Matthew Stafford: I had a good relationship with Matt Patricia

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Matthew Stafford is technically still a Lion for another month, as the trade that will send him to the Rams won’t be official until the start of the new league year in March.

But when Stafford asked Detroit to trade him, he reportedly was willing to go anywhere but New England. Stafford didn’t confirm that report in an interview with Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press. But part of the speculation for why he wouldn’t want to join the Patriots was the presence of his former head coach, Matt Patricia.

Since the Lions fired him in November, Patricia has re-joined New England to assist the coaching staff in a variety of roles. But when addressing the coach, Stafford told Albom speculation regarding his partnership with Patricia was overblown.

“He and I had a good relationship, no matter what anybody wants to say,” Stafford said. “I could go into his office and talk to him, he could get me on the phone whenever he needed to. I think we both grew in that relationship. I have a lot of respect for him and who he is, as a football coach and an unbelievable mind.”

Regardless, Stafford is headed to Los Angeles where he’s expected to help make the Rams an immediate Super Bowl contender.

12 responses to “Matthew Stafford: I had a good relationship with Matt Patricia

  1. It was obvious that they butted heads but good on him for taking the high road. Patricia is a lousy head coach.

  2. So, the only team he wouldn’t play for was New England – debunked.
    He wouldn’t play in New England – debunked.

    The next incorrect assumption is that players won’t play in New England. Why would they? For money!
    Players coming from New England get huge deals. Three years in a row, NE has got the most compensatory picks, which is indicative of how much money free agents signed for. A lot of lower drafted or undrafted players got rich.
    Dion Lewis, Malcolm Butler, Trent Brown, Trey Flowers, Kyle Van Noy, Logan Ryan. Jamie Collins hit it big twice, and Nate Solder left to the biggest LT contract at the time. Belichick coaching pays decent dividends during the free agent frenzy.

  3. Let’s pump the breaks on this guy suddenly leading a SB contender.

    He could start by maybe winning one big game in his career.

  4. We all know that Kelly Stafford runs the show in the Stafford household.

    Kelly wanted out of Detroit and guess what? They are now in Los Angeles.

  5. Very diplomatic of him, since we all saw with our own eyes that Patricia couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag

  6. The game after Patricia was fired I saw Stafford play with more passion where almost all of his passes were on target and he displayed accuracy that he hadn’t normally shown and the Lions won. That speaks for itself. Right now he’s playing the I’m not a problem. I get a long with everyone card.

  7. He didn’t have one thing to say after the thanksgiving loss in support of his coach while rumors swirled of a pending firing . Nice of him to take the high road but he could have gone to the owner and said give him time. Your actions speak louder than your words matt.

  8. Says the guy who didn’t want to go to New England. Kelly would have said no anyway, she helped talk their way out of Detroit anyway with her anti-lockdown rantings…

  9. Do you guys know how lame you sound when you talk trash about Stafford’s wife? Do you guys think this is site is PFHT, Pro Football Housewives Talk? I’m confused. You hate TO for making negative statements, and hate Stafford for not making negative statements?

    Yes, Stafford took the high road instead of trashing his old boss. That’s a smart business move – in any industry. It shows he’s a smart guy.

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