3 reasons Matthew Stafford could be done in Detroit

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
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2. Regime Change

This might be the biggest reason Stafford could be done in Detroit. The fact is, the new regime might simply want to move on and start anew under center. And with the Lions’ currently possessing the seventh overall selection in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the team could easily land one of this year’s top quarterback prospects.

Although it’s hard to imagine any new head coach not wanting someone like Stafford under center, it didn’t go so well for the last guy. And if you truly want to make your own stamp on the team, there aren’t many more impactful moves than replacing the starting quarterback.

Let’s face it. The future of Stafford in the Motor City might be the first question applicants for both the general manager and head coaching positions are asked by this ownership group. And his presence on the team could both attract and sour potential candidates.

Asking a new regime to come to Detroit and do something numerous other general managers and coaching staffs haven’t been able to do for decades is already a monumental task. Anchoring their efforts with an aging quarterback coming off several injury-plagued seasons could be viewed as a deal-breaker. Especially considering there may be several other more attractive places to land.

For those who love No. 9 and want to see his hard work pay off in the Motor City, Matthew Stafford returning in 2021 is a no-brainer. That’s regardless of who the Lions hire as their next GM and head coach.

Unfortunately, owner Sheila Ford Hemp and the new regime in Detroit may not feel the same. Especially if parting ways with Stafford is part of the deal in order to secure the front office personnel and coaching staff this ownership group desires.