Brad Holmes: Matthew Stafford is great, I have to evaluate entire roster

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Lions General Manager Brad Holmes was likely asked his thoughts on quarterback Matthew Stafford when he interviewed with the team this month and he had to expect questions about him during his introductory press conference in Detroit on Tuesday.

Holmes didn’t have to wait long. He faced a question about Stafford’s future with the organization right off the bat.

Holmes didn’t paint himself into any corners in a response that complimented the longtime Lion while stopping short of guaranteeing anything for the year to come.

“Matthew, great player,” Holmes said, via Justin Rose of WXYZ. “You appreciate how intangibles show on film, but it is my job to evaluate the entire roster. I have not had any discussions with Matthew or any player.”

Any evaluation process will include the head coach and the Lions have not made any announcments regarding the expected hire of Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell at this point. That will likely come in the near future and then the duo will embark on building their first team in Detroit.

11 responses to “Brad Holmes: Matthew Stafford is great, I have to evaluate entire roster

  1. If Matthew Stafford could dodge and sidestep pass rushers as well as Brad Holmes dodged and sidestepped that question he’d never be sacked again.

  2. This whole Deshaun Watson saga is giving me a newfound respect for the likes of Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. Those players understand that nowhere in their contract did it say there team was guaranteed to win minimum 10 games, or that they were entitled to provide feedback on managerial decisions, or that they could sulk in a way that’s detrimental to the team. He’s not the best QB on the planet, but he’s tough as hell, led the Lions to 4 winning seasons (when they had just 1 in the previous 11 seasons before he arrived), and would undoubtedly have had a much different career if the Lions didn’t draft him.

  3. There is no room for a QB that makes 35 million when the cap is set to shrink by 25 million. This roster has to many holes and doesn’t need a veteran QB.

    Also, people forget that when the Lions were in positions to succeed Stafford never came though. He always choked. He’s burns through OCs every 2 years. Time for him to move on

  4. Stafford can’t win games because he doesn’t coach, draft, play defense or play the rest of the positions on offense. He’s been a true warrior for the Lions and, maybe excepting Layne, the best QB they’ve ever had.

  5. “This whole Deshaun Watson saga is giving me a newfound respect for the likes of Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. Those players understand that nowhere in their contract did it say there team was guaranteed to win minimum 10 games”
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    Hold up, you’re looking at them with hindsight is 20/20. Barry & Calvin both retired after ten years because they were sick of playing for the Lions. Barry stated in his book that he retired because he no longer wanted to play for a team that cared more about profit than trying to win a championship. Calvin Johnson not only retired for the same reasons but he also does not like the Lions as an organization.

    Quote on why Calvin retired,

    “I didn’t see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall and not going anywhere.”

    In fact, Calvin and the team knew that the 0-16 team would be bad. Seeing the issues with Front Office and Coaches that didn’t align and etc. That was 8 years before he retired. DeShaun is in the same situation as Barry & Calvin, the difference is he’s learned from the results of players the came before him; the likes Barry, Calvin, JJ Watt, Andre Johnson, etc. and is acting on before the Texans take away his love (and body) for the game.

  6. There’s no reason for optimism in Detroit since they’ve always failed but I do like this GM hire and Dan Campbell is growing on me too. Aaron Glenn as DC is really interesting as well. Looks good on paper.

  7. The new head coach will likely make the call on the QB position. There’s no need to make any declarations right now. And besides, if they were planning to trade Stafford, or draft a QB, I don’t think they’d use the first press conference to show their hand. The strategy would be to talk up Stafford as much as possible, and try to get the maximum in return, and the headline to this article does just that.

  8. orivar says:
    January 19, 2021 at 7:09 pm
    “This whole Deshaun Watson saga is giving me a newfound respect for the likes of Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. Those players understand that nowhere in their contract did it say there team was guaranteed to win minimum 10 games”
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    Hold up, you’re looking at them with hindsight is 20/20. Barry & Calvin both retired after ten years because they were sick of playing for the Lions. Barry stated in his book that he retired because he no longer wanted to play for a team that cared more about profit than trying to win a championship. Calvin Johnson not only retired for the same reasons but he also does not like the Lions as an organization.
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    Yeah that profit made those guys ridiculously wealthy too. Imagine how much more profit winning brings. Doubt the Fords were trying to make money off of stadium revenue, they just hired incompetent football people. The massive contracts that they gave to Sanders, Johnson and Stafford…even Suh doesn’t sound like someone trying to bleed nickles.

  9. they definitely need to trade players for draft choices so they can luck up on something in the later rounds like Philadelphia and GB did at QB;

    kinda obvious GB drafted theirs last draft to keep Detroit or Chicago from getting that QB in the next round;

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