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Lions circling the wagons around Matthew Stafford

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Not that they have much of an option, but the Lions say they have nothing but confidence in quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Stafford’s three interceptions in last night’s loss gave him nine in the last four games, and the Lions have lost three during that span.

“I like the character of our team, I like the toughness of our team, and I like our quarterback,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Our quarterback will bounce back. He’s going to play great over these next two games.”

He needs to start soon.

Stafford’s not the only one struggling, but his turnovers are glaring. But even Calvin Johnson had some drops last night, and he tried to deflect blame from Stafford as well.

“A lot of those balls, a lot of those interceptions are the receivers’ fault, or like I said they get tipped balls, stuff like that,” Johnson said. “Matt’s doing good, man. Like I said, it’s on us. It’s a team effort. Like I said, I could have had some more plays today that could have changed the outcome of the game, so we can’t just put it on Matt.”

Given the financial investment in Stafford, they don’t have much of a choice for the moment. The reality is, he’s their guy for the coming years, and they just have to help him through the process, even if that means pumping him up when he’s the reason things are going poorly.

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  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:28 AM

    I think it’s great the way the top NFC North teams are all valiantly battling to the final weeks of the season for a glorious playoff berth. The Lions, Bears and Packers are each a credit to the proud history of the Black and Blue Division. and to the NFL community.

    And then there are the Vikings.

  2. wrm1230 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:29 AM

    Please, please, PLEASE….Lions….keep Stafford around, and if you like, pay him even more. He’s one of many QB’s in the NFL that is good enough to get paid by a foolish front office yet so inaccurate with the football that his team will NEVER win games.

    Sincerely,

    The rest of the NFC North

  3. bucsfan21 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:29 AM

    The Lions are not a mentally tough team. That’s on the head coach. Schwartz reminds me of the “look at me,” insecure type. His team plays like that. I don’t see Schwartz taking these guys to the next level.

  4. conner87 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:31 AM

    Every player goes through a couple of rough stretches in their careers, I believe this is one of Matts. Hes an above average QB. Keep your head up, Matt. Go Lions!

  5. lionsfan41582 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:32 AM

    I love the lions and will always be a fan, but this game was ours to win and the offense let them win. not running on 3 and 1. bad throws Matt its ok to throw to other recievers. i know Megatron is a beast but a couple times last night you had recievers wide open, not a def player around and you tried to go to cj with smith all over him. our def played their great. and we couldn’t win that game. Same old Lions. maybe one day i’ll learn not to get my hopes up.

  6. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Dec 17, 2013 9:33 AM

    While I agree that the Lions will stand behind Stafford for multiple seasons to come, using Schwartz to iterate this is not an effective reporting technique, as he (Schwartz) will undoubtedly be fired at seasons end.

  7. polarbear71 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:33 AM

    Detroit’s Tony Romo !

  8. skimbell says: Dec 17, 2013 9:36 AM

    “Bounce back”?
    Stafford needs to bounce somewhere first.
    Dude’s been an interception machine since he’s been in the league.

  9. mortalkondek says: Dec 17, 2013 9:36 AM

    I have little problem with Matthew Stafford. He needs to get better. He needs to realize he is not where he needs to be. And he needs a new coach to get him there.

  10. richiebburg says: Dec 17, 2013 9:38 AM

    His royal meganess looked more like the little transformer that Megan Fox trapped in the box last night

  11. Stupid Lions Fan says: Dec 17, 2013 9:44 AM

    Stafford is only PART of the reason things are going poorly, don’t be lazy. The Lions lead the league in DROPPED PASSES. Lead the league. What if that we’re different? Do you think the drops last night would have changed the course of the game? The 1st CJ drop (perfect pass) last night probably puts us up 10 or 14-0… he may even score as there was 1 guy to beat in space.

  12. Florioisadouche says: Dec 17, 2013 9:45 AM

    “I like the character of our team”

    So says Jim Swartz, the guy who will not be able to call the Lions ‘his team’ in a couple of weeks. Been saying it since they slipped to 10-6 after starting 6-0 2 years ago- this guy is no good. Can him.

