Why Discuss This?
I have quite a few reasons.
First, it’s my chance to speculate about what a general manager, like the Lions’ Bob Quinn, might do if this were to happen.
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It can happen, we remember (too well) former Lions running back and Hall of Famer, Barry Sanders, impromptu retirement before the 1999 season.
If Stafford just decided to call it a career, right before training camp, it wouldn’t be the first heartbreak for Lions fans.
Second, many fans have this fantasy. Like speculating about zombie attacks, taking a glance at how prepared we would be for such an event is a good crisis exercise for a cruel world.
Do not be fooled, football is a cruel world full of harsh reality. The Walking Dead has nothing on our Sunday pastime.
Third, obviously this isn’t the busiest time of year for football news and this gives us something to discuss that has a purpose. What would be the plan if our quarterback retired, or couldn’t play anymore?