With Matthew Stafford’s future in Detroit uncertain, it seems as good a time as ever to flood your feed with articles on how much his teammates respect him.
In addition to Jeremy’s piece on teammate reactions after Matthew Stafford played with grit on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans despite his injuries, I really loved what Marvin Jones Jr. had to say and wanted to share it in full.
“I love the guy, man. He’s a warrior. I feel like I say this every time I talk about him, but you can tell everything means a lot to him. All this means a lot to him — being on the field, being with his brothers, stuff like that. They just don’t make them like that no more,” Jones told media after Sunday’s game.
Stafford spent the week nursing a brutal rib injury. He’s not one to talk about being in pain, but it seemed pretty bad — his wife Kelly Stafford, posting on Instagram: “I would be lying if I said I was pleased he told me he was going to play after what I witnessed in our house this past week.” But Stafford once agains and put up a good fight against the Titans.
“We all know he’s tough, we all know that he could do his thing. Nobody really know how he feels but you can see he’s a competitor at all costs. I would always rally behind him just because he’s proved time and time that he’s dependable and ... tough as nails, and that’s what everybody aspires to be.”
You can see comments from Jones, D’Andre Swift, and Stafford himself about Sunday below:
And onto the rest of your notes.
- A very correct take from Dave Birkett explaining how the Lions need a major defensive overhaul after the Titans exposed the team’s biggest weaknesses.
- Chris Burke and Nick Baumgardner offer a suggestion — perhaps Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith may be worth a head-coaching interview — as well as nine other observations from Sunday’s game. (Subscription required)
- The latest 3 & Out with Chris Spielman is a little different, featuring some comments on how excited he is to join the Lions.
- It was neat to see Trey Flowers pop up on NFL.com’s introduction to the 32 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominees about 35 seconds in.
- Some Matt Prater praise.
- Carlos Monarrez for the Free explains how former Super Bowl winning quarterback and CBS NFL Today analyst Phil Simms is a proud member of Matthew Stafford’s fan club and wants him to move on and win something.
- Daniel Kelly for Sports Illustrated’s All Lions ponders what Scott Pioli could bring to the Lions if hired as the next general manager.