Matthew Stafford Entering Career Crossroads with Detroit Lions in 2015

July 7, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Last season, Matthew Stafford was given a wise, fatherly, offensive-minded head coach with Super Bowls under his belt and a stamp of approval from Peyton Manning. Stafford was given a bright young offensive coordinator plucked from one of the most aggressive passing offenses in the game. He was given a high-profile free-agent wideout and a high-flying rookie tight end.
He didn't do much with them.
Yes, the Lions won 11 games. Yes, Stafford finally snuck into the Pro Bowl. But the 2009 No. 1 overall pick didn't just fall far short of his once-obvious potential, he was arguably worse than Jay Cutler—whose disastrous season got just about everyone at Halas Hall fired.
If the Lions hadn't had the NFL's No. 3 scoring defense in 2014, they wouldn't have come anywhere near the playoffs. Without All-Pro Ndamukong Suh anchoring that unit, the pressure's on Stafford to produce. With reinforcements at running back and offensive line, and a full offseason in Joe Lombardi's off...

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