By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
I interrupt Guest Writers Week for this article about the Lions.
John Matthew Stafford, the franchise quarterback for the Detroit Lions, didn’t start on Sunday.
Matthew Stafford had started 136 consecutive regular-season games entering today, the 6th-longest streak for a QB in NFL history. The last Lions’ QB to start a game other than Stafford was Shaun Hill, in Week 17 of the 2010 season, when he beat the Vikings 20-13.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2019
And while there have been a lot of starting QBs missing time this season, this one is significant. Sort of along the lines of Panthers QB Cam Newton. While the franchise isn’t expecting to move on from Stafford, it should hopefully have the team thinking about what happens when that comes to pass.
And it could be closer than we realize. On the heels of QB Andrew Luck‘s sudden retirement, you think about what Matthew Stafford has been through as a starting quarterback. He has taken plenty of his fair share of hits and played through several injuries. To his shoulders, his back, and his thumb. These have hurt him more than he’s let on, yet he keeps getting up and going back.
You also think about his family, and what perspective that has given him. He has 3 adorable little girls under the age of 2 1/2 or so and a wife who was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor in the offseason and had a 12-hour brain surgery and still has some residual effects from the tumor surgery. And now, Stafford has a back injury that could keep him out for a few weeks. One can easily see how Matthew might be taking all of this into consideration and if he wants to continue to play. The Matthew Stafford Lions fans have come to know, will think that he’s coming back. But with all that’s gone on in his personal life this past offseason, you really have to wonder if he will.
The Lions will need to have a plan and fast. With the Packers winning, the division is pretty much out of reach for the Lions now. One would think that the Lions will sit Stafford, and let the chips fall where they may. It’s time to evaluate the roster and see what needs can be addressed in the draft.
One of those is going to be a quarterback.
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