Jim Caldwell on Matthew Stafford: He’s on the rise

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Matthew Stafford was an MVP candidate, and the Lions were NFC North leaders until the quarterback dislocated the joint and tore ligaments in the middle finger of his throwing hand late last season. Yet, Stafford has the same MVP odds for the 2017 season as Sam Bradford.

You can argue Stafford is underrated considering he reached 30,000 passing yards faster than any quarterback in league history. But to earn respect, he’ll likely first have to win a playoff game. He’s 0-3 in the postseason, including two blowouts.

For now, Stafford’s biggest supporter remains Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who believes the nine-year veteran is “on the rise.”

“Even prior to my coming [to Detroit], you could certainly see the way in which he’s played year after year after year,” Caldwell said, via Clark Judge on the Talk of Fame Network. “He’s been pretty consistent in terms of generating yardage for his team.

“When we got here we found out some other things about him that you just didn’t see on film: His toughness, his intelligence, his desire. And all of those things, I think, without question rub off on his teammates. He’s also unflappable in very, very tight situations, and he’s improving. That’s the other thing I think you find with guys at that position in this league: When they get to around their fifth, sixth, seventh year, there’s still a climb; there’s still an ascension. You can see the direction in which they’re going. Stats don’t always tell the story, but I think when you couple that with wins it does. And Matthew certainly is on the rise.”

Stafford has a 27-21 record the past three years, with 15 fourth-quarter comebacks, while throwing for 4,200 yards or more in each season.

16 responses to “Jim Caldwell on Matthew Stafford: He’s on the rise

  1. I think Stafford brings a lot of positive things to the quarterback position and I know we live in an era of measurables but there is an intangible that the really great quarterbacks have that he seems to lack. He’s yet to show he has that champion-factor. That’s not to say he can’t and won’t; just that it hasn’t appeared yet.

  2. Stafford will be 30 yrs old by the next Super Bowl. I think it is pretty safe to say we know exactly what Matthew Stafford is as an NFL QB.

    He’s a good QB but he isn’t a great, franchise QB who will lead his team to titles. He is what he is and without Calvin Johnson he isn’t as good as some people thought.

    He will put up stats because he is almost always in the top 10 in attempts and usually the top 5 but I don’t think he’s in the top 5 of QBs in the league and maybe not the top 10.

  3. All you gurus out there on Matt Stafford, How many Super Bowls you think him and Belichick have?? At least one right? Jim Caldwell has single handedly tossed away a few games for us each year. Matt can ball. You seem to forget about the coach factor.

  4. With a front office that finally actually gives a damn about the running game, the best of Stafford is definitely still to come.

  5. The far side of 30 has seen a lot of QB success in recent years. He’s probably about halfway through his career, nothing crazy about him taking it to the next level.

    That said, he needs more around him to compete against the likes of Green Bay, Seattle, Atlanta, and Dallas. Right now they are firmly in the Arizona/Carolina/Minnesota group that might be good, might lose 10 games. Oh throw the rest of the NFC East in the bottom of that group as well.

  6. Lets first start off with some facts;

    The 2016 Detroit Lions were;
    -Had the dead last ranked rushing unit
    -All-time worst D for allowing QB comp %
    -Near dead last in sacks and forced turnovers (their entire LB corps had exactly 0 sacks, 0 INT’s and 0 FF’s)
    -Led the league in drops
    -Set a record for most come from behind wins with 8

    As you can see, Matt Stafford wasn’t exactly playing on a playoff contender, let alone a SB type team.

    As an honest, objective (since the 0-16 debacle, I stopped drinking the kool-aid) long time Lions fan since the days of Billy Sims, I honestly don’t believe that they’ve ever put together a championship caliber team, especially not since Matt Millen was hired in 2001. Their 90’s teams had Barry Sanders and some very good WR’s, but the defense was never great, nor did they ever have a legit franchise QB.

    I will tell you straight up, Matthew Stafford has never played on a good quality playoff type team, let alone one that could run the tables. He’s a very good-not-great QB that most teams would LOVE to have. Unfortunately he’s gotten little help in Detroit, otherwise, I think he’s capable of leading a team to a championship.

  7. You would think that “Butterball” would already have arrived.

    He’s on the rise as if he was also some parkerhouse rolls to go along with his massive food intake.

  8. Caldwell is a bad coach and Stafford is the same as he ever was. On the rise

    2016 Detroit Lions 594- 388 65.3% 4,327 yards 270.4 YPG 24 TD 10INT 93.3 Rating

    2015 Detroit Lions 592-398 67.2% 4,262 yards 266.4 YPG 32TD 13 INT 97.0 Rating

    2014 Detroit Lions 16 602 363 60.3% 37.6 4,257 yards 266.1 YPG 22TD 12INT 85.7 Rating

    Not really on the rise at all.

  9. Stafford is all the desperate Lions fans have left and he’s not even that good. Zero playoff wins and chokes out every possible opportunity!

    Wasted Talent Dumpster Fire Detroit!

  10. vikingf0rlife says:
    Jul 5, 2017 12:27 PM
    Stafford is all the desperate Lions fans have left and he’s not even that good. Zero playoff wins and chokes out every possible opportunity!

    Wasted Talent Dumpster Fire Detroit!

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    Your Vikings would take Stafford in a heartbeat if he was available.

  11. @jimbobc00terqbtutor

    “I will tell you straight up, Matthew Staff0rd has never played on a good quality playoff type team, let alone one that could run the tables. He’s a very good-not-great QB that most teams would LOVE to have. Unfortunately he’s gotten little help in Detroit, otherwise, I think he’s capable of leading a team to a championship.”

    People said the exact same thing about Cutler all those years in Chicago. The only difference between Cutler and Stafford is: Cutler actually has a playoff win.

    Stafford is an average QB, stop trying to make excuses!

  12. Stafford certainly isn’t a bad QB, but he does tend to choke a lot. He fumbled twice in the playoff game against the Cowboys and cost us the game….even though a lot of my delusional fan base claimed it was the refs fault.

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