    P.S. If Cleveland is the factory of sadness, does that make Detroit the Depression Plant? Applicable to both the team and the local economy and culture.

  13. scottmbolt says: Dec 17, 2013 9:47 AM

    All I hear from Jim Schwartz is “blah blah blah”. Stafford isn’t looking good. He looks NERVOUS in the pocket, and has been making horrible decisions. I’m also so sick of seeing him throw those lousy side-arm throws. This 100-million dollar man is looking more like $1000. Could you imagine if Detroit had an elite QB? With those targets and that defense?

  14. ccjcsr says: Dec 17, 2013 9:49 AM

    Overrated~

  15. huthuthaiku says: Dec 17, 2013 9:51 AM

    09 QB Class
    Is a collection of busts
    Worst QB draft ever

  16. 63deuceman says: Dec 17, 2013 9:52 AM

    Who’s to know how differently that game goes if Detroit converts that 3rd and 15 in the first quarter (the outright drop).

    Stafford seemed to get more and more jittery as the game went on. His confidence seemed to shake too easily.

  17. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 17, 2013 9:53 AM

    If the officials had made the appropriate PI call on the Ravens in the end zone then he never would have been trying to march down the field in 38 seconds.

  18. jrmbadger says: Dec 17, 2013 9:56 AM

    I don’t know what to think about Stafford. He throws WAY too many picks – that’s for sure, but he does have a cannon for an arm.

    But on the other hand, how much of his success is because of Calvin Johnson?

  19. 407magic says: Dec 17, 2013 9:57 AM

    Stafford = Romo

  20. radsputin says: Dec 17, 2013 9:59 AM

    Nothing rejuvenates a troubled team like playing the Lions. I love and hate this team so bad!

  21. mattsydney47 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:00 AM

    What Calvin Johnson meant to say:
    “Matt’s doing well, man.”

  22. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Dec 17, 2013 10:01 AM

    Every coach in the league whose QB isn’t Brees, Brady, P. Manning, Rodgers, or Wilson would take Matt Stafford in a heart beat.

  23. polegojim says: Dec 17, 2013 10:02 AM

    so…. the receivers are too fast for Staffords decision making??? yep their fault!

    even the tip was a late throw.

    Stafford earned all 3 int’s… and threw away the game in the end in ‘better than Romo’ fashion!

  24. glennsyank13 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:04 AM

    All the guy does is throw it up in the air to Johnson anyways. And when the defense all is sucked to him, Stafford has everyone else open. And even then, he struggles hitting those wide open guys. You’re telling me it takes talent to throw to Calvin Johnson when there are three guys climbing all over him? Sorry Matt, Calvin can make anyone look good.

  25. theoriginalbvan says: Dec 17, 2013 10:11 AM

    More like circling the drain.

  26. norseyapper says: Dec 17, 2013 10:13 AM

    Funny that we don’t hear more Romo like criticism regarding Stafford. There seem to be many parallels between the two. Other than one being the first overall pick and the other being a freebie.

  27. ocdn says: Dec 17, 2013 10:15 AM

    Why is it everytime these athletes get big contracts they disappoint to no end, I.E. Matty Stafford?

  28. obsession55 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:20 AM

    Hes awful. And hes getting paid a ton of money. Poor Lions…

  29. skittlesareyum says: Dec 17, 2013 10:23 AM

    They get tipped balls because so many throws are low and off-target thanks to that side arm throw he loves to bust out every drive. When he throws normally he’s quite a dangerous QB, so why the coaching staff allows him to side arm is beyond me.

  30. filmex2000 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:23 AM

    Jon Gruden noted that Stafford has a $93 million guaranteed contract?

    Every time I see him, he makes Romo look like Joe Montana. No wonder guys want to get to the Bigs, in any sport. Mediocrity will make you a multi-millionaire.

    If this comment missed the mark, it’s because I winged it side-armed.

