Detroit Lions running back Justin Forsett played only three games with the Indianapolis Colts in 2008 and has spent only two games with the Detroit Lions this season. But it must not take a large sample size for Forsett to make a lofty comparison between the two quarterbacks he played with those years.
Forsett told NFL Network’s James Walker that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reminds him of Peyton Manning in regards to how in charge he is of the entire offense.
Manning is regarded as the sheriff by many and perhaps Stafford has that same sort of characteristic. He certainly has plenty of autonomy in Jim Bob Cooter’s offense and has thrived this season, throwing for 1,914 yards, 15 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. He’s even being hailed as an MVP candidate at the midway point of the season.
Clearly it hasn’t taken long for Forsett to be impressed. He’s been on board for a pair of victories as the streaking Lions have rattled off three in a row to pull to 4-3.
If Stafford continues to show his command of the system, he could lead Detroit back to the postseason. He’ll just have to settle for a comparison to arguably the NFL’s best quarterback for now though.