The Detroit Lions finished the 2016 regular season with a 9-7 record and qualified for the NFL Playoffs. According to Pro Football Focus, the Lions accomplished what they did with only one player ranked in the top 101 NFL players of 2016.
That’s right, only Matthew Stafford made the list and he comes in at No. 99. Here is what PFF had to say about the Lions signal-caller.
99. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (unranked)
Matthew Stafford’s revival began last season with the coaching change that saw Jim Bob Cooter put his mark on the team. That turnaround continued into the 2016 season, which was one of Stafford’s finest, outside of a couple of ugly performances. Only games against Houston, Dallas and the second Packers game late in the year dragged Stafford down this list and prevented 2016 from being the single-best season of his career.
Best performance:Week 1 vs. Colts, 84.3 grade
Key stat:Including the playoffs, Stafford suffered from 39 dropped passes, the most of any QB in the league.
What do you think, Nation? Is Pro Football Focus correct by saying the Lions only have one player in the top 101 in the NFL? If so, does that mean we should be giving Jim Caldwell more credit for doing what he did with the Lions in 2016?