  31. footballgod87 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:25 AM

    Matt Stafford=poor mans Tony Romo without the the media scrutiny

  32. siggtacular says: Dec 17, 2013 10:25 AM

    Megatron had three bad drops. Terrible effort

  33. footballgod87 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:26 AM

    Matt Stafford=poor mans Tony Romo without the media scrutiny

  34. andreweac says: Dec 17, 2013 10:27 AM

    Tony Romo of the North — Game of Thrones style.

  35. hornyak2012 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:31 AM

    Two words come to mind when talking about Stafford…. servicable backup!

  36. katientony says: Dec 17, 2013 10:31 AM

    Dez Bryant: Please read Megatron’s comments above and learn how to answer media questions without being a giant baby. This is how the best reciever in the NFL conducts himself both in game and during post game interviews.

    You cant be the best if you are a giant baby.

  37. iamlamp1 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:47 AM

    Lets all remember, Stafford is still only 25 years old and has already passed for over 4K yards the past 3 seasons including 5K two years ago at 23. I don’t think they will be giving up on him any time soon.

  38. wrm1230 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:52 AM

    Some of the comments above prove my original comment. Stafford is fool’s gold….a tease. Likely to have a few good games that makes the short-sighted group believe he’s a franchise QB.

    The reality is that he isn’t and never has been. Not at Georgia, not in Detroit….not at all.

    And to open another can of worms, Matt Elam was more correct than he wasn’t. Calvin Johnson is showing signs of slowing down and got the crap beat out of him last night. Sore knees, slowing down….this isn’t going to end well in Detroit and the end is much, much sooner than people want to believe.

  39. mrlaloosh says: Dec 17, 2013 10:54 AM

    Time to throw Schwartz out. “May the Schwartz NOT be with you!”

  40. purpleguy says: Dec 17, 2013 10:59 AM

    Seems as much of a coaching issue as anything, with the Lions consistently hurting themselves with mental errors, penalties and turnovers. I suspect Gym Shorts’s coaching seat is pretty dang hot.

  41. beedubyatoo says: Dec 17, 2013 10:59 AM

    bucsfan21 says:
    Dec 17, 2013 9:29 AM

    The Lions are not a mentally tough team. That’s on the head coach. Schwartz reminds me of the “look at me,” insecure type. His team plays like that. I don’t see Schwartz taking these guys to the next level.
    ————————
    Unless that level is below the Vikings in the NFC North.

  42. whatjusthapped says: Dec 17, 2013 11:03 AM

    Stafford is far from the worst QB in the NFC North, the Vikings have 3 QB’s that are easily worse than Stafford.

  43. cfeeley52 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:03 AM

    atleastimnotaraidersfan says:
    Dec 17, 2013 10:01 AM
    Every coach in the league whose QB isn’t Brees, Brady, P. Manning, Rodgers, or Wilson would take Matt Stafford in a heart beat.
    ————————————-
    I’ll stick with last night’s winning quarterback, thanks…

  44. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 11:07 AM

    THEN COACH HIM UP AND DEVELOP HIM!

    Stafford has shown very little to no progress of playing like a GOOD QB. I’m really sick and tired of Lions players and coaches defending him. HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE DEFENDED!

  45. Stupid Lions Fan says: Dec 17, 2013 11:14 AM

    If he misses the 61 yard field goal we’re talking about Stafford’s 5th game winning TD drive to end the game. Over-reaction Tuesday in full effect.

  46. nou04 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:16 AM

    And for all the Romo haters out there, he is tied in the league for FEWEST Int’s.

  47. mutantman87 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:17 AM

    I have a theory now: there is a contagious disease spreading through the 2009 class of QBs. Let’s call it Sanchez Disease. Josh Freeman caught the bug late last season, and as of late, it appears Stafford may have been infected. Sadly, these 3 are by far the best of that class. The rest? Pat White, Stephen McGee, Rhett Bomar, Mike Teel, Keith Null, Tom Brandstater, and the one and only Curtis Painter, who somehow is still on an NFL roster.

  48. Florioisadouche says: Dec 17, 2013 11:20 AM

    norseyapper says:
    Dec 17, 2013 10:13 AM
    Funny that we don’t hear more Romo like criticism regarding Stafford. There seem to be many parallels between the two. Other than one being the first overall pick and the other being a freebie.
    …………………….
    This actually is a pretty simple explanation

    For starters, he has Megatron. Granted Romo has Dez, but Dez is no megatron. Stick Stafford without Megatron and he’s nothing.

