Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett made critical comments of his own quarterback, Matthew Stafford, and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
“Stafford, good guy,” Follett told ESPN Radio in Fresno, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “He’s a china doll right now. Anytime he gets hit, he goes down. But the kid is — hopefully, it’s just patiently waiting for him, because the kid is an awesome talent. He has a tremendous arm. The throws that he makes during practice when no one can touch him, he looks like an All-American quarterback, but put him in a game, and you hit his shoulder.
“So hopefully, say a couple prayers, keep him healthy next year, and the Lions can do some damage in the NFC.”
A 2009 seventh-round pick out of Cal, Follett spent the first month of his rookie season on the Lions’ practice squad before totaling 10 tackles in 12 games.
Follett started two of five games in 2010 before being placed on injured reserve with a neck injury in October.
“I think, looking at Jay Cutler, if he wasn’t the man who he is, he wouldn’t be criticized so heavily,” Follett said. “If you look at it, it is an actual injury, Grade 2 sprain. But you want to see your quarterback in the NFC championship game show the guts, show the heart and go out there and say, ‘I’m going to do this for the team and try and get a win.’ But he kind of just knew that they were going to lose, hung his hat up and said, ‘All right, maybe next season.’ That’s his character, that’s him. I’m not going to attack him, but I would handle it different.”