Matthew Stafford Can Still Be a Super Bowl Quarterback

By John Raffel
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Plenty of debate remains on if the Detroit Lions should take a serious look at replacing quarterback Matthew Stafford, thanks to a major drop in production this season.

Detroit went from 10-7 to 4-12. In fact, after a 5-0 start in 2011, the Lions have gone 9-18 since then.

Stafford has to take some of the blame. He didn’t get the Lions in the end zone when he could have and too many turnovers on his part hurt the team.

But Stafford may not even rank in the top five of the Lions’ problems. He can’t continue going for long with a rotten running game. It’s a broken record but the Lions have to keep working on a better ground game and they have to give Stafford a decent supporting cast.

Detroit hasn’t had a Pro Bowl quarterback since the early 1970s with Greg Landry, but Landry never took the team to a playoff win and he really wasn’t much better of a quarterback. The QB is more of a high profile NFL position today than it was 40 years ago.

“Yeah, there were a couple of times where we had some chances and had some opportunities and just didn’t get it done,” Stafford admitted after a late-season game.

He admitted that after many games.

If the Detroit coaching staff can improve the defense and also give Stafford a couple of more weapons, then the Lions could go from 4-12 to something over .500. Several losses could have been wins. Is Stafford less of a quarterback than the starters in the Super Bowl? Arguably not.

The Lions definitely don’t have a defense like the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers. That should be the first priority, not Matthew Stafford

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