    Romo also plays in Dallas, Stafford plays in Detroit. Dallas: 26 playoff appearances since the merger, 5 superbowls. Detroit: 9 playoff appearances since the merger, only 1 win, not even an appearance in the superbowl.

    While I certainly dont agree with the level of attention Dallas gets, it’s also not much of a mystery as to why Detroit gets a fraction of the attention Dallas does in the media. That said, less attention usually means less criticism and scrutiny- which is definitely not a bad thing for Stafford.

  49. easyeddie says: Dec 17, 2013 11:20 AM

    skimbell says:
    Dec 17, 2013 9:36 AM
    ……….Dude’s been an interception machine since he’s been in the league.

    89/52TD-INT ratio last three years is NOT being an interception machine.

  50. steelerben says: Dec 17, 2013 11:23 AM

    There is nothing wrong with Stafford that a decent QB coach couldn’t fix. He’s got a huge arm, solid pocket presence, decent leadership skills and is tough as nails.

    Where he goes wrong is when the pocket breaks down and he starts winging it sidearm or not setting his feet. A decent QB coach should be able to coach that tendency to move away from fundamentals in pressure situations right out of him. The only problem is that the longer he goes with the the bad habits being ignored, the harder it will be to break them.

    44 droped passes, including 9 from Megatron, certainly isn’t helping the stat line. more than half of their games are played in ideal conditions (8 home games and one in the Homer Dome) so weather isn’t an excuse. Mental errors are killing a very talented team, and that all comes down to the coaching staff.

  51. brutus9448 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:27 AM

    stafford and johnson were playing for their coaches job yesterday and they failed.

  52. britishteeth says: Dec 17, 2013 11:27 AM

    Jeff George

  53. lionsfan41582 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:32 AM

    I think shwartz messege is old like gunth. time for new blood. i was a big jim supporter but i just think he is letting his players play too loose. time to tighten up the reigns and get rid of scotty throw the ball.

  54. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 17, 2013 11:40 AM

    Agreed! Not running on 3rd and 1 or 3rd and 2 was typical Linehan. All the staff must go. Hire a HC who can rewire this kid’s head and an OC who has at least half a freaking brain.

  55. larryboodry says: Dec 17, 2013 11:41 AM

    atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Dec 17, 2013 10:01 AM

    “Every coach in the league whose QB isn’t Brees, Brady, P. Manning, Rodgers, or Wilson would take Matt Stafford in a heart beat.”

    Jay Cutler>Matthew Stafford

    That said, if Cutler signs elsewhere this off-season, I’d bet Trestman would – given the chance – be the only coach in the league able to harness Stafford’s potential.

  56. thewhitehorsegeneral says: Dec 17, 2013 11:46 AM

    I LOVE how all anyone can talk about who isn’t a Ravens fan is the huge contract that Joe Flacco has signed, 6 years $120million. In reality the contract is guaranteed (meaning this is what he really gets paid) 4 years for $52 million. The last couple of years are big option years and there are bonuses put in for those seasons as well to bring it up to the $120 million mark.

    Matthew Stafford who has not won a single playoff game at all got a 3 year contract extension for $53 million guaranteed.

    If both QB’s get everything in their contracts over the life of them Stafford will have earned on average $18mil/season for 5 years, and Flacco will get $20mil/ season for 6 years.

    Flacco has never missed a game, has made the playoffs every single season he’s played for the Ravens, and won a superbowl. What has Stafford done?

  57. mrtreyseven says: Dec 17, 2013 12:01 PM

    give him one more year…..trade him away with picks and take Jameis Winston 1st pick……im a Georgia fan but he always came up short in big games….especially when he got frustrated he just thew picks in college and it translated over

  58. 63deuceman says: Dec 17, 2013 12:10 PM

    Come to think of it, I’ve seen that defense make Peyton and Brady looked flustered and ineffective as well.

    At some point you gotta give props rather than lay blame.

