It’s the differences that make our country great, be it in real life or fake football. With that in mind, let’s put Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski into the ring and see who wins the quarterback cage match: Matthew Stafford vs. Matt Ryan. Who’s your Tier 2 quarterback target?
Funston to Open: Last season, Matt Stafford threw the ball 727 times. No QB in the history of the NFL has ever chucked it more in a season. Unfortunately, only 20 of those Stafford tosses found their way into the end zone. Considering that he threw 41 TD passes (in fewer attempts) the previous season, and has the most uncoverable receiver in the league (Calvin Johnson) at his disposal, netting just 20 TD passes in ’12 was an extreme stroke of bad luck.
With head coach Jim Schwartz still in the fold, you can count on Stafford airing it out once again. The Lions have ranked in the top six in pass attempts in each of Schwartz’s four seasons with the team, including ranking first each of the past two seasons. The addition of, arguably, the league’s top receiving running back, Reggie Bush, this offseason only furthers the team’s commitment to the pass – OC Scott Linehan has stated that Bush’s role will be “substantial.”