggle on offense because of Matthew Stafford. Bu how true is Sophomore Slump? Let's throw out a few numbers...
2008 PY-2971 TD-14 Int-12 Fumb-2
2009 PY-3613 TD-21 Int-12 Fumb-2
2008 PY-3440 TD-16 Int-11 Fumb-1
2009 PY-2916 TD-22 Int-14 Fumb-2
Remember also the Ravens and Falcons had significant 2009 improvements in their run game, which can help cushion the PY numbers.
Now I know what you are thinking. There is significant evidence that supports the Sphomore Slump.
JaMarcus Russell didn't play much his rookie season, played decent in 2008, and sucked it huge last year. Where did it get him? Waved by the Raiders (HA the raiders, that sucks), and a reputation of being a joe blow slack who had no heart.
Vince Young came out strong in 2007 then busted HUGE in 2008. He cracked under the pressure and even had a suicide watch called out by his own mother. THAT SUCKS! But he rebounded again last year to help the Titians turn around their possibly doomed season.
I say right now we're 50/50, but what makes the difference. Stafford is surrounded by talent, and not just your joe blow 3rd string "yeah he can help the team" talent. We're talking about playmakers. Calvin, Javid, Pettigrew, Nate B., Tony Scheffler, and if you ask me I think Kevin Smith is gonna rebound and show everyone he's ready to compete.
Is their a Sophomore Slump? Maybe, but with all the weapons Matthew Stafford has around him, his Sophomore Slump can turn out to be a pretty damn good season!
Raw Raw Raw GOOOOOOO LIONS!