Matthew Stafford blames himself after Lions were shutout

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The Lions are 78-107-1 since they drafted Matthew Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009. Stafford, who started 85 of those losses, has played for three head coaches and chances are, with where the Lions are, the quarterback will play for a fourth sometime in the not-too-distant future.

On Sunday, though, the Lions accomplished something they never had in their previous losses with Stafford as their starter: They scored no points. The Lions’ last shutout came Oct. 18, 2009, with Daunte Culpepper as their starting quarterback, when the Packers won 26-0.

The Lions’ 185 yards was the fewest they have had in a game Stafford has finished.

Stafford refused to blame coaching, an easy target considering. Instead, Stafford pointed the finger at himself.

“Obviously, I can play better,” Stafford said, via Justin Rogers of The Detroit News. “I’m the guy that touches the ball on offense every play, so the better I play, the better we’ll play as a team. Just got to be better myself.”

Stafford was asked directly if the game plan was good enough.

“It wasn’t so much the game plan as it was our execution, you know?” Stafford said. “It was both run and pass. We weren’t efficient enough to get them out of it, and it’s every defensive coordinator’s dream to be up 17 late in the game and being able to dial up every fun blitz you can never think of. That part of it is not the part where we won or lost the game. We’ve got to be better early on in that game.”

Stafford’s right thumb injury had him questionable heading into the game, and he was without receivers Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) as well as rookie running back D’Andre Swift (concussion). Golladay, Amendola and Swift have accounted for 79 receptions for 1,024 yards and four touchdowns this season.

In his postgame interview, Stafford went on to claim the Lions are “absolutely” responding to Matt Patricia’s coaching. It’s simple, Stafford said, the Lions just have to execute better.

13 responses to “Matthew Stafford blames himself after Lions were shutout

  1. The Lions need to give the ball to Peterson at least 20 times and throw to him as well. A back cant do much with ten carries …

  2. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    November 22, 2020 at 9:38 pm
    The Lions need to give the ball to Peterson at least 20 times and throw to him as well. A back cant do much with ten carries

    No. Terrible idea. AD was the worst signing this year from an on field standpoint. If you’ve been watching, he has nothing left in the tank. The should’ve ridden Swift from the start. Also, without AD we’d probably still have Bo who could have helped today. AD was brought in as a culture guy for the RB room and although Swift has looked great, I chalk that up to talent because there has been zero improvement with Kerryon.

  3. I disagree … he had nearly a 100 yrd game that they lost on a dropped pass from Swift and had over 20 carries in their first win. They need to run him more to get him into the flow …

  4. The Lions are one of the most frustrating teams to watch. I like Hockenson, Kerryon and Swift as players but all 3 were poor picks for Detroit who has almost nobody who can protect their QB or rush the opposing QB. But they’ve used a 1st, two 2nds and a 3rd on a TE, two RBs and a WR. It’s gotten them nowhere.

  5. “I disagree … he had nearly a 100 yrd game that they lost on a dropped pass from Swift and had over 20 carries in their first win. They need to run him more to get him into the flow ”

    That was 2 months ago, now he is a shot back. His legs are gone. He even said so himself that he deserved to be benched.

  6. 78-107-1

    Yeah that isn’t very good. But when you consider it was for the Lions arguably the worst Franchise in the NFL it is not too bad. Even the Jaguars in the past and Browns this year have won a little.
    I mean the Bengals are the one other team you can argue is worse but they were at least usually respectable with Dalton. I feel sorry for Lions fans.

  7. It IS every defensive coordinator’s dream to be up 17 late and dial up every blitz you’ve ever dreamed. Only the Lions have been in similar situations holding a big lead late time and again the last couple of years, and they always sit back and hand the game over. Fire Patricia.

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