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Why Lions fans should worry about Stafford

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07:24 AM ET 12.17 | Jim Schwartz may just have found some company on the hot seat. Matthew Stafford isn't absolved from accountability for a self-inflicted collapse that's strongly competing for one of the greatest meltdowns in the history of a franchise fraught with liquefying physically and emotionally when the pressure turns up. ... The Lions can't jettison the head coach and the "franchise" quarterback who just signed a long-term extension. That leaves them with no other choice but finding a more offensive-minded head coach who can fix Stafford. But at some point Stafford must realize that raw talent and sufficient nerve don't automatically equate to quarterbacking greatness. There should be legitimate concerns through the Lions organization about how Stafford honestly sees himself as a NFL quarterback.

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December 17, 2013  07:58 AM ET

Bye Bye, Jim.

December 17, 2013  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Bye Bye, Jim.

Yep. A few weeks ago, players on other teams and former players of his own were publicly stating they don't respect him. Now, another late season collapse will seal his fate.

It will be interesting to see who is next in line; coaching the Lions is a career killer.

December 17, 2013  08:33 AM ET

There are lots of pieces that are on the cusp of either greatness or failure. The more talent you posess, the higher the stakes are in order to translate said talent into success on the field.

December 17, 2013  08:49 AM ET

The owner loves this guy, as the Great Mel Brooks once said, may the Schwartz be with you!

December 17, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The owner loves this guy, as the Great Mel Brooks once said, may the Schwartz be with you!

Maybe they'll trade Stafford then?????

December 17, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Don't you just love all the armchair critics this time of year?

December 17, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Pressure
Pushing down on me
Pressing down on you
No man ask for
Under pressure
That burns a building down
Splits a family in two
Puts people on streets

December 17, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Don't you just love all the armchair critics this time of year?

That's what we're here for.

December 17, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

That's what we're here for.

Yes, indeed.

December 17, 2013  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Yes, indeed.

You must have enjoyed watching that kick sail through the uprights from 61 yds out.

December 17, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Stafford deserves some criticism, but the receivers - including Megatron - continually dropping balls also is part of the blame. Too, the defense is good, but could be better.Lots of blame is available. Point fingers at yourself, gents.

Stafford was solely responsible that last win-killing pick. He basically Romo-ed his own team in yet another Lions' "Doh!" moment.

December 17, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Maybe they'll trade Stafford then?????

Stafford is 3rd in the league in passing yards, but 20th in passer rating and 30th in completion percentage. With those stats, it's tough to tell whether a it's the QB or the system. Since starter-worthy QBs are so difficult to find, the Lions need to keep Stafford and tweak their offensive system.

December 17, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Stafford was solely responsible that last win-killing pick. He basically Romo-ed his own team in yet another Lions' "Doh!" moment.

I thought he "Eli'd" it.....

December 17, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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You must have enjoyed watching that kick sail through the uprights from 61 yds out.

Me too. Packers @ Bears: play-in playoff game... The way it should be.

December 17, 2013  09:21 AM ET

He's thrown a lot of interceptions in some of those losses, but I'm pretty sure he was like this in college too. He has fantastic ability, when he's hot, but when he runs cold he is pretty bad as well.

December 17, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Bye Bye, Jim.

He's gotta go. The team plays with no discipline and lacks the awareness to win close games.

December 17, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You must have enjoyed watching that kick sail through the uprights from 61 yds out.

That little Tucker has quite a leg.

December 17, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Me too. Packers @ Bears: play-in playoff game... The way it should be.

Makes sense to flex it into the night game, but I think it's too late.

 
December 17, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

He's thrown a lot of interceptions in some of those losses, but I'm pretty sure he was like this in college too. He has fantastic ability, when he's hot, but when he runs cold he is pretty bad as well.

His throwing mechanics always come into question when he has multiple-int games.

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