Lions’ Matt Patricia making an attempt to ‘construct round’ Matthew Stafford, downplays commerce rumors

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Matthew Stafford is about to be the Detroit Lions’ quarterback for the foreseeable future — no less than in line with coach Matt Patricia.

Patricia appeared on the NFL Community’s “Good Morning Soccer” and downplayed earlier studies that the crew wished to commerce the 32-year-old quarterback who solely performed half of final season because of accidents.

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“One of many foremost causes I got here to the Lions was for Matthew Stafford. I’ve the utmost respect for him as a participant. He is an outstanding teammate, nice soccer thoughts, he loves to speak the sport,” the third-year Lions head coach mentioned.

“I do perceive when coaches go right into a franchise, they’re making an attempt to redo every part there, possibly go along with a youthful or inexpensive quarterback. … However in our case right here, I am making an attempt to do the most effective I can to construct round Matt Stafford. I believe that is an important factor.”

Detroit was ready to draft Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert with the No. three decide of the draft final month however as a substitute took Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah.

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In a radio interview, Lions common supervisor Bob Quinn mentioned that taking Tagovailoa and utilizing the Alabama quarterback as a commerce piece wasn’t a viable possibility.

“Simpler – I might say a lot simpler – mentioned than performed,” Quinn mentioned by way of the Detroit Information. “How do I do know Tua was [Miami’s] man? How do I do know they didn’t really need an offensive sort out, which that they had talked quite a bit about. There are such a lot of maybes in that dialog, that’s why it doesn’t occur within the NFL. We don’t belief one another as GMs.

“I labored with [Dolphins GM] Chris Grier for a 12 months,” Quinn added. “My first 12 months within the league, Chris was in New England in 2000. So I do know Chris. Finally, such as you mentioned, it’s a sport of poker. On draft weekend, I take nobody’s phrase. I couldn’t sit there and honestly, for the Lions group, think about one thing like that since you by no means know what’s going to occur.”

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Stafford has been with Lions since 2009. He’s thrown for 41,025 passing yards and 256 touchdowns. However the Lions have solely made the playoffs 3 times since he took over they usually’ve misplaced every sport.



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