Matthew Stafford knows his career will be judged by postseason results

AP

Matthew Stafford‘s statistics say he’s had a really solid nine-year career. His playoff record says he has more left to do.

Stafford has passed for almost 35,000 yards, including 5,038 yards in 2011, and thrown 216 touchdowns, including 41 in 2011. But he has a 60-65 record as a starter in the regular season and has yet to win a playoff game, having gone 0-3 in the postseason.

“Whether it’s fair or not is not up to me to judge, or think really too much about, because it’s out of my control,” Stafford said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “So I just go out there and try and play as well as I can.”

The Lions lost to New Orleans 45-289 in the 2011 postseason, 24-20 to Dallas in the 2014 playoffs and 26-6 to Seattle in the 2016 postseason. They have not won a division title since 1993 and have not won a playoff game since beating the Cowboys at home in 1991 before losing to Washington in the conference title game.

“As a player you want to be in that situation as much as you possibly and win as many of them as you possibly can,” Stafford said of the playoffs. “That’s what my goal is and really everybody’s goal is.”

31 responses to “Matthew Stafford knows his career will be judged by postseason results

  1. “The Lions lost to New Orleans 45-289 in the 2011 postseason”

    40 touchdowns and 3 field goals. Surprised Payton never went for 2…

  2. The way he was tossed around like a rag doll against the Giants last week, he’ll be 0 – 3 in the playoffs after this year’s playoffs too.

    That O-line should be ashamed of itself for letting the franchise get hit like that. Pathetic.

  3. Judging QBs solely on postseason results is an extremely lazy and shallow practice.
    In a team sport such as football is, where defense and special teams play such a major factor, not to mention the 20 odd other offensive specialists, it is just dumb not to judge passers using all the other criteria that’s readily available.
    Though I’m quite sure Patriot fans will disagree.

  4. Yeah, a bit unfair. It isn’t because of him. Last I heard, there are 22 starters on offense and defense, then you have special teams and coaches. Anyone gonna try and say Marino wasn’t great?He never won the big one.

  5. Nice of him to say that instead of “Yeah sucks my legacy is going to be tarnished by poor choices in hiring front office personnel”

  6. He’s a good qb that got stuck on a suck franchise. Not winning a single playoff game is certainly not all his fault. Lions should trade him. They clearly don’t know how to win with him.

  7. weepingjebus says:
    August 22, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    Isn’t he something like 6-50 against teams with a winning record?
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    I think it’s like 1-50.

  8. The beating Stafford takes every week is ridiculous. I think it’s 50/50 whether he can complete the 2018 regular season. There are legit reasons to be concerned about his post-NFL quality of life.

    The fact that Calvin Johnson + Matt Stafford + Ndamukong Suh = zero playoff victories says everything anyone needs to know about the Lions organization. With Barry Sanders, one of the greatest offensive threats to play in the NFL, they won one playoff game – even with Herman Moore and Brett Perriman as 1,000 yard receivers on the same team.

    The Lions are proof that it’s not always about quality players – it’s about an organizations commitment to winning. The Ford family do not promote a winning culture. They are committed to mediocrity. Bob Quinn and Matt (alleged rapist) Patricia will not change mentality of the Ford family.

    If Mike Ilitch had owned the Lions, they’d have some Super Bowl trophies. He valued winning. He also knew how to make winning sports franchises improve the value of his entire corporate portfolio.

    The Lions are ongoing quest to be just good enough to disappoint their fans.

  9. He’s never won a playoff game? He deserves a fully guaranteed contract. After all, that’s the new standard that the Vikings set for winless playoff qb’s.

  10. Karras71 says:
    August 22, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Judging QBs solely on postseason results is an extremely lazy and shallow practice.
    In a team sport such as football is, where defense and special teams play such a major factor, not to mention the 20 odd other offensive specialists, it is just dumb not to judge passers using all the other criteria that’s readily available.
    Though I’m quite sure Patriot fans will disagree.

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    Why would Patriot fans disagree? You can use whatever regular season metric you want and there is one Patriot Player that will be in the top 10.

  11. If you’re going to judge Stanford by playoff wins, where you at on Phillip Rivers? Both Big Ben & Eli Manning have multiple Super Bowl wins, but Phillips, who was in the same draft class has zero… he must be a shmuk, right?

  12. “Judging QBs solely on postseason results is an extremely lazy and shallow practice.
    In a team sport such as football is, where defense and special teams play such a major factor, not to mention the 20 odd other offensive specialists, it is just dumb not to judge passers using all the other criteria that’s readily available.
    Though I’m quite sure Patriot fans will disagree.”

    Patriots fans probably don’t disagree considering Brady has been great in both the regular season and post season. He has it all. You must be thinking about the Giants. QBs should be judged on both the regular season and playoffs which is why Brady is the GOAT. Sorry bud.

  13. for most of staffords career detroit has run a blatantly deffective offense. no team is more predictable and gives up on running the ball quicker. the last 100 yd rusher for detroit was reggie bush

  14. Stafford is the best QB the Lions have had in a long, long time. They have had zero running game, and not very good pass protection. The numbers he has put up is amazing. He’s tougher than most QBs, and at the end of game needing a score he’s better than most. He’s easily a top 10 NFL QB.

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