Matt Patricia: We’re lucky to have Matthew Stafford

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Matthew Stafford has received criticism from all corners this season. CBS analysts Boomer Esiason and Rich Gannon are among those ripping the Lions quarterback, prompting Stafford to say last week that he doesn’t “need to answer to Rich Gannon.”

But Lions coach Matt Patricia pulled a Terrell Owens, minus the tears.

Owens famously defended his then quarterback, Tony Romo, after a playoff loss, saying, “That’s my quarterback.” That’s essentially what Patricia said Wednesday in defense of his quarterback.

“The good thing for us is we just kind of focus on inside of the building, what we’re doing here,” Patricia said, via video from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Matt Stafford, we’re blessed to have him as our quarterback. We’re lucky to have him as our quarterback. This is a guy who is extremely tough. He’s extremely competitive. He’s a guy that works harder than anybody in the building every single day to get better. I think for him as a quarterback his due diligence, the work that he does every single week. . . . Look, that’s not an easy position to play in the NFL. When you have the defenses that we’ve seen here the last couple of weeks coming at you from different directions, playing in stadiums that are not easy to play in, under conditions that are not easy to play in I would say. It’s part of the game. But his toughness that he portrays through all those situations, and his ability to come back and go right back at it with that tenacious attitude every single day. He’s a great quarterback. He works extremely hard and he’s our leader on offense and we’re going to keep pushing and he’s going to keep leading, which is great for us.”

Stafford has completed 66.8 percent of his passes for 2,385 yards with 16 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 93.8 passer rating.

11 responses to “Matt Patricia: We’re lucky to have Matthew Stafford

  1. the problem is that his stats are horrible quarters 1-3 and all his stats get padded in pass happy makeup time in the 4th quarter while the defense is playing prevent

  2. Stafford wasn’t winning because of the defense. Then the defense played well under (the recently fired) Teryl Austin. Then he wasn’t winning because the Lions didn’t have a running back. Now he has Kerryon, and a defensive genius (HA! The same guy that led the defense in last year’s super bowl loss to Nick Foles!) in Patricia.

    Time to clean house and let Stafford sign with the Jaguars.

  3. Commit to the run game coach, like no coach in detroit has, you will be better on defense and offense….not rocket science. Your QB has an enormous passion for the game dont waste it!!

  4. happy1114 says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Commit to the run game coach, like no coach in detroit has, you will be better on defense and offense….not rocket science. Your QB has an enormous passion for the game dont waste it!!

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    Funny you should say this because Matt Patricia really is a rocket scientist.

  5. Stafford is an above-average NFL QB, which isn’t a bad thing. However, the beatings he’s been taking the last few games has led to a deterioration of his game — he now looks justifiably skittish in the pocket.

  6. bahoto34 says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:21 pm
    the problem is that his stats are horrible quarters 1-3 and all his stats get padded in pass happy makeup time in the 4th quarter while the defense is playing prevent

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    I don’t think you understood what Patricia was saying. He spoke of things like toughness and working to get better. Leadership in the clubhouse. Things that truly make for a better QB in the NFL – because Patricia knows those things. He wasn’t talking about stats which make for a better QB in Fantasy Football. But I think I understand how you judge a quarterback.

  7. Stafford, for some reason has always been slightly overrated. He’s a good, middle of the pack QB. People’s expectations from him are always too high. He needs a really good supporting cast.

  8. billzbubb says:
    November 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Stafford, for some reason has always been slightly overrated. He’s a good, middle of the pack QB. People’s expectations from him are always too high. He needs a really good supporting cast.

    +++++

    Same thing was said about Cutler and Stafford got the same big contract. Here is the only difference between Cutler and Stafford:

    Playoff win records:

    Cutler 1
    Stafford 0

    Cutler > Stafford

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