Matthew Stafford RUMORS & NEWS

  • Joe Lombardi: I never questioned Matthew Stafford's commitment, intelligence

    Michigan Live "Joe Lombardi is no longer obligated to protect or defend Matthew Stafford, but the former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator strongly refuted criticisms of the quarterback attributed to him by the NFL Network last week. In comments made during two separate interview segments, reporter Ian..." November 13

  • Matthew Stafford in limbo as Lions mull firing Jim Caldwell, other moves

    CBS Sports "The Lions continued their organizational shake-up this week, firing the team president and general manager as a precursor to what sources have called even more sweeping changes to come in 2016. Coach Jim Caldwell remained in place during the bye week, but team sources said he too could be removed..." November 08

  • Matthew Stafford's wife defends his intelligence

    Chicago Sun-Times "Kelly Stafford, wife of the Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, shot back at those who question her husband’s intelligence. Matt Stafford, 27, has thrown 11 interceptions across eight games this season, and his future with the franchise who took him No. 1 overall is “very much in..." November 06

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The future beyond 2015 for #Lions QB Matthew Stafford is very much in doubt, as I understand it.

  • With Lions cleaning house, Matthew Stafford’s future is in doubt

    Pro Football Talk "It was less than a week ago that then-Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew said it was “comical” to suggest quarterback Matthew Stafford wasn’t a part of the future with the Lions. Of course, Mayhew was just fired, so that means everything is up in the air in Detroit. According to Ian..." November 05

  • Lions' Stafford gets X-rays on hand, says he'll be OK

    Detroit Free Press "Matthew Stafford ended his second game against the Minnesota Vikings in the same place he ended the first - the X-ray room. Stafford hurt his left hand in the second half of today's 28-19 loss to the Vikings, but finished the game and said he doesn't expect the injury to be an issue going..." October 26

  • Stafford says he’s ‘moving on’ from first benching

    Detroit News "For as long as he can remember, Matthew Stafford said he’s never been benched in a game — not in high school, college or the NFL. But that changed last weekend when Jim Caldwell did just that against the Cardinals after threatening that a third interception would be the end of Stafford’s day...." October 15

  • Lions still committed to Matthew Stafford as their franchise QB, for now

    Michigan Live "Jim Caldwell compared it to going to his bullpen, but that metaphor doesn't exactly hold up. Starting pitchers, after all, are almost always pulled from games these days. And Matthew Stafford had never been pulled from a game. Not in high school back in Highland Park. Not in college at..." October 14

  • Matthew Stafford will remain Lions' starter despite being benched for Dan Orlovsky

    SB Nation "Matthew Stafford will remain the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback despite being benched for backup Dan Orlovsky in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, head coach Jim Caldwell said after the loss (via Pro Football Talk). Stafford was having a disastrous game, throwing three..." October 13

  • Lions' Jim Caldwell: 'There is no quarterback controversy'

    ESPN "Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said he was told at halftime if he threw one more interception, he would be benched. Stafford did, on the first drive of the second half, and he was replaced by backup Dan Orlovsky, part of a 42-17 Arizona Cardinals victory over the winless Lions...." October 12

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Lions QB Matt Stafford fined $5,787 for blue shoes. Note: Players are often warned about a uniform violation & allowed to change. He didn’t

  • Joe Lombardi: 'Matt Stafford is a very good quarterback'

    ESPN "When Joe Lombardi was hired as the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator, he told Yahoo! Sports that quarterback Matthew Stafford was not broken. After over a year working with him, Lombardi continues to believe in his quarterback. “He’s done a lot better protecting the football, all right,”..." October 08

  • Michael Bennett doesn't like Dallas-native Stafford because 'they killed the president'

    Fox Sports "Michael Bennett took great joy in Monday night's win against the Detroit Lions. Not only did the Seattle Seahawks move to 2-2, but the defensive end was able to beat quarterback Matthew Stafford, someone he's apparently not very fond of. Bennett, known for his bold statements, let loose in..." October 06

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    The Lions listed DeAndre Levy as doubtful again, Brandon Pettigrew as out. Stafford is probable

