Matthew Stafford: There were a few teams I didn’t want to get traded to

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Earlier this week, soon-to-be former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford sat down for an interview with Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press that touched on topics related to his pending trade to the Rams.

On Sunday, the newspaper shared more of that conversation with their subscribers. One of the new questions had to do with a report that Stafford was open to being traded to any team other than the Patriots.

Stafford did not share whether he was willing to go to New England, but did say that there was more than one place he didn’t want to go for the next chapter of his NFL career.

“What’s accurate is — and this is an incredible thing by [the Lions] — I asked to go to a team that was ready to win a championship,” Stafford said. “And, you know, there were a few teams on that list. There were a few teams that were not on that list. And they were respectful of that and understood completely. I had thoughts and reasons for each one of them.”

For the first two decades of the millennium, the Patriots were the place to go if you were looking for a team ready to win a championship. Their first year without Tom Brady dropped them from those ranks and Stafford won’t be the quarterback to lead a resurgence in New England.

68 responses to “Matthew Stafford: There were a few teams I didn’t want to get traded to

  1. I have seen Stafford play.

    Stafford may be a nice guy, but he is not a QB to lead a resurgence for any NFL team.

  2. So the previous story was typical of nearly 2 decades of over-egged salty media hate toward the Pats. I’m sure he didn’t want to be immediately reunited with Patricia, just as I’m sure a Lions’ QB wouldn’t know what a team ready to win a championship actually looks like.

  3. No resurgence in New England. We are about to get proof that Belichick is a good coach but a horrible GM who lucked into Brady who regularly took below market deals. The GOAT went to TB and proved it while Belichick is floundering.

  4. It all makes perfect sense. Why would he want to go to another bad franchise when he’s already been with one for 10 years? The Lions are all in on a complete re-build, and I don’t blame them. They need a major overhaul. I also don’t blame Stafford for wanting to get out right now, but I also think he and his wife wanted to leave Michigan. Sometimes is useless to try to put the toothpaste back in the tube. Much easier looking for a fresh tube.

  5. Any QB who goes to NE will be held to high standard, no offense to any QB but TB12 left behind very big shoes to fill. Let’s face it Stafford is no TB12 and will never be.

  6. Reportedly, Brady left NE because after years of signing team friendly deals, BB would never support him with surrounding talent. Like you know, wide receivers??

    Brady has also implied that he tired of the military mind set of BB and the Pats. No fun, no play, no true pay.

    Brady left, immediately won a SB and BB, not so much. BB has Brady to thank for his rings.

  7. I’ll be shocked if Stafford on the Rams is any different than the Stafford we’ve seen his whole career: A lovable loser who tries really hard but turns it over too much and can’t win a big game.

  8. I can’t blame Stafford for not wanting to go to NE. He realizes the franchise is crashing back to depths of irrelevance where it dwelled for decades prior to the BB/TB era.

  9. The New England Patriots are the Chicago Bulls of the NFL.

    One great dynastic run with the GOAT of the sport, then right back to irrelevance.

  10. Why does everyone forget that all of the SB’s New England won were because the of the D? Heck, the three they lost were also because of the D. Brady had the kind of weapons in 2007 that he had in Tampa and they scored 14 points. FOURTEEN. Everyone tries to diminish BB, but you rarely win multiple championships without BOTH a QB and a great coach. Everyone loves themselves some Drew Brees and Sean Payton, but they have only been to one SB (and bountygate clouds that a bit). Does that diminish how great they have been? The Pats this past season lost more starters than any other team even BEFORE opt outs. If they could have had even decently competent play from Newton, they probably win 10 games. They might not have made the playoffs, but let’s not forget how BADLY TB12 played down the stretch in 2019. He looked old and disinterested. He looked like he checked out. That Miami game and the first round playoff game were awful.

  11. Stafford may be a nice guy, but he is not a QB to lead a resurgence for any NFL team.

    Spoken like a,true arrogant Cheatah fan

  12. I don’t understand what’s so damning about New England being a rebuilding team. They’ve had a significantly long period of success there, and the next few years are uncertain. So what?

  13. Matt Patricia would have brought a title to Detroit. Stafford is a stat collector, not a championship quarterback

  14. Patrick H says:
    February 14, 2021 at 5:24 pm
    I don’t understand what’s so damning about New England being a rebuilding team. They’ve had a significantly long period of success there, and the next few years are uncertain. So what?

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    Gotta kick’em while they’re down.

