The Detroit Lions could not have put each Matthew Stafford and their very own franchise in higher positions from the commerce that despatched the crew’s all-time passing chief to the Los Angeles Rams. Stafford was despatched to a corporation that could be a Super Bowl contender with him at quarterback, whereas the Lions obtained Jared Goff, first-round draft picks in 2022 and 2023 and a third-round choose in 2021.
Stafford had one commerce request from Detroit, and may be very appreciative of the Lions for fulfilling his want.
“What’s correct is — and that is an unimaginable factor by (the Lions) — I requested to go to a crew that was able to win a championship,” Stafford mentioned, via Mitch Album of the Detroit Free-Press. “And, you understand, there have been just a few groups on that record. There have been just a few groups that weren’t on that record. And so they had been respectful of that and understood fully. I had ideas and causes for every one in every of them.”
Whereas Stafford had an inventory of groups he wished to go to — he neither confirmed nor denied the report that he instructed the Lions to not commerce him to the Patriots — the primary purpose was to compete for a championship after enjoying for a crew like Detroit, a franchise that gained simply 79 video games since Stafford’s rookie yr (2009), tied for the sixth-fewest wins within the NFL in that span. The Rams have gained 43 video games for the reason that begin of the 2017 season (Sean McVay’s first yr as head coach) — tied for fourth-most within the league.
Stafford did handle the concept he was sad with Matt Patricia, who was fired after going 13-29-1 as Lions coach and returned to the Patriots as an assistant: “He and I had a superb relationship, it doesn’t matter what anyone desires to say,” Stafford mentioned.
Stafford has probably the most passing yards (45,109) by a participant’s first 165 video games in NFL historical past and his 282 landing passes are the seventh most by a participant’s first 165 video games. Stafford has probably the most fourth quarter comebacks (31) within the NFL since his rookie season in 2009 and his 38 game-winning drives are second within the league throughout that span (behind solely Drew Brees).
Enjoying for a Tremendous Bowl contender might be Stafford’s path to the Corridor of Fame, particularly if he is in a position to seize a championship.