  59. grumpyoleman says: Dec 17, 2013 12:31 PM

    He needs to get pulled everytime he throws sidearm. His technique is awful and is a big reason why they have so many drops and turnovers. He will never take them anywhere until someone works with him. At this point they might as well have Tebow.

  60. pleazenufalready says: Dec 17, 2013 12:45 PM

    whatjusthapped says: Dec 17, 2013 11:03 AM

    Stafford is far from the worst QB in the NFC North, the Vikings have 3 QB’s that are easily worse than Stafford.

    —————————————————-
    ….and with Flynn, Tolzien and Wallace, the Packers have three QB’s that are worse than anyone the Vikings have…..Stafford’s looking better all the time!

  61. realfootballfan says: Dec 17, 2013 12:51 PM

    Unfortunately, this might just be who he is. He similarly frustrated at Georgia despite having all the natural ability in the world and great players surrounding him there, too. I do think, much like Tony Romo, his next coach (because Schwartz is getting fired) would b wise to take some of the responsibility off of his plate, bringing it back to developing a better, more physical running game and fixing the back end of that defense.

  62. pack13queens0 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:24 PM

    Thank You Stafford for being the Ravens best player last night other than Justin Tucker. You wouldn’t have gone far in the Playoffs anyway, the Pack on the other hand will raise another Lombardi. Hey Lions fans, what’s it like living in a dump of a city that hasn’t won any Championships in over 50 years?

  63. TheDPR says: Dec 17, 2013 1:27 PM

    Stafford, Cutler, Romo. All pretty much the same guy.

    I don’t see any of them winning a Super Bowl without major mental overhauls.

  64. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 1:29 PM

    wisconsinhillfolk:

    That’s what I’ve been saying for years. Stafford is garbage and should be traded for anything we can get if we can’t figure out how to coach him properly. But to pay him lavishly with all these millions in the meantime, that’s just disgusting and offensive.

  65. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:42 PM

    Miller Lite Matt paying homage to Romo all night last night. Calvin looked like he was shaving points all game. Completely serious.

  66. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:05 PM

    thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 1:29 PM

    wisconsinhillfolk:

    That’s what I’ve been saying for years. Stafford is garbage and should be traded for anything we can get if we can’t figure out how to coach him properly. But to pay him lavishly with all these millions in the meantime, that’s just disgusting and offensive.
    ————–

    Good luck with that fully guaranteed contract. I think he plays recklessly like he did once again last night, knowing he is virtually untouchable (and thereby uncoachable). He’s GOT to stop those stupid throws, acting like he’s skipping rocks at the lake or something.

  67. hawkforlife says: Dec 17, 2013 2:08 PM

    “I like the character of our team, I like the toughness of our team, and I like our quarterback,”

    Can’t say his name. That quote sounds a lot like Jerry Jones speak. Scary.

  68. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: Dec 17, 2013 2:14 PM

    “like I said”
    c’mon man

  69. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:15 PM

    Is Stafford enrolled in the North American Stone Skipping Association?

  70. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    Mr. Wright 212:

    That’s easier said than done though. ANY QB can figure out that it’s not a good idea to make lousy throws. But knowing that and knowing how to fix that are completely different things. And there is no luck with the contract, I don’t think it’s remotely plausible that Stafford can ever earn his money, so to me it’s not a matter of luck, it’s a matter of strategy to be smart enough to avoid having a lousy QB leading your team.

    NO PLAYER in the HISTORY of this game has damaged the Detroit Lions more than Matthew Stafford. He has KILLED us way more than any other player even remotely has come close to!

    And that’s again not a matter of luck, our team is extremely stupid and ignorant as to what is going on, and they aren’t even capable of helping him so that we can at least find a way to get by with him not being so horrible. A good coach could really turn Stafford’s talent into at least a useful tool. But we can’t even do that right. And the money and the contract on top of failing at that? It’s just insane.

  71. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    lionsfan41582 says:
    Dec 17, 2013 11:32 AM
    I think shwartz messege is old like gunth. time for new blood. i was a big jim supporter but i just think he is letting his players play too loose. time to tighten up the reigns and get rid of scotty throw the ball.
    ________________________________

    It will be very interesting to see where Schwartz and Linehan fall if/when they get the axe.

