NFL News: Detroit Entering Another Rebuild

The Patriots didn’t win, but Brady got another ring, putting the whole conversation about it, Bill or Brady, to bed.

Now, post-Super-Bowl LV, teams are already jockeying to be the next contender. Will the Buccaneers be back in the Super Bowl mix in 2021-2022? Will the Chiefs make an appearance in the big game for the third year straight?

We are not sure. But here’s what we do know.

Matthew Stafford to LA, Jeff Goff to Detroit

Sorry for voicing this out loud, but if I was Jeff Goff, I’d be bummed out. I’m sure there are many lovely aspects to living in Detroit, but I mean … Sun, babes, and palm trees versus brutal winters, factories, and water that you can light on fire in your kitchen sink in surrounding towns.

But I digress. After 12 years in the Motor City, and setting pretty all the Lions passing records ever, Stafford is heading to LA. According to Stafford, he never thought he would finish his NFL career anywhere but Detroit.

“To be honest, Kelly and I probably started talking about it before last season,” he said. “It was one of those things where, you know, we were hoping that, golly, let’s go, I hope this thing takes off and we play great. But if it doesn’t, you just knew what was going to happen. They were going to tear it down and rebuild. And anytime you switch GMs and a head coach, you know that they’re going to want to bring their own people in, and that’s going to take time. And I, frankly, didn’t feel like I was the appropriate person to oversee that time.” – Stafford via

As a non-partial person regarding the Lions, I do not blame Matthew Stafford for Detroit’s lack of postseason appearances over the last decade. He’s a great QB. I blame a historically unwise – yes, I wanted to write stupid there– set of people in upper-management for the Lions franchise. Just look at how they built around …oops I mean didn’t build around Joey Harrington, who was a prototypical, accurate, pocket passer with a high ceiling. But, instead, his best years were wasted playing for a team that couldn’t put any of the right pieces in place.

So, know we’ll see another rebuild in Detroit. Stafford is gone, Patricia is gone, Bob Quinn is gone. Ok … too bad they’ll replace them and then most likely top brass will find ways to undermine key decisions and then blame the coach and GM for failures down the road. Here is what the Lions really need: New Owners.

Now, poor Jeff Goff has to go to a team that has a proven history of wasting QB talent. That said, at least he’s already been to a Super Bowl. And according to Goff, with regards to moving on, the feeling is mutual.

“As the quarterback, as the guy that’s at arguably the most important position on the field, if you’re in a place that you’re not wanted and they want to move on from you, the feeling’s mutual,” Goff told Farmer. “You don’t want to be in the wrong place. It became increasingly clear that was the case. [The trade] is something that I’m hopeful is going to be so good for my career.” – Jeff Goff via

I’m sure that both of these teams will be longshots to win the Super Bowl next season. But hey, it might be worth a few bucks, like a lottery ticket. You can use a odds calculator to figure out how much you would win for any amount risked once the odds come out.

This leads me to wonder about the season wins total lines that will eventually be set for each team. I can’t imagine sportsbooks listing the Lions at more than 6.5 wins in 2021. The Rams, perhaps we’ll see a number closer to .500, Stafford, at least, will be stepping into a functioning franchise with a decent defense.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Will Goff have any measure of success in Detroit? Will Stafford be the answer the Rams are looking for? Answers are yet to come.

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