It's Saturday night, you sure as hell don't need to be reading my little blog right now, but I'm glad that you are. I hope you're having a nice Saturday! I've been using my day off being a man of my word by spending it improving my Photoshop and the Adobe Creative Cloud abilities.
I've been so busy trying make up for years of being behind the internet 8-ball, that I haven't blogged since Wednesday night when I wrote about a classic one hit wonder band reuniting in the name of democracy.
I spent all night Thursday making Bernie memes and used Friday night to relax after wasting another week of my life teaching/not working for Barstool Sports.
As much I want to master all these Adobe programs, at the end of the day, I'm a writer and I need to be behind the keyboard. I probably should've paid my respects to Hank Aaron and Larry King, but I wasn't really in an obit mood. Plus, I bet if you asked Hammerin' Hank or Larry they would've wanted me to focus on my memeing. They both knew how much improving my skills to help me obtain my dream job means to me.
But, when news breaks (at this point over an hour ago) that one of the QBs on your personal shortlist of potential new Patriots QBs, you gotta stop watching tutorials and get to writing blogs. LFG THE LIONS ARE FINALLY SETTING MATTHEW STAFFORD FREE!!
Look, I like Cam, I bought his jersey, I know I've been super knee-jerky with my takes on him and whether or not I want him back in New England, but regardless what happens with him, I think he was put in a very difficult position this season.
When you factor in how late he signed, the lack of a preseason, missing time with COVID, and a horrible supporting cast...I really don't know how much you can blame him for the Patriots 7-9 season. Maybe he's hurt or he just hasn't got it anymore, but there were flashes this year. Combine that with his past and the lack of realistic replacement options, I wasn't in the "you have to move on from Cam camp", even though I do not expect him back.
That being said, all season my best friend tier amigo/roommate/e-bro/former teammate/#43 Burgers director and I have been talking about how much we want Matt Stafford in New England and how underrated he is.
You see tons of people crying and bitching on twitter about how someone needs to "save DeShaun Watson" after four seasons with the Texans. I don't disagree with the sentiment, the Texans are a bum ass organization that's never going to win a Super Bowl, but the dude's been there for four years and just signed an extension that I'm almost positive was done without a gun to his head AFTER the Texanstraded D-Hop in a deal that makes the Mookie Betts trade look good from the Red Sox perspective. He's not the first good to great QB who played for a bad organization and for most of his time in Houston they've been competitive. Year one the Texans were .500 before he got hurt and in years two & three they made the playoffs. It took less than one bad year for everybody to be like SAVE DESHAUN. Meanwhile, Stafford has been wasting away in Detroit since 2009.
Matthew Stafford has played for three head coaches and four offensive coordinators since coming into the league. You know how many 1,000 yard rushers he's had throughout his career? I do, it's one and its barely one; Reggie Bush had 1,006 yards in 2013 (7 seasons ago). In fact, the Lions went 70 games (Week 13 2013 to Week 3 2018); almost 5 full seasons without a 100 yard rusher and it's not like he had a string of backs putting up huge numbers then it went cold for five years...Stafford's played 11 games in his career where a teammate rushed for over 100 yards.
Besides having Calvin Johnson (who retired after the 2015 season), Stafford's pass catchers haven't done him too many favors either.
Over the course of his career, the Lions defense average finish in points allowed is 20.833. If you take out 2014 where the Lions defense finished 3rd in points allowed, their average finish is 22.45. In 7 of his 12 seasons in Detroit, the Lions defense finished outside the top 20; twice they were dead last.
I know he's battled injuries and played inside a dome his whole career, but I think Matt Stafford would be a great fit in New England. He's #1 on my off-season wish list. Everybody is so ready to declare Brady the winner in this ugly divorce because he made the playoffs and the Pats went 7-9 as if that wasn't because of a great coaching. This was not a 7-9 type of team. I'd love to see how Belichick would be able to do with this former #1 overall pick who's wasted the first dozen years of his career in the motor city. I don't know if bringing Matt Patricia back to New England helps the cause or not, but it does mean the Pats will have plenty of intel on him.
The Pats aren't gonna trade for DeShaun Watson, Carson Wentz is likely staying in Philly (and I want zero part of him) or going to Indy. With QBs like Trevor Lawerence, Justin Fields and Trey Lance likely off the board by the time the Patriots pick at 15 what's left? I guess there's the possibly of them drafting Mac Jones, but my gut just tells me he's not gonna be the dude in the NFL. Maybe the Pats flip that pick to Detroit? Of all the possible QBs out there, give me Matthew Stafford. He really has played great most of his career, he's just been on one of the worst teams in all of sports.
Brady went to an all star team and put up great numbers. I'll always love Tom and I'm sure Bill will too, but if you don't think he's going to do all he can to reload to change this narrative from "it was all Brady" you're crazy. What bigger flex would it be for one of the greatest coaches of all time to turn Matthew Stafford into a winner this late in his career?
IF Bill won a Super Bowl with Stafford, IMO that's much more impressive than Brady (potentially) winning it all with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, A.B., Gronk and a top 8 (s/o myspace) defense. We'll see what happens, but it looks like Matthew Stafford is leaving Detroit.
Half the time that it took me to publish this blog from when this story broke was spent making this primitive ass first look at Matt Stafford in a Patriots uni.
See this is why I need to practice!