Lions are ‘totally comfortable’ with Matthew Stafford at QB
Matthew Stafford was sidelined for a decent portion of the 2019 season but that won’t deter the Detroit Lions from starting him in 2020. In an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Bob Quinn said that Detroit is content with Stafford being their starting quarterback next season.
“Yeah, I’m totally comfortable and happy that Matthew Stafford is our quarterback,” Quinn said in an interview with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “He’s going to be in full health once the offseason program starts its course. He’s pretty much at full health right now. I talked to him about 10 days ago. He was in the office. He’s feeling great. He’s in a good mindset. He’s excited.”
In the regular season for the Lions, Stafford was bothered by a back injury and began sitting out of practices. Despite him wanting to play through the injury, the Lions sidelined him for the final eight games of the season.
Before the injury, Stafford was having one of the best seasons of his career. For the Lions’ first eight games, the veteran quarterback had 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns, and five interceptions.
Additionally, Stafford had started in 136 consecutive games for Detroit since 2011. Only Philip Rivers had more consecutive starts among active quarterbacks in the NFL. Rivers has started in every regular-season game (224 games) since 2006 with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Even though Stafford is under contract through 2022, many people were beginning to wonder if the Lions could trade him elsewhere. But with Quinn’s latest comments, Detroit appears to be elated to get Stafford back in 2020.