    I’m not sure I see either working anywhere else at the NFL level to be honest. Same with Jason Garrett while we’re on the subject.

  72. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 17, 2013 3:03 PM

    thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    Mr. Wright 212:

    That’s easier said than done though. ANY QB can figure out that it’s not a good idea to make lousy throws. But knowing that and knowing how to fix that are completely different things. And there is no luck with the contract, I don’t think it’s remotely plausible that Stafford can ever earn his money, so to me it’s not a matter of luck, it’s a matter of strategy to be smart enough to avoid having a lousy QB leading your team.

    NO PLAYER in the HISTORY of this game has damaged the Detroit Lions more than Matthew Stafford. He has KILLED us way more than any other player even remotely has come close to!

    And that’s again not a matter of luck, our team is extremely stupid and ignorant as to what is going on, and they aren’t even capable of helping him so that we can at least find a way to get by with him not being so horrible. A good coach could really turn Stafford’s talent into at least a useful tool. But we can’t even do that right. And the money and the contract on top of failing at that? It’s just insane.
    ———————–

    Does he even have a QB coach? His mechanics are embarrassing. He’s still not as bad as Eli (outside of the Super Bowl wins). Eli’s mechanics are fine, but he makes even more dumb throws than Stafford does.

  73. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 3:15 PM

    Mr. Wright 212::

    Good question. Yes he has a QB coach. But problem with that is the Lions think the QB coach is good and I don’t. And the Lions think I’m a nutjob and that they know more about this than I do. They are wrong.

    His mechanics aren’t great, but I hear that all the time, and his arm mechanics and sidearm crap aren’t even in the Top 3 of my concerns about him. I think you can work with that and adapt to that if you handle his other problems too, but it’s all part of the coaching and developing job, and we haven’t done anything properly to help him improve since has been here.

    In fact you could argue that if he NEVER had a QB coach and had to do everything on his own, then it’s at least possible he could have been better without any help or advice. I have no idea what they say to him, so that’s just speculation for keeping things interesting and open-minded about whether they are actually making things harder for him than they should be.

    Maybe Eli is worse, maybe not, but who cares? I don’t care about Eli or any other QB. I only care about who the Lions have at QB, and getting a real winner who knows how to play the game, or somebody that can be useful and efficient or POSITIVE for us in any way would be better than what we have. Stafford’s total contribution is still WAY into the negatives.

    He’s far less valuable than guys like Joey Harrington who were busts, but even Joey couldn’t create as much negative value as Stafford has been doing. He played awful but at least he didn’t eat up astronomical amounts of money. I’d take a new Joey Harrington at the past Joey Harrington salary, and we could win MORE games with him than with Matthew Stafford! Joey had a good arm too!

  74. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 17, 2013 3:18 PM

    Please stop trying to attach your brand of idiocy yo my posts. The Lions shouldn’t consider trading Stafford for another 10 years. He needs an offense minded coach. He has the raw talent to surpass Favre….. Hey, that’s a thought. No reason Number 4 couldn’t be a QB coach.

  75. 2difshoe says: Dec 17, 2013 3:44 PM

    Stafford is only as good as his coaching….that should tell you Lion fans something.

  76. roarmachine8109 says: Dec 17, 2013 3:46 PM

    Why do I keep buying into this team? You know who’s fault it is for last nights loss, every fan that keeps rooting for this team. I’m 20 yrs. Guilty myself but if we all just turn our backs on them starting right now then this team can go down in flames with the entire city and we won’t have to go through this any longer! God please let every person connected to that organization read this and slow them down another half a step. Unfortunately I’ve already turned my Sons into Lions fans and I regret all the suffering I will have caused them. I say lets play that third string qb and see what he is all about in the last two games and see what hope he can give us to be taken away.

  77. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 17, 2013 3:52 PM

    wisconsinhillfolk says:
    Dec 17, 2013 3:18 PM
    He has the raw talent to surpass Favre….. Hey, that’s a thought. No reason Number 4 couldn’t be a QB coach.

