Jim Schwartz isn't the only one absorbing heat after the Detroit Lions' latest late-season meltdown.
Matthew Stafford's pedigree as a rising quarterback also has taken a hit as he completes a second consecutive underwhelming season as the Lions' starter.
At this point -- five seasons, one playoff appearance and 24-36 in 60 career starts -- it's safe to call Stafford a draft bust, according to CBS Sports writer Gregg Doyel.
Yep, that's right. A bust. Maybe not in the same category as Jamarcus Russell, but still a bust.
"If you're a No. 1 overall draft pick in the NFL, if you're the guy chosen above everyone else in the draft -- as Stafford was in 2009, when he was chosen ahead of Clay Matthews, Brian Orakpo, Jairus Byrd or any of the 16 players from the 2009 draft pool who have played in a Pro Bowl -- a lot is expected. And Matthew Stafford hasn't delivered," Doyel argues.
"For one thing, he hasn't delivered for his team. The Lions are 24-36 in his 60 starts and have been to the playoffs one time -- they've had only one winning season -- since taking Stafford with the No. 1 pick in 2009. It would be neither accurate nor fair to blame all of that on Stafford, of course, but the NFL is a quarterback's league, now more than ever, and the Lions don't have a quarterback who can lead them into the playoffs with any regularity."
Stafford's career numbers include a 59.4 completion percentage with 17,240 yards, 108 touchdowns, 73 interceptions and an 83.0 career quarterback rating.
However, Doyel says only 2011 stands out as a solid season for Stafford, who threw for 5,038 yards, 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions en route to a 10-6 team record and the franchise's first postseason appearance since 1999. That was Stafford's first full season after starting just 13 games combined in his first two seasons, 2009 and 2010.
"Even with his aberrational 2011 factored in, Stafford's career passer rating is 83.0," Doyel writes. "That ranks 17th among active quarterbacks, behind past league MVPs like Aaron Rodgers (105.2), Peyton Manning (97.0) and Tom Brady (95.8); and behind Super Bowl-winning QBs like Drew Brees (95.0), Ben Roethlisberger (92.8) and Joe Flacco (84.3); behind a fellow former No. 1 overall draft pick like Cam Newton (86.5), a second-rounder like Andy Dalton (86.4), a third-rounder like Matt Schaub (90.1) and a fourth-rounder like David Garrard (85.8). Behind even an undrafted free agent like Tony Romo (95.8). And Shaun Hill (85.8).
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