Replacing Matthew Stafford may not happen immediately
By Robert Jones
The Detroit Lions may move on from Matthew Stafford, but that doesn’t mean his replacement will even be on the roster next season.
The Detroit Lions are 1-0 under the direction of interim head coach Darrell Bevell. They are now taking aim at the Green Bay Packers to improve that record.
While most fans are lost in the frenzy of figuring out who the Detroit Lions’ new general manager and head coach will be, Darrell Bevell is focused on the here and now. He is focused on getting a win over the Packers and keeping his record as a head coach unblemished.
Make no mistake about it, this is a tall task for a team that doesn’t play defense well at all. Sure they dug in their heels last Sunday against the Chicago Bears in the second half and even made the key play to set up the Lions comeback victory, but there is a difference between playing defense against the Bears and the Packers. A big difference.
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky has done nothing to garner any comparisons to Aaron Rodgers who is playing this season with a chip on his shoulder. As a matter of fact, even in Rodgers’ worst games he still plays at a level far above Trubisky.
That isn’t an opinion that’s a fact. Mitch Trubisky had flourished against the Lions defense under former head coach Matt Patricia, but what other NFL team has he played well against?
For the Lions to defend the den against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, not only will the defense have to play better than they have all season, but Matthew Stafford will have to lead Bevell’s offense to an explosion of points.
The more things change the more they stay the same. For 12 years the Lions’ chances of victory have almost always ridden on the shoulders of Matthew Stafford to save them. The rest of this season will be no different. However, with a new regime being put into place, that may finally change.