Saving Stafford: Start Him or Sit Him?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 contributor Mike Mady shared this premium article with subscribers, pointing out (and using examples along the way) that regardless of how the Lions utilize Matthew Stafford in 2009, it shouldn't detract from his long-term success -- or failure -- in Detroit.

Writes Mady:

"The question is, will Stafford learn more from watching Culpepper play or by getting advice from the veteran while taking the snaps himself? "Looking at the last 10 Super Bowl winning quarterbacks shows that both approaches can work. Five of 10 played significantly during their rookie seasons while the other five started only two games between them. Of the five who played large roles as a rookie, only Ben Roethlisberger had a winning record."

Mike breaks it all down here. (Free 7-day access to