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Stafford's stellar season did not go unnoticed by likely Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner

Posted Feb 1, 2012

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford just finished one of the all-time great seasons by a quarterback, but it went somewhat unnoticed nationally because of the seasons put together by quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (Packers) and Drew Brees (Saints).

But it didn't go unnoticed by former two-time MVP and likely Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who knows a thing or two about playing the position.

Like anyone who sees the statistics, Warner couldn't help but be impressed with Stafford's season, but he also thinks Stafford is just scratching the surface of his potential and there's plenty of room for improvement.

That should excite Lions fans.

"I don't think that was the best of Matthew Stafford," Warner said. "I still see a guy that has some inconsistencies in his accuracy, in his footwork; he's falling back sometimes, and when those things get ironed out, and when he gets more comfortable and confident in what he can do, my gosh."

Warner says the sky is the limit for Stafford.

"I think we saw this year his potential," he said. "Everybody knew he was talented; it was just, can he stay healthy for 16 games? If he can, let's see what he can do. Well, he can throw for 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.

"Along with the weapons he has, I don't know what the limit for him is. That was a great year, a great year under the radar because of everyone else. That's an MVP year in most seasons and he's 23 years old. If he can continue that, and improve in some of those other areas, he's going to be really, really impressive."

Stafford is up for the Associated Press' Comeback Player of the Year Award to be announced Saturday night.

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