How the Lions are run has to change
After last Sunday’s injury to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, it has re-fueled the Matthew Stafford trade talks. Many believe that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is infatuated with Stafford. After all, Matthew is a Dallas native, and acquiring him would seem to be a win-win for the Cowboys.
But that’s not going to happen.
First of all, any chance that Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia have of saving their jobs is tied to Matthew leading the Lions on a run to playoff contention. At this point, this regime wouldn’t trade Matthew for anything.
Secondly, because the Ford family can’t seem to grasp the whole ‘we can do better’ concept, any trade talks involving Matthew would be vetoed. This isn’t to say that Matthew is the problem or trading him is the cure to all that ails this franchise, but if we look at these Lions honestly, they need a complete overhaul.
That means getting a general manager who can build a winner, a head coach that gets the most out of his players, and Sheila Ford Hamp saying ‘do whatever is necessary’.
Only then will the Lions have any real chance of actually turning the page from all the decades of losing and be able to build something worthwhile.
With the Lions presently on course to have another high draft pick and an opportunity for a new regime, if Sheila makes a change, to select their quarterback of the future if they like, then a decision will need to be made.
Because that new regime has to be allowed to make their own decision regarding what they want to do with Matthew Stafford. If they want to keep him, great. But if they believe that trading him is in the Lions’ best interest, then so be it.
If Sheila has hired a football mind who she trusts to make the Lions winners, then it will be easy to trade Matthew if that is the decision of that new general manager. If she prefers to stay the course of what has been narrow-minded thinking by the Ford family for so long, the Lions will continue to be losers, which is not Matthew’s fault.
There is still plenty of the season left for the Lions to get hot against some lackluster opponents on their schedule and for the decision to be made to keep Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia and continue what seems to be a course to nowhere.
If that is the case then Matthew Stafford isn’t going anywhere. But if Sheila Ford Hamp decides to bring in a new regime and allows them to do whatever they believe is necessary, then anything could happen.