    ________________________________

    Let me finish that thought for you:

    He has the raw talent to surpass Favre…..in INT’s and fumbles.

    You are out of your mind to think Stafford is in any way similar to Favre. Other than size, and the two qualities I mentioned….those 2 are nothing similar whatsoever….and his dopes for coaches are only hindering him further.

  78. deweyaxewound says: Dec 17, 2013 4:51 PM

    TheDPR says:
    Dec 17, 2013 1:27 PM
    Stafford, Cutler, Romo. All pretty much the same guy.
    _________________________________

    Wrong. So, so, so wrong.

    For one, Cutler’s NEVER had the kind of offensive tools around him that the other two have. Since coming to Chicago, he’s played behind one of the WORST (or THE worst) o-lines in the entire league, until this year.

    Up until last year, his top WRs were #3’s (at best) and converted DBs, who towered over defenders at a whopping 5’9″.

    He’s had a new OC and offensive system to learn in EVERY single season since he’s been on the Bears. Mike Freakin Tice? Come on, now.

    Another big difference: one of these 3 QBs NEVER takes any criticism from the media (Stafford). His failures are always masked by flashy (but meaningless) stats, and blame that lands everyhwere but on him.

    Finally — and this is the MOST important difference between the 3: while all 3 QBs have been given the reputation as choke artists, one of them actually LED the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating last year (114.7) with 19 fourth-quarter comeback wins since 2007, behind only Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan (as the end of last season).

    That trend has continued this season, too:
    Consider Cutler’s 4th quarter game winning drives to get the Bears off to their 3-0 start. Consider last Sunday’s 4th quarter AND performance on 3rd down: He completed 11 of 12 third down passes for 151 yards and 2 TDs, passer rating on the crucial down was a perfect 158.3.

    In the 4th quarter of Cutler’s big return debut last week, he led three scoring drives, completing 5-of-8 passes for 71 yards and a passer rating of 130.7.

    So far this season, these are your league’s BEST 4th quarter QBs:

    1. Flynn 123.9 (well, he did just play Dallas)
    2. McCown 116.8
    3. JAY CUTLER 114.8
    4. Rodgers 107.3

    7. Romo 102.2

    18. Stafford 86.9

    So, while all 3 of these QBs get their knocks in the media as under-performers, one of them actually plays his best ball when it counts the most (4th quarter, 3rd downs); it’s just a shame no one will give him credit for it…probably becuase they’re too busy making excuses for Stafford.

  79. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 17, 2013 5:41 PM

    Love it when lazy parasites who have never competed in any way or defended anything take shots at professionals.

    Well done, lump!

  80. chrishinton15 says: Dec 17, 2013 5:45 PM

    What a riot…was listening to Shaun King critique Stafford. Dude, BIG dude, Stafford had more TDs and passing yards in one season than you did in your whole career.

    Oh and BTW, you are terrible in Fantasy Football.

  81. uberMensch() says: Dec 17, 2013 5:58 PM

    “Lions circling the wagons around Matthew Stafford”
    ___________________________

    More like Lions circling the drain at this point, LOL :-D

  82. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 5:59 PM

    chrishinton15:

    Just because Shaun King wasn’t the greatest QB of all-time doesn’t mean his opinion isn’t valid. I wish the Lions would critique Stafford a little more aggressively and technically, but instead they don’t even really give him a free pass, they give him a free garbage bag full of $100 bills. Or well a box of garbage bags with plenty of bills to fill them all up. I wish they would give him some constructive QB advice for a change, oh my bad “change” is probably insulting to a mega-millionaire. I’m sorry, I mean just a regular human being who has feelings that we should all be so concerned about. Wouldn’t want to offend the richest guy in town now, he might try and throw a punch at you. But odds are it would be high and outside anyhow.

    Money doesn’t buy productive QB play, intelligent coaching and coordination does.

  83. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 17, 2013 6:35 PM

    I value Shaun King’s opinion relative to sandwich spreads, gravies and lard. No one values his opinion of NFL Quarterbacks.

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