In an annual put up containing nameless predictions, one NFL govt predicted to ESPN’s Mike Sando that the Lions would commerce Matthew Stafford:
“Stafford signed his present contract in August 2017, earlier than Matt Patricia took over as head coach. The pondering behind this prediction is Patricia might need to set his personal course along with his personal quarterback. Buying and selling Stafford would give the Lions wanted draft capital to rebuild their roster.
Patricia and [general manager Bob] Quinn each spent a very long time within the Patriots’ group, the place they watched Tom Brady very intently,” an insider mentioned. “They’re going to need any person who prepares and manages the sport extra like Tom.”
One other insiders added: “Patricia goes to say, ‘This isn’t the man that’s going to get me fired,”
It’s arduous to sum up Stafford’s 2018 season as something apart from dangerous. His numbers are down throughout the board from final season and he has typically appeared baffled on the sector in his 10th season. His 23rd-ranked QBR positive doesn’t seem to justify his $27 million annual wage that ranks fifth amongst all quarterbacks.
But, with all that mentioned, some workforce would hit the lottery if the Lions really traded the previous Professional Bowler.
They key to this prediction can also be what’s at the moment incorrect with the Lions and Stafford: Matt Patricia. The first motive Stafford has taken such a steep fall again this season is due to his new coach. In his first 12 months as head coach, Patrica has been unprofessional, petty, and fully in over his head. As Albert Breer famous, his relationship with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter has not been excellent, both. Which seemingly has resulted in Stafford’s decline as he has meshed nicely in Cooter’s offense.
Now let’s be clear, Stafford isn’t, and can by no means be a nice quarterback. However earlier than Mr. Sit Up Straight took over, he was a prime 10 quarterback who weekly did his half for the Lions to achieve success. Simply final season, Stafford put up among the finest statistics within the NFL whereas constantly flashing his machine-like arm. The Lions can be absolute fools to maneuver on from him in any respect, not to mention in favor of a coach that has confirmed nothing and doesn’t appear like he’s going to show something.
Stafford’s contract definitely would make it difficult for some groups to commerce for him with a base wage that’s absolutely assured for the 2019 season, however wanting over each workforce’s scenario, not less than 15 groups can be higher off with Stafford as their beginning quarterback subsequent season. Zero groups can be higher off with Patricia as their head coach.
Stafford needs to stay in Detriot, and the protected wager is he’ll. But when he doesn’t, it isn’t arduous to examine a situation the place he’s having success elsewhere and the Lions are nonetheless irrelevant.