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Former Lions Quarterback Scott Mitchell Upset At Portrayal In New Barry Sanders Documentary


The documentary “Bye Bye Barry,” which delves into the legendary career of Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, was made available on Amazon on Tuesday. It covers the former NFL star’s ten seasons with the team before he retired. Lions supporters will undoubtedly love the movie, but one former player isn’t quite a fan of the production.

Scott Mitchell, a former quarterback for the Lions, is not happy with his portrayal and believes he shouldn’t have been singled out for the team’s failure to win the Super Bowl during the Sanders years.

“I am so tired of hearing how I was the reason that Barry Sanders never won a Super Bowl,” Mitchell wrote on Facebook, via the Detroit News. “I’m so tired of hearing how I was not a good QB. My only response is F–K YOU ALL!!!!! That includes Eminem [and] Jeff Daniels.”

It’s obvious he didn’t hold back.

Mitchell was a member of the Lions between 1994 and 1998. Sanders played for the Lions between 1989 and 1998. Mitchell was a 27–30 player with a 56.7 completion percentage, 12,647 yards, 79 touchdowns, and 57 interceptions in his Lions career.

Many, including former Lions head coach Wayne Fontes, claimed in the documentary that Sanders could have won the team a championship if the quarterbacks hadn’t held him back. According to Fontes, things would have turned out differently if the team had been able to sign a few elite quarterbacks towards the end of their careers.

Mitchell found this to be quite upsetting.

“I can’t even began [sic] to tell you what a disappointment it is to [hear] my own coach, Wayne Fontes, who went out in free agency and actively [pursued] me to the point of begging me to come to Detroit, say that he wanted Joe Montana or Warren Moon, and that the only thing that was missing from the team winning the Super Bowl was a quarterback,” Mitchell said in his post. “A little support from the coach might have gone a long way. Wayne never had my back!”

Mitchell even went so far as to suggest that Sanders should be among the players held accountable for the Lions’ failure to win the championship.

“Bottom line, Barry Sanders had everything in Detroit,” Mitchell wrote. “Everyone loved him. Everything was built for Barry to succeed. In his 10-year career he won one playoff game and the only reason he didn’t win more was everyone else was the problem? How many yards did Barry have in the playoffs in ’94, ’95, ’97? I’ll give you a hint not very many. We all are to blame for not winning a [Super Bowl] in Detroit even Barry Sanders.”

Mitchell was 0–2 with a 42.6 completion percentage, one touchdown, and five interceptions in his two playoff games with the Lions. According to Pro Football Reference, he had a 23.1 quarterback rating in those contests.

During his career, Sanders played in six postseason games and once scored more than 100 yards (169) in a 1993 wild card loss to the Packers. Throughout his career, the Hall of Famer gained 15,269 yards from 3,062 carries and 2,921 yards and 109 touchdowns from 352 receptions. In addition to winning ten Pro Bowls, he was a six-time first-team All-Pro.

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