  15. Patrick H says:
    February 14, 2021 at 5:24 pm
    I don’t understand what’s so damning about New England being a rebuilding team. They’ve had a significantly long period of success there, and the next few years are uncertain. So what?
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    I would agree, Patrick. Obviously with this season, Brady has proved that he was a huge part of the Pats dynasty. But that doesn’t mean his brilliance and Bill Belichick being brilliant are mutually exclusive. This was clearly a rebuilding/reloading year for the Pats where they opened up a mountain of cap space. It was obvious to anyone that closely follows football that the Pats were not going to be great this year.

    Now we’ll see if Belichick is the elite coach people believe he is in the coming 2-3 seasons. The roster is going to improve significantly and he’s going to need to find a quarterback. Then he can be properly assessed.

  16. All the world is a stage and Kelly Stafford is but a player like us all. She went through tumor-brain surgery and a long, painful recovery with the guts of a warrior. Just as tough as her husband. However, she leans into the frame too much for being a housewife. Oh, in case you think I’m pulling the gender card, I feel the same way about Elton John’s househusband.

  17. It wouldn’t be a Pats related thread w/o at least 1 encyclopedia length post about how it was mostly the D and Belichick plays chess blah blah blah

  18. Reportedly, Brady left NE because after years of signing team friendly deals, BB would never support him with surrounding talent. Like you know, wide receivers??
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    They were a top 10 offense 18 of his 19 years as a starter… top 5 9 of his last 10 years..

    Thats not possible without talented players.

  19. Patrick H says:
    February 14, 2021 at 5:24 pm
    I don’t understand what’s so damning about New England being a rebuilding team. They’ve had a significantly long period of success there, and the next few years are uncertain. So what?

    41 5 Rate This

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    People are scared. They know that Newton was so terrible, the 4 games they lost that were easily winnable with even a decent qb, means NE isn’t far off under non-pandemic conditions.

    BB is kinda good at rebuilds. He built 2 dynasties this way.

  20. I’m a life long Patriots fan who believes this Brady v Belichick argument is foolish and born out of a need for the long vanquished to sully two decades of dominance.

    That said, it was Tom Curran who reported the Patriots were the one team to whom Stafford refused to to go. Curran is a Patriots beat reporter and media guy. It didn’t come from Stafford, or any of the media personalities associated with the NFL in general or other teams.

  21. What QB with half a brain wouldn’t prefer to go to a team with a more immediate chance for success rather than a rebuilding one? Regardless of Belichick being the best coach in the NFL, the Pats are rebuilding. Not sure why folks are getting their shorts in a bundle about this.

  22. I don’t understand Stafford’s point in even bringing up that he wouldn’t go to certain teams. Every player has that list and it doesn’t mean diddly poo after you’ve already been traded.

  23. I’ve seen Stafford play twice yearly for years. He is a good QB trapped in a horrible organization.

    My bet is Rams are 13 win team.

  24. The Patriots will be back in the Superbowl at the conclusion of this upcoming season, and they won’t be facing Stafford or Brady… BANK ON IT… REMEMBER THIS POST!!

  25. Lets see if Beli can do it without Brady. You have to admit after seeing the greatest football dynasty split you do wonder who had more to do with it. Bill did take a big step back at QB with Newton. So Brady did had a good head start in Tampa with their overall talent, but he did win it all without Bill in his first attempt. I feel Bill gets 3 more years to match it before Brady is declared the actual patriot way, as Ive seen being thrown around out there. It was still a helluva run they had for 20 years. I dont see those records being broken.

  26. Love the revisionist history
    morons.

    BB made Brady. Brady wasn’t even going timo be drafted for crying out loud. Look at his Combine photo. He was a late bloomer that BB groomed and developed, not the Boogie Man or some mystery person.

    Brady took advantage of the training as did Garoppolo. Brady is clearly the GOAT but it’s a team sport.

    The last 2 sb rings Brady has earned, his defenses allowed 12 total ponts, so let’s pump the brakes.

    This isn’ golf or tennis, it’s a team sport.

    BB can be the designer of yet another wise, strategic team build
    and not have horrible Newton to lose 4-5 winnable games again.

  27. It’s pretty simple. Belichick has been a HC 8 seasons without Brady, and made the playoffs once.

  28. When the Rams dominate this season, some of you will still hate Stafford. We’ll win the Super Bowl and you’ll say it had nothing to do with him. But at least we can all agree that he’s a class act.

