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New Lions DC gives subtle criticism of Matt Patricia

Matt Patricia

It would be hard to categorize Matt Patricia’s two-plus seasons with the Detroit Lions as anything other than a failure, and he probably doesn’t need anyone to remind him of that. New defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn has decided to, anyway.

Glenn told reporters this week that he believes the current players on Detroit’s roster have a ton of potential. The issue, he says, is that they were “confused” for much of last season.

“When you look at the players, I think (head coach Dan Campbell) said it, that the players looked confused, I think with no confidence,” Glenn said, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “What we have to do is we have to do is change that narrative of their thinking so they can go out and play with confidence and play fast.”

Glenn added that the top priority of the new coaching staff is to give players the confidence they need to “let it loose.”

While you wouldn’t expect a new coach to come in and publicly criticize players, Glenn made it clear he believes coaching was the biggest issue in Detroit last season. That obviously reflects poorly on Patricia, though at least one veteran player already hinted that Patricia was the main problem.

Blaming Patricia and staff for things will only take Campbell and his staff so far. Eventually, it will be on them to right the ship. That’s what they were hired for.

Lions tried to get Aaron Donald in trade with Rams

Aaron Donald

The Detroit Lions aimed very, very high in initial trade talks surrounding quarterback Matthew Stafford. Their initial ask of the Los Angeles Rams demonstrates just how high.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions initially asked the Rams for defensive lineman Aaron Donald in exchange for Stafford. That obviously went nowhere, and the two sides ultimately did sort out a deal involving Jared Goff and two first-round picks.

It’s doubtful that even the Lions thought that request would go anywhere, and it was probably just a negotiation tactic. In the Lions’ eyes, it couldn’t hurt to ask, and it clearly didn’t jeopardize the chances of making a deal.

The Lions were certainly ambitious in the initial trade talks with the Rams, but the Rams’ initial attempts to upgrade at quarterback were pretty ambitious too.

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Calvin Johnson, Lions moving toward reconciliation

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions have not been on good terms since the wide receiver retired nearly five years ago, but it sounds like they have finally begun the process of clearing the air.

Johnson told Justin Rogers of the Detroit News on Sunday that he has had recent conversations with Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp, and the two sides are moving toward reconciling.

Johnson was officially announced on Saturday night as one of eight members of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Burying the hatchet with the Lions prior to his enshrinement this summer would be a nice step for both sides.

The Lions forced Johnson to pay back a portion of his signing bonus after he retired following the 2015 season, and that soured the relationship between the star receiver and the team. While the exact amount that Johnson paid back has not been disclosed, it is believed to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million. Johnson had signed an eight-year contract with Detroit in 2012.

Johnson said in 2019 that he would only reconcile with the Lions “when they put that money back in my pocket.

More recently, Johnson said publicly that the Lions once forced him to cover up a concussion he suffered.

It has long been expected that Johnson and the Lions would reconcile someday, similar to how Brett Favre did with the Green Bay Packers. That now seems likely to happen before Johnson is enshrined in Canton.

Lions ‘fired up’ to have Jared Goff

Jared Goff

The Los Angeles Rams feel they have a better chance to contend for a Super Bowl next season with Matthew Stafford under center, but it sounds like both teams feel they were winners in the Stafford-Jared Goff swap.

After he was traded to the Detroit Lions on Saturday, Goff told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington that his new team seems excited to have him. Goff has already spoken with new Lions head coach Dan Campbell, and he said it is clear the team views him as its starter heading into 2021.

The Rams sent two future first-round picks and a future third-round pick to Detroit for Stafford. Given how significant the return was, some have wondered if the Lions simply wanted to buy first-round picks by taking on Goff’s contract. That was likely a factor, but it sounds like they believe in Goff as a starter as well.

Goff signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension with the Rams prior to the 2019 season. The hefty contract is the reason L.A. had to give up so much draft capital to convince the Lions to make the swap.

There is still a chance the Lions could cut Goff after 2022, but they are definitely going to give him a fair shot.

Matthew Stafford traded to Rams for Jared Goff, multiple draft picks

Matthew Stafford

The Los Angeles Rams just got a major upgrade at quarterback.

The Rams traded for Matthew Stafford on Saturday. They are paying a price though. In return for Stafford, the Rams are sending the Detroit Lions Jared Goff, two first-round picks, and a third-round pick.

NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero shared details on what years the picks will be:

The real big haul for the Lions are the two first-round picks, which they need to turn into something good. Goff had his moments under Sean McVay but has proven to be mediocre, and probably will see a big drop in play without the support of the offensive-minded coach.

The Lions’ front office is now headed by former Rams members who believe in Goff though, which helps explain the trade.

Stafford turns 33 in February and has two years left on his contract. He’ll probably throw for 5,000 yards and over 35 touchdowns under McVay, which would be his first time reaching those marks since 2011.

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Here is how soon the Lions could trade Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

It does not sound like any Matthew Stafford trade drama will be particularly long-lived.

The Detroit Lions have begun discussing possible Stafford trades with other teams after the two sides mutually agreed to part ways. The Lions are moving quickly, and Albert Breer of The MMQB believes the quarterback could be moved before the Super Bowl.

It’s not a huge surprise that plenty of teams are asking about Stafford. Deshaun Watson may be preferable on the quarterback trade market, but he’s likely to be more expensive, and the Texans haven’t committed to giving him up yet. In contrast, Stafford is clearly available, and while the price will be high, it’s likely to be less than what Watson would cost. Some teams may well find that preferable.

Stafford is coming off a 2020 season that saw him throw for 4,084 yards and 26 touchdowns. The 32-year-old appears to have a pair of clear suitors at this point.

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Here is how much Lions could get in Matthew Stafford trade

Matthew Stafford

The Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford have mutually agreed to part ways this offseason, and at least one NFL insider says the veteran quarterback’s current trade value is substantial.

Peter King of NBC Sports said during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., Thursday that he believes the Lions will get at least a first-round draft pick in return for Stafford. King says there are five or more teams willing to offer a first-rounder.

That meshes with a previous report that indicated the Lions believe they can get at least a first-round pick for Stafford.

Stafford, who will turn 33 next month, threw for 4,084 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. He has battled some significant injuries in recent years, but he is still a proven starter in a league where many teams need one.

We know of at least one team that may be willing to pay big for Stafford, and it sounds like that interest is mutual.

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Matthew Stafford reportedly would have stayed with Lions if they made this move

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford is on his way out as quarterback of the Detroit Lions, but it apparently did not have to be that way.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Stafford has been considering moving on from the Lions for some time. However, had the Lions retained offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, the belief is that Stafford would have been willing to stay with the organization.

Stafford clearly enjoyed playing for Bevell, but don’t expect a reunion. Bevell was recently hired as offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars under Urban Meyer, but they’re likely taking Trevor Lawrence first overall.

Ultimately, it’s probably better for both Stafford and the Lions that they part ways. Stafford can go to a contender, perhaps this AFC team, and the Lions can finally get going on their overdue rebuild.

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Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly addresses trade report on Instagram

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have reportedly agreed to part ways this offseason, though neither side has confirmed the impending divorce. Stafford’s wife, Kelly, appears to have taken care of that on social media.

On Monday, Mrs. Stafford created what seemed like a “farewell, Detroit” post on Instagram. She wrote that she and Matthew are going to “enjoy our time left in Michigan to the fullest because there really is no other place like it.”

Here’s the full post:

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported on Saturday that the Lions have agreed to explore trade possibilities for Stafford. They’ve hired a new head coach in Dan Campbell and appear to be headed for a rebuild, so you can understand why a split makes sense.

There was speculation that Stafford could be traded before the 2020 season, and Kelly was very outspoken about that in a video she posted on social media. The fact that she is saying goodbye to Detroit likely means there is little chance Matthew will return to the Lions next season.

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Lions reportedly have high asking price for Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have mutually agreed to part ways, but the team may have a difficult time trading the quarterback if the current asking price holds through the offseason.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “Sunday NFL Countdown” that the Lions believe they can get at least a first-round pick for Stafford. Many are skeptical that teams will be willing to meet that asking price.

Stafford will turn 33 next month and has dealt with numerous injuries in recent years. Teams also may feel they don’t have to blow the Lions away with trade offers now that it’s clear the team intends to part ways with Stafford.

All that said, there should be plenty of teams interested in Stafford. That could create somewhat of a bidding war, and it would not be shocking if Detroit was able to get a first-round pick in return for the former Georgia star.

If you want to know which teams make the most sense for Stafford, you can see our thoughts here.

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