Detroit Lions: Is it more about the players or the uniform?

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As long as the Lions win, I don’t care who suits up

When all is said and done, we can cheer for our former Lions today as they play the biggest game of their lives in Super Bowl LIV and try to bring a championship back to San Francisco, but how much satisfaction will that really bring?

For those of us who have seen the futility of this franchise for far too long, there are no celebrations to be had while watching other teams in other cities hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

It’s all about the Detroit Lions finding a way to break their curse and not only getting to the Super Bowl but winning it. Anything less sucks and that is what we have been treated to for far, far too long. Six decades of clueless to lousy football is more than anyone can stand.

The point is that starting with Martha Firestone Ford herself, this franchise has to get it right and Lions fans need to understand that it isn’t about who is wearing a Lions uniform, it’s about how the Detroit Lions play.

One of the most polarizing and popular players in Lions history is quarterback Matthew Stafford. I think most fans want to see him get a chance to lead the Lions to a championship. Just like they used to obsess with the idea of Barry Sanders getting a chance to win it all.

But it goes back to my same point, I don’t care who is wearing the Lions uniform, I only care that they win it all. If Matthew led Detroit to a championship, then great I have no problem with that. If the Lions decided to trade Matthew then actually won the Super Bowl with someone else under center, guess what? I’m fine with that too.

My loyalty is to see the Lions win because that is what it is supposed to be about. If trading my Father, Brother, Cousin or Uncle would bring a Super Bowl championship to Detroit, then they would be gone in a heartbeat.

We can talk about the amazing feats of Barry Sanders, Matthew Stafford or Calvin Johnson all we want, but singing the praises of the Lions actually winning the Super Bowl would be so much sweeter.

Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia have one offseason to turn this franchise around. If they fail, then Martha Firestone Ford will be searching for a new regime to get the job done. What this means is simple, the Lions need to do whatever is necessary to build a winner.

If that means cutting or trading players that have become popular with the fans, so be it. You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs. If it’s just a matter of making the right moves, which has been an Achilles heel for this franchise.

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If Matthew Stafford is healthy and given protection, much less a ground game and defense, then these Lions can win, but if this regime can’t add the right pieces, then Mrs. Ford might as well start breaking eggs herself because this city is starving for a champion.