Lions: Backup QB plan

June, 5, 2012
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Assessing the Detroit Lions' backup QB situation if Matthew Stafford is injured and misses time.

Shaun Hill is one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL and Detroit obviously is very aware of Stafford’s injury history. Even though Stafford just completed the first 16-game season of his career, having a strong backup quarterback is imperative for this up-and-coming organization, and it does. Hill is nowhere near as physically gifted as Stafford, but his teammates respond to him and he consistently moves the offense. In Hill’s 26 starts, his team has won half of those games. He doesn’t possess a big arm, but he's aggressive and will not hesitate to go downfield, especially with the Lions’ receiving corps. Detroit’s fantastic passing attack would remain formidable with Hill behind center, but surely the Lions would increase the percentage in which they run the football.

Confidence rating (out of 100) if Stafford is out for an extended period: 70.

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