Matthew Stafford continues to feel the warmth of opponents who think he is an overpaid slingshot artist who comes up…
Matthew Stafford continues to feel the warmth of opponents who think he is an overpaid slingshot artist who comes up small in great moments.
Thursday’s Thanksgiving sales campaign against Chicago Bears will not help the Detroit Lions quarterback. With the game knocking on to 16-16, Stafford threw a back-breaking pick-six on a flat road to tight end Michael Roberts as Bears security Eddie Jackson read all the way. Stafford then drove the Lions in place to try to tie the game, just to throw another intercept after a misunderstanding with Roberts who sealed the loss 23-16.
The mistake, along with being played by the journalist clippers Chase Daniel, has pitchforks out for Stafford.
However, QB has backers in the storage room.
“I do not like pointing fingers and I do not think it’s his fault,” said LeGarrette Blount via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “He is a good quarterback, he is very good at what he does, he is great at his craft. But there is no quarterback that will go into an entire season and not make any mistakes, so I think he’s human making mistakes, we make all mistakes and many mistakes give you a L. “
With the run-back to Kerryon Johnson and the recipient Marvin Jones, the Lions worked an ultra conservative playfield against the Bears Bulldozing defense. The highly armed Stafford was moved to an Alex Smith impersonator. According to Next Gen Stats, Stafford was 4.2 aircraft per attempt, his lowest since week 5 in 2016 (4.1). Watch Stafford throw 2-yard routes on 3rd and 4 left fans throwing turkey on TV.
Whether the latest tank and dunk strategy is a product of the offensive co-ordinator Jim Bob Cooter system, Stafford’s decision in game production or a confluence of factors remains a matter for which there has been no straight answer.
First year coach Matt Patricia declined on Thursday if the team expects more of his quarterback.
“I think we need more of all, to be honest with you,” said Patricia. “There were many games there where we all have to do more, whether it’s preparation or coaching or playing, anyway. There are many games that we all can point to.”
Lions did Stafford not favor trade Golden Tate. The quarterback now plays with a plethora of mostly No. 3 and 4 recipients behind Kenny Golladay and Jones. The Lions have one of the worst receiver units in getting a separation, which causes the signal caller to hold the ball for too long. Up and down offensive line games have killed Detroit this season. Considering how much Lions have invested in the unit over the years, the inconsistencies have been demoralizing.
Even with all problems, Stafford has not shown the consistent ability to make a bad situation better.
Stafford is the best quarterback Detroit has had since the 1950s, but has not been the rising tide that lifts all the boats. When you are the fifth highest paid quarterback in the NFL, fans are expecting more than the carcass they received on Thanksgiving.