A few weeks ago this would have been an absurd question to ask. Matthew Stafford, QB of the Detroit Lions, willed his team to a victory over the Dallas Cowboys and it looked like he had finally grown into his role of on the field and in the locker room leader of an emerging playoff contender. He had his team at 6-3 and in the driver’s seat for their first divisional title since 1993. The next two games were against teams with a combined record of 4-14 and it looked like the Lions could go into a Thanksgiving Day showdown against the Aaron Rodgers less Green Bay Packers with 7 or 8 wins under their belt.
Then the spotlight got a little too bright and Stafford started to wilt under the pressure of not being an underdog anymore but being the favorite to win the NFC North. In the last two games Stafford has thrown five interceptions for his five TD's and the Lions lost both games. Now they enter a Thanksgiving Day must win situation to help tread water on the 2013 season.
In response to a poor effort, across the board, by the team last Sunday Super Bowl Champion Reggie Bush suggested the team hold a players only meeting before the 2013 season slipped away. Bush said that the players needed to look deep inside themselves and find out what they were made of. Bush is absolutely correct in that assessment and Stafford disagreed with him and gave this quote as reported by profootballtalk.com:
This is a team I’ve been around awhile and we have strong leaders on this team who can get it taken care of just in individual groups and we’ve got leaders at every position.
If that statement was true how could the Lions go out and drop two games (one at home against a team that was winless on the road) they should have won?
It is that quote that underscores what is wrong with the Lions. From Owner William Clay Ford to Stafford the Lions all think they are the smartest guys in pro football. Why listen to a veteran player who won a Super Bowl? When clearly this is a staff and a roster that knows all about what it takes to win one. Never mind the fact this franchise has never even played in one.