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Rams QB Matthew Stafford shares big regret about unpleasant past

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It might take time for NFL fans — particularly those with affinity with the Detroit Lions — before they can get used to seeing quarterback Matthew Stafford taking snaps and lobbing passes in a Los Angeles Rams jersey.  

With the Lions under a new general manager in Brad Holmes, the team’s direction also got reconfigured and Stafford was apparently not part of the long-term plan, hence the trade that sent him to the Rams in exchange for Jared Goff and a couple of future draft picks back in January. 

If it were up to Stafford, he’d probably be happy sticking with the Lions and helping the franchise reach the goal of having a parade downtown with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. That he was not able to do that in his 12 seasons in Detroit is something that Matthew Stafford regrets to this day

Via Peter King’s Football Morning in America:

FMIA: Any part of you feel you let the franchise down there?Stafford: “Definitely. I sit there and go, ‘Man, I wish I could’ve gotten it done.’ I mean, it would’ve been amazing to have a Super Bowl parade down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Didn’t happen. Tough pill to swallow as a competitor and somebody who touches the ball on every single offensive play. You definitely look back and wish you’d done a few things different here or there in some games, that maybe change the outcomes of seasons, but I’m focused completely forward now.

During Stafford’s time in Detroit, the Lions were only able to get to the playoffs a total of three times, each ending in a loss in the Wild Card round. The Lions also did not make it to the postseason in Stafford’s final four seasons with the team.

Now with the Rams, who are pretty much loaded on offense, Stafford will look to have the success he didn’t have in his previous team.