While in town to film a "This Is SportsCenter" commercial, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford stopped by the set of SportsCenter for an interview. He discussed several topics, including his 5,000-yard season, what's next for the Lions, what it's like to play with Calvin Johnson, his reaction to Gisele Bundchen's comments after the Super Bowl and what his prediction is for the Lions in 2012. Video of the interview can be found after the jump.
My favorite answers from the interview were Stafford's responses to the questions about what to expect next season. Here they are (via MLive, which has a transcript of the interview):
CK: Last year you predicted you'd play every game and the Lions would be a playoff team. What's your prediction for next year?
Stafford: Hopefully more of the same. I enjoyed playing all the games, being out there with the guys. Hopefully we can make it back to the playoffs and make a run at it.
CK: One and done in the playoffs?
Stafford: No, hopefully we're going further. It's not fun going one and done, that's for sure.
Over the last few years, the Lions have slowly improved. They went from the bottom of the league to the middle and to the top half this past season. Now, the next step is for the Lions to sustain the success they had in 2011 by again making the playoffs and actually winning a game in the postseason. They only have one playoff victory since 1957, so it's obviously easier said than done, but that is what the Lions need to strive to do next.