Jan 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws the ball in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s get this out in the open, if the title doesn’t do it enough already. Matthew Stafford will never win a super bowl for the Detroit Lions. In fact, playoff berths that end early will be all Stafford will manage as he the leader of the Lions.
Now, let me stress this, Matthew Stafford is not a bad quarterback by any means. In fact he is a good quarterback, teammate and leader for the Lions. Yet, that only gets you so far in the NFL. Just ask Randall Cunningham, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. All great quarterbacks who never could win a Super Bowl.
This isn’t an attack on Stafford either. He is statically at times a great quarterback, yet the other times when he is bad he is well, bad. Midway through November the Detroit Lions saw this “at times bad” Stafford.
Oct 24, 2014; Bagshot, UNITED KINGDOM; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass at practice at the Pennyhill Park Hotel & The Spa in advance of the NFL International Series game against the Atlanta Falcons. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Two straight losses against the Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots saw the team only score 15 points between the two games. While those two games were against top teams in the league at the time, 6 points in one game and then 9 in the next is highly unacceptable when your team has players such as Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Joique Bell on it.
Again I want to stress this, Matthew Stafford isn’t a terrible quarterback. If we are drafting players for fantasy football, I’d start a team around him. However, he just isn’t going to win a Super Bowl and that is that.
With this offseason the Detroit Lions will have a lot to do. Their biggest priority, at least according to them, will be what happens with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The team will be looking to resign him long term and keep one of the best defensive player in the game on their side.
In July of 2013 Stafford agreed to a 3-year, $53 million extension. However now that the team needs to resign Suh, who has proven he is as much if not worth more than Stafford, and paying Stafford upwards of $10 million a season seems a little much for a guy that if you replace him with anyone else in the league you get some what similar numbers.
Suh is another level player and if he is due J.J. Watt money is debatable, he is still worth a good chunk of money for what he does. So while Watt and Suh are alike and very important to their teams, Stafford isn’t as important, in the sense that there are at least one person who could productively replace him.
If you’re looking to start a all-star team there is a good chance that on defense you would pick a Watt or a Suh. Yet when you move over to the other side of the ball, is your first or second pick at quarterback really Matthew Stafford? Probably not, in fact most people would more than likely pick a Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Russell Wilson. Guys who have proven themselves to be capable of winning a Super Bowl.
So while I’m not saying that Matthew Stafford is a bad quarterback, please don’t take this as that. I’m just saying that I don’t think for whatever reason Stafford won’t win a Super Bowl with the Detroit Lions.
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