Greg Landry has no qualms about
Landry is second in franchise history with 80 career touchdown passes. Stafford also has 80 and will break the tie with his first TD pass this season. That no doubt will happen in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
The time frame required by the two quarterbacks to reach the 80-TD mark is vastly different. It was a marathon for Landry. It took 11 seasons with the Lions -- from his rookie year in 1968 until 1978 -- for Landry to throw 80 TD passes. Stafford has done it in his first four seasons.
A combination of rules changes, offensive systems shifting from running to passing and opportunity have put Stafford on a fast track to set the record.
"Records are made to be broken, but today's football game has really evolved from a running game to a passing game," Landry said in a visit to training camp Tuesday.
Stafford needs 39 TD passes to surpass the franchise record of 118, held by Bobby Layne. Layne also has the record for career passing yards, 15,710. Stafford has 12,807 and is likely to pass Layne around mid-season.
Landry was joined at camp by Mel Farr, a fine running back for the Lions and a teammate of Landry's on the 1970 team that had a 10-4 record and made the playoffs as a wild card team.
Both were first-round draft picks. The Lions took Farr out of UCLA in 1967 and Landry out of Massachusetts the next year. Farr played in the Pro Bowl in the 1967 and 1970 seasons. His career was cut short by injuries.
Farr rushed for a career-high 860 yards in 1967, fifth-most in the league, in a 14-game season. He retired after the 1973 season.
Landry and Farr have made their homes in Metro Detroit since retiring from football.
Landry and Farr both have watchful eyes on current Lions who play their position. Farr expects a productive season from
"I've seen him in college at Southern Cal," Farr said of Bush. "He's a big-time back. His work ethic is good. He'll pass that on to the younger backs.
"It's good to have somebody like Reggie, especially in this offense. He can catch the ball. We haven't had a back like him since Barry Sanders."
Landry played 15 NFL seasons over 17 years. He was traded to the then-Baltimore Colts in 1979. He retired from football after three seasons in Baltimore. The Bears had a quarterback crisis in 1987 because of injuries and signed Landry out of retirement.
Landry started one game – ironically a victory over the Lions at the old Pontiac Silverdome. He threw a TD pass in that game and retired for good after the season.
Landry has one distinction that may never be matched. He made the Pro Bowl in the 1971 season. No quarterback has made the Pro Bowl as a Lion since then.
The NFL has tweaked the game in recent seasons to make the product more attractive, but it's possible the game will be done away with in the future.
Landry thought Stafford had a chance to go to the Pro Bowl when he threw 41 TD passes in 2011. He called him when he learned that Stafford was an alternate.
"I told him I hope somebody (couldn't play) so he could get a chance to play in the Pro Bowl," Landry said.
Stafford told him he was the fifth alternate and had no chance of moving up that far to play in the game.
Landry likes what he has seen in Stafford.
"The people of Detroit have a chance to look at a quarterback who can really throw the football well," Landry said.
"He has a good touch on the ball. He can throw the ball on the run because he can move. He has velocity when he needs it and a good touch when he needs it."