  • Lions' Stafford on track to play; likely only 1 backup

    Detroit Free Press "Less than a week after giving some in the Detroit Lions organization a scare with his rib injury, Matthew Stafford is on track to play in Sunday's home opener against the Denver Broncos (8:30 p.m., NBC). Stafford has practiced in full the last two days, and Lions coach Jim Caldwell said his..." September 25

  • Matthew Stafford practices today; teammates expect him to play Sunday

    Oakland Press "Matthew Stafford looked fine in practice Wednesday throwing the ball and working with his teammates in the portion open to the media. Prior to practice Stafford and coach Jim Caldwell were mum on his status for Sunday during their press conferences. However, a few of Stafford’s teammates..." September 23

  • Lions' Matthew Stafford has X-rays on chest, ribs after loss to Vikings

    The Score "Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took a lot of hits during the team's 26-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, and underwent X-rays on both his ribs and his chest after the game to further investigate his injuries. The results of the X-rays are currently unknown, and Stafford refused to..." September 21

  • Hurry-up practices show Stafford's progress

    Detroit News "Matthew Stafford has been precise through two exhibitions, going 8-for-10, with two incompletions that were catchable. But as impressive as Stafford was in those brief appearances, some of his practice habits could be a better indication of his improvement in Year 2 of Joe Lombardi's..." August 28

  • Stafford wants to set up passing drills before Lions camp

    Detroit Free Press "Peyton Manning gets his wide receivers together for extra off-season workouts at Duke every spring. When Mark Sanchez was the New York Jets' quarterback, he would bring his teammates to California each summer for a few days of "Jets West" practice. It won't be quite as formal, but sometime..." June 29

  • Lions' Matthew Stafford showing signs of becoming a more accurate QB

    Michigan Live "Matthew Stafford was so good during stretches of the Detroit Lions' offseason program, not even a sloppy final day could spoil it. "I mean, it's obviously always a work in progress," the quarterback said after minicamp wrapped up Thursday. "You're always trying to find new ways to get..." June 25

  • Lions' Stafford works out on New Zealand honeymoon

    Detroit Free Press "Matthew Stafford is on his honeymoon in New Zealand, climbing mountains, tasting wine and enjoying life as a married man. But, apparently, football isn't far from this mind, either. Stafford's wife, Kelly, posted a video on Instagram of the Detroit Lions quarterback running stairs while in..." April 10

  • Lions want Matthew Stafford to take more chances in 2015

    Pride Of Detroit "In 2014, the Detroit Lions' plan for quarterback Matthew Stafford was pretty clear. In order to limit turnovers, the Lions seemingly put him in a position to take fewer chances. Whether that meant fewer deep shots or more conservative play calling, the Lions were really intent on limiting the..." April 06

  • Ebron works with Stafford; was he asked to do too much?

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell spent a few minutes gushing about Eric Ebron's off-season at the NFL owners meetings last week, but when pressed for specifics about what the Detroit Lions' second-year tight end was doing to improve, Caldwell clammed up. "Can't give you all of our secrets, but he's working,"..." April 01

  • Caldwell expects Stafford to take step forward this fall

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell was walking down a hallway at the NFL owners meetings this week when someone stopped him to talk football. "Someone said something about, 'Hey, well Coach, you really need your quarterback to take off,'" Caldwell said. "And I looked at him and I said, 'No, we don't really need him..." March 26

  • Ex-Lions DE Lawrence Jackson rips Lions front office, Stafford

    Detroit Free Press "Former Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson authored several harshly critical tweets Sunday and today about the organization's leadership and deficiencies in quarterback Matthew Stafford's work ethic that caused a bit of a cyberspace firestorm. Jackson, who played five seasons in the..." March 10

  • Kurt Warner not sold on Lions QB Stafford's turnaround

    Detroit Free Press "Now that it's over, Matthew Stafford's first season in a new offense and under the tutelage of three quarterback-centric coaches has drawn mixed reviews. Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew called Stafford's season "outstanding" last month, and coach Jim Caldwell praised his..." February 10

  • Pro Bowl 'far from' Matthew Stafford's ultimate objective

    Detroit News "Lions coach Jim Caldwell said it will be "quite an honor" for Matthew Stafford to play in his first Pro Bowl Sunday. Stafford will be the first Lions quarterback to play in the annual all-star game since Greg Landry after the 1971 season. And even though being named to the Pro Bowl is an..." January 22

  • Stafford, Romo playing for reputations Sunday

    Fox Sports Detroit "Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, two much-maligned quarterbacks throughout most of their careers, will be playing for their reputations Sunday afternoon when the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys meet in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. If the Lions -- who are 6 1/2-point underdogs -- win,..." January 02

  • Matthew Stafford's Wife BLASTS NFL Stop Babying Aaron Rodgers!

