There was much to like about Matthew Stafford's work in Detroit this season, unless your name is Marshall Faulk.
Stafford bounced back from offseason shoulder surgery to guide the Lions to their first playoff appearance since 1999. Along the way, he threw for 41 touchdowns and 5,038 yards, just the fourth player in league history to cross the 5,000-yard barrier (along with Drew Brees -- twice -- Tom Brady and Dan Marino).
Faulk was criticized for his comments, but to categorize this as a trashing of Stafford is unfair. NFL offenses are transforming before our eyes, and it appears the high-octane passing game is here to stay.
In the context of history, Stafford's achievements stand out. Faulk, if anything, points to a turning point -- perhaps a tipping point -- in which the 5,000-yard season no longer looms as that near-impossible milestone, but a typical destination for top-tier passers.