The end of the Stafford era

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After Stafford’s monumental career in Detroit, it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of his career plays out.

William Himelhoch, Staff Writer

Ever since being drafted first overall in the 2009 draft by the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford has been the face of the franchise. For 11 grueling years he has been with the team day in and day out through all the struggles and hardships the have come his way. Stafford has been by far the team’s greatest quarterback to rock the silver and blue and with recent news of his departure from the team, it’s a fate that many knew would come.

 

Stafford now enters the realm of trading as some teams are interested in the 32-year-old’s leadership and value. Stafford’s stats for Detroit show his excellence and ability to thrive in pressure situations. With 38 comeback wins and 8 in the 2016 season, the game was never over unless Stafford said so. He led the team to only three playoffs games but sadly, with no wins. The Lions have always struggled as a team in the playoffs and for Stafford to even get us there was somewhat of a miracle. But now it is time to part ways with our favorite quarterback and look towards the future of the organization with a new coach and definitely a new quarterback. New coach Dan Campbell is the crazy and passionate coach we need. Campbell already showed his enthusiasm and want to win in his press conference where he exemplified his high energy attitude. As for the next quarterback for the team, it will likely depend upon what happens with Stafford’s trade. The Lions could either trade for an available quarterback such as Deshaun Watson, or trade for a draft pick and draft one from the upcoming class.

 

Stafford has spent his entire career in Detroit so seeing him in another team’s uniform will sure be interesting and heartbreaking. The fans love him, but it is time to let him go. Among the teams interested in Stafford the most prominent are the Broncos, Colts, and Patriots. All three of these teams have very shaky quarterback situations and Stafford could provide guidance and a sense of stability as the teams look for their next franchise quarterback. Personally, I feel the Colts would be the best fit for Stafford. The Colts former quarterback, Philip Rivers, announced his retirement just recently and Stafford would fit right in with the system being a similar pocket passer like Rivers. He would be surrounded by a lot of young talent and also the great longtime wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.

 

The departure of Matthew Stafford will surely be a sad one for Lions fans across America. The city of Detroit will always recognize his heart and leadership on and off the field. Stafford has been great to us fans and I can only apologize for the Lions wasting his career. I wish him the best of luck with his next team and hope to see more success than he had here in Detroit.