  29. 11 years in the league and zero playoff wins . Yet everyone act likes he’s going to suddenly stack wins .
    Stafford is Romo esque
    Great QB but not franchise changing

  30. An ex Lions player being picky about the team he is being traded to is like a homeless person being picky about his food.

  31. gimmeabruschi says:
    February 14, 2021 at 7:34 pm
    It’s pretty simple. Belichick has been a HC 8 seasons without Brady, and made the playoffs once.

    Actually it’s 6 years and 1 playoff appearance. But 8 sure sounds more impressive.

  32. The Pats still managed a 7-9 record with a noodle armed Cam Newton and whoever else washed ashore. I could imagine if they had a QB that threw more than 8 TDs, tossed 10 interceptions and fumbled every other down, they might’ve been better. So we can assume that Brady would’ve gotten them at least 4 more in not 5 more wins because it’s Brady. Put a serviceable QB on the team and at worst you have 10 wins. I have no dog in this. Stafford played in the NFC and on a team that frankly no one outside of Detroit cared about. The few times I did see him play, he looked like a good quarterback. Now will he suddenly level up in LA? No idea. We’ll see if McVay really is some offensive genius now.

  33. Well we now have a QB that doesn’t get blamed for poor performance of his team playing for a coach who doesn’t get blamed for the poor performance of his team.

  34. I never thought I would ever read the words Elton Johns househusband on this site lol. Anyway, I’m sure Stafford wife felt trapped in Michigan by the COVID protocols. wait til she gets to California’s lockdown rules. You would think she would approve given her brain cancer. Stafford is a nice stat padder. There are stat QBs and there are winners. Stafford falls in the 1st category

  35. bobhk says:
    February 14, 2021 at 3:46 pm
    No resurgence in New England. We are about to get proof that Belichick is a good coach but a horrible GM who lucked into Brady who regularly took below market deals. The GOAT went to TB and proved it while Belichick is floundering.

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    As like most non-Patriots fans who watched them run rampant over the AFC for 20 years, I have no love for Brady or Belichick. That said, to declare that BB is “floundering” after one season of not having his 20 year franchise QB seems premature. It’s a lot easier for a franchise QB to move onto a stacked roster and win than it is for a coach to lose his franchise QB and win. I’m withholding judgment on the Tom vs Bill argument until Bill at least until Belichick has had time to rebuild and and field a decent roster.

  36. touchback6 says:
    February 14, 2021 at 7:23 pm
    Love the revisionist history
    morons.

    BB made Brady. Brady wasn’t even going timo be drafted for crying out loud. Look at his Combine photo. He was a late bloomer that BB groomed and developed, not the Boogie Man or some mystery person.
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    I remember years ago reading a rumor that Mike Riley wanted to draft Brady for the Chargers but Beathard nixed it. Had that deal gone through, given the Chargers history of success, Tom Brady would probably be selling shoes or insurance. Even in New England, if Bledsoe does not go down, things may have turned out very differently.

  37. smokeybear says:
    February 14, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Actually it’s 6 years and 1 playoff appearance. But 8 sure sounds more impressive.

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    5 years in Cleveland (1991-1995) and 3 without Brady in NE (2000, 2008, 2020).

    That’s 8 years with one playoff berth (1994), without Brady.

    He went to the playoffs 17 out of 18 times with him (2001-2019, minus 2008).

  38. Stafford does not win big games. Nothing will make me believe that. You watch, this guy folds under pressure, no matter how much talent you put around him. He’ll do it in LA, too.

    He has a house in LA. When he said he wanted to be traded, it was pretty clear that’s where he wanted to go. The delay between him asking for a trade and the trade was the Rams scrambling to get the offer together. I don’t think anyone else was really involved.

  39. The Patriots will be back in the Superbowl at the conclusion of this upcoming season, and they won’t be facing Stafford or Brady… BANK ON IT… REMEMBER THIS POST!!

    I’m right there with you on Stafford, but I’m not crazy enough to count out Brady!

  40. Bold offseason prediction…. Stafford will play great and the Rams will be superbowl contenders the next two years before they fall apart due to cap issues and lack of young talent from trading firsts.

  41. I would have the same list if I was in Stafford’s shoes. There was probably only about 4-6 teams (without QB) that are ready to compete for SB. NE could be one of those but I think Stafford didn’t care to much for Patricia’s style of coaching so he left them out.

