Originally written on The Majors Detroit  |  Last updated 8/25/13

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions looks on prior to the start of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The 2013 season is it for Stafford, he’s had time to learn the NFL, he has gotten paid, he’s had players put around him and now it’s his turn to make someone better. 2013 will be Stafford’s 5th season in the NFL and with the Lions he’s seen the peaks and valleys to say the least, making a throw with a separated shoulder in a game against the Cleveland Browns that made Detroit fans fall in love with him and a huge 2011 campaign that saw a return to the playoffs for a starved fan base. In 2012 we were all so ready to say bye to this same old Lions only to have hearts broken, dreams crushed and the same old Lions mentality dusted off. And a return to that mentality fell on the shoulders on Mr. Stafford. His touchdowns were cut in half and the offense seemed to stall in the first half with a lot of empty yardage coming late. Now perhaps some of the criticism isn’t warranted but the bottom line is Stafford is the face of the franchise and the offense starts with him. He is the leader. ...
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