Matthew Stafford is certainly happy to be in Los Angeles now that the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms to make him a Ram in 2021. But according to one report, Stafford would have pretty much been fine going anywhere... expect for one place. Per NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran, Stafford specifically asked the Lions not to trade him to the New England Patriots.
“Stafford told the Lions they could send him anywhere but New England,” Curran wrote on Sunday.
After a three-year stint of Matt Patricia’s mutated version of the Patriot Way in Detroit, that should come as little surprise. Patricia not only turned the team into an even bigger loser on the field, but he lost the respect of several of the leaders in that locker room. There were even reports that Stafford and Patricia clashed at times. Remember this from Kyle Meinke of MLive.com?
“The veteran, franchise quarterback wasn’t a fan of Patricia’s talking-down style, according to multiple sources in a position to know,” Meinke wrote in December.” I believe there is more to the story, but that’s what I have confirmed and feel comfortable reporting at this time.”
And while Bill Belichick is not the same person as Patricia, we’ve heard enough out of Foxborough to know that things are run pretty similarly over there. Oh, and Patricia also appears to be on his way back to the Patriots to coach in some fashion.
It’s an odd development considering how storied of a history the Patriots franchise is, but for anyone that actually knew Stafford, this doesn’t come as a surprise at all. It’s too bad for New England, because they could certainly use a player like Stafford right now and were reportedly interested in getting him.
Instead, the Lions sent Stafford to one of his top destinations on the west coast.