Matthew Stafford’s Growth Depends on Strong Veteran Backup

Posted: 23rd December 2009 by Greg Eno in NFL
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Not to bring up the dead during this holiday season, but when Joey Harrington was in Detroit struggling to become an NFL quarterback, the Lions organization didnÆt do a lick to help him. By his second season, the Lions tried to plug Harrington into Steve MariucciÆs pattycake West Coast offense, with garish results. Square peg, meet round hole. But the most egregious thing the Lions did during HarringtonÆs formative years was something they didnÆt do. They never provided him with an honest-to-goodness, veteran NFL quarterback to help him along. It wasnÆt about the competition. Joey was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2002 draft. There should have been no illusions about whether he was the quarterback of the futureùback then. But all the Lions gave Harrington was a kid from Rutgers, Mike ...

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