  42. Can you blame Stafford for wanting out? The Lions are one of the NFL teams that exist for the sole purpose of collecting a revenue check. The Lions, the Jets, the Bengals, the Chargers, the Vikings, and Texans are all teams who strive for.500 season records or when it comes to really play and win games that really matter, they crumble or somehow forget how to play football for no rhyme reason. It’s laughable at times, these teams seem to not play professional football and lean more to WWE sports entertainment side of putting a face team over in their lack of drive or competence. Good luck in LA Matt, you’ll need all the luck you can get when dealing with Sneed.

  43. Even in New England, if Bledsoe does not go down, things may have turned out very differently.
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    If not for Desmonds Howard kick return, Bledsoe could have had a Ring, and Brady may have never happened period.

    Belichick had that Packers offense on the ropes, after getting burned a couple times early. After the return, the Packers turned the dogs loose, and Reggie closed the game out.

    Bledsoe could have won with those early Patriot teams. Especially 2003 and 2004. Most QBs could win with those defenses. (15 points/gm)

  44. Pleassssssssssse. There werent that many teams interested in an older QB who really never accomplished much considering he had a great receiver and d line and other things that he never was able to take advantage of

  45. There werent that many teams interested in an older QB who really never accomplished much considering he had a great receiver and d line and other things that he never was able to take advantage of
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    The Lions have made the Playoffs 3 times since the turn of the century. All 3 times, Stafford was the QB.

    The Lions have 5 winning seasons since 2000. 4 of 5, Stafford was the starter. The other was in 2000… 19 years ago.

    These aren’t small accomplishments. The Lions are one of the worst organizations in all of sports. Probably in all of America.

  46. Detroit gets a bad rap. Stafford had a team of weapons, and also (*likely*) one of the best receivers of all time.

    Could it be possible that Stafford, and not Detroit, is a large reason he hasn’t been a champion? I’m not a fan of the lions, but I’ve loved watching them play Thanksgiving football.

  47. supercharger says:
    February 14, 2021 at 4:29 pm
    Bears, Eagles, both NY teams and Packers.

    Last time I checked there is only one team in NY : the Buffalo Bills

  48. I can’t blame him for not wanting to go to NE. BB has made some atrocious picks in the last few years, none of them bore fruit. Last year–one of the best WR drafts in recent times–NE, needing weopons, elected to not select a single WR, electing instead to draft two TE’s. That’s inexcusable.

  49. I dont believe Stafford is the guy to lead a ieam to a championship. He may fit into a spot, but not leadership material.

  50. Bledsoe could have won with those early Patriot teams. Especially 2003 and 2004. Most QBs could win with those defenses. (15 points/gm)
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    football is a complementary game. the defense only gave up 15/gm because the GOAT qb sustains drives and doesn’t give the defense poor field position from 3 and outs and stupid turnovers. special teams are huge too. bledsoe was let go for a reason even though at the time all the fanboys and media experts were screaming to bench brady and go with the “proven” all pro. to deny belichick or brady’s greatness is to deny facts.

  51. I think this feels like a backpedal from the report of not wanting to go to NE. I’m ok with the reason that he doesn’t like or want to be involved with Patricia. I get it. OTOH, I don’t really like Stafford that much so it doesn’t bother me anyway.

  52. AndyB says:
    February 14, 2021 at 9:16 pm
    touchback6 says:
    February 14, 2021 at 7:23 pm
    Love the revisionist history
    morons.

    BB made Brady. Brady wasn’t even going timo be drafted for crying out loud. Look at his Combine photo. He was a late bloomer that BB groomed and developed, not the Boogie Man or some mystery person.
    ——————————————————————————————————————-
    I remember years ago reading a rumor that Mike Riley wanted to draft Brady for the Chargers but Beathard nixed it. Had that deal gone through, given the Chargers history of success, Tom Brady would probably be selling shoes or insurance. Even in New England, if Bledsoe does not go down, things may have turned out very differently.

    11 3 Rate This

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    Correct, but they were also still trying to justify Leaf. The point is, no one really had interest in drafting Brady but BB.

    This isn’t Manning falling into Bill Polian’s lap. This is the greatest gm and coach sports history molding players for his system. The player profile reports from BB by position are available for anyone to read.

  53. Any player who wouldn’t jump at the chance at playing for the Los Angeles Rams, with that roster, that coaching staff, that stadium, and that weather, either realizes they aren’t good enough to get on the field as a Ram, or they play for the Chargers.

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