Lions: Teammates Come to Matthew Stafford’s Defense


While today’s Detroit Lions news centered on the firing of general manager Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand, the fallout cast a much bigger shadow. It is clear everyone who remains will be under close scrutiny for the rest of the season, from front office personnel on down to the players.

That certainly includes high-profile players like starting quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Soon after the news of the departure of Mayhew and Lewand was announced, speculation started swirling about what it would mean for Stafford with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reporting that Stafford’s future with the Lions is in doubt.

Punter Sam Martin took to twitter to voice his support of Stafford, indicating that no one in the locker room questions whether Stafford is the guy to lead their team.

Appearing on 105.1 FM in Detroit this afternoon with Matt Dery and Drew Sharp, Rapoport said that Stafford was unable to take on as much information as former offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi would have liked.

That’s a dot that can probably be connected to the most vociferous response to the Stafford chatter today came from his backup, Dan Orlovsky.

Orlovsky was on fire there for a while but lost me when he brought up the Pro Bowl MVP. It took several quarterbacks pulling out of the even for Stafford to even be named a Pro Bowler and the lack of real defense being played is a pretty nice set up for a slinger like Stafford. And really, Orlovsky didn’t even need to go there. He’s in the locker room and the meetings with Stafford so his opinion should carry weight without the need to point to stats or honors, especially an honor like a Pro Bowl MVP.