Donovan McNabb: Matthew Stafford has done nothing for the Detroit Lions
Donovan McNabb seems to become more opinionated by the day now that he has retired. The latest target of his criticism is Matthew Stafford, who signed a three-year extension with the Detroit Lions this week that will pay him $43 million in guaranteed money. To the surprise of no one, McNabb doesn’t think Stafford deserves it.
“When you look at just the numbers overall, you have to think about 12,000 yards and being the youngest quarterback to reach this feat and also the things he’s been able to accomplish, you know you begin to question this.” McNabb said on NFL Total Access Tuesday night, via MLive.com. “It’s about wins and losses again.
“Now, as a quarterback and as Matt Stafford, hey, I would take that contract just like Tony Romo took his contract. But is he worth top-5 money? I would have to say no. And I say that because it’s about wins and losses. What has he really done for the Detroit Lions? Nothing.”
You’ll notice McNabb mentioned Romo, which makes sense. The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback also thought the contract Romo received from the Dallas Cowboys this offseason was insane.
“(Stafford’s) footwork late in the games begins to drift a little bit, tries to throw the sidearm, be a gunslinger and that gets him into trouble,” McNabb said. “Turnovers (are a) critical part of the game. And that’s what affects the Detroit Lions from being one of the upper echelon (teams) on the offensive end is because of the turnovers and the lack of discipline when it comes to the drop-back game.”
Obviously, it was worth the risk for Detroit. Drafting a quarterback is incredibly difficult and the quarterbacks around the league who have established themselves as elite rarely hit free agency. Do I agree with McNabb that Stafford is overpaid? For the most part, but he’s still young. For someone who whines about how much criticism they took during their NFL career, McNabb is doing a fantastic job of dishing it out.
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