    TMZ "Matthew Stafford's wife is calling B.S. on the NFL -- claiming her husband was cleated JUST AS BAD as Aaron Rodgers last weekend ... and the league didn't do SQUAT about it. Of course, Stafford's Detroit Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh was just suspended by the league this week after stomping on..." December 31

  • Lions Matthew Stafford stranded on Southfield Freeway by collapsing bridge

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions have confirmed that quarterback Matthew Stafford was stranded early Friday morning by a collapsed pedestrian bridge on the Southfield Freeway. The Cathedral Street overpass, located near Joy Road, was struck by a truck and collapsed around 6 a.m, according to the Michigan..." September 26

  • Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford poised to take the next step

    Detroit News "Nothing has changed physically about Matthew Stafford in 2014. “I’m not any faster, I don’t think,” the Lions quarterback said, tongue in cheek, Tuesday. “I don’t think I’m any more jacked.” Instead, most of the changes for Stafford will be mental and fundamental this season as he tries to..." August 20

  • Lions' Matthew Stafford to have more control over offense

    Detroit News "Before many Saints plays, quarterback Drew Brees repeatedly shouts “kill” to signal which of the two called plays the offense will run. Brees and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning have as much pre-snap control as anyone in the league, and with three coaches who worked with them on the Lions..." June 12

  • Bush: Stafford fits 'perfectly' with new offense "After closing last season with a 2-6 record as Matthew Stafford struggled down the stretch, the Detroit Lions entered the offseason determined to fix their franchise quarterback. Noted quarterback mentor Jim Caldwell has been rebuilding Stafford's confidence, telling reporters that his new..." June 10

  • Lions to hand Matthew Stafford rest of his $27.5M signing bonus

    Detroit Free Press "Eight months after they signed Matthew Stafford to a $53-million extension, the Detroit Lions are about to open up their checkbook for their quarterback again. Stafford received a $27.5-million signing bonus when he inked his contract last July but agreed to defer $17.5 million of the payment...." February 27

  • Matthew Stafford not 'interception machine' "The Detroit Lions' unofficial offseason slogan is "Fix Matthew Stafford." Whether or not he actually needs "fixing" as much as "fine-tuning" is debatable. For Lions new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, an analysis of each of Stafford's 19 interceptions in 2013 displayed positive..." February 09

  • Joe Namath: I'd like Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford on my team

    Detroit Free Press "Hall-of-Fame New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath has been vocal about some of his old team’s quarterbacks, once saying the Jets wasted a draft pick on Geno Smith and backing Mark Sanchez even after it became apparent the team was trying to push him out the door. So does Namath, 70, have any..." February 03

  • Lions say 'there certainly has to be some work done' to Stafford's game

    Michigan Live "Matthew Stafford threw 12 picks in his final seven games of last season, and was culpable for 14 turnovers overall during that stretch. That was more than anybody else in professional football. And the Detroit Lions' brass -- namely coach Jim Schwartz and coordinator Scott Linehan -- refused to..." January 26

  • Lions confident Jim Caldwell will get Matthew Stafford back to 2011 form

    Detroit News "Lions general manager Martin Mayhew doesn’t have a problem with Matthew Stafford’s lack of desire to see a so-called quarterback guru. In advance of the Lions’ Week 17 game, the fifth-year quarterback said seeking a guru to help his game isn’t “my style.” That comment made national headlines..." January 17

  • Matthew Stafford to play part in hiring Lions coach "NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted last weekend that Jim Caldwell impressed Lions brass by sitting down with quarterback Matthew Stafford during his interview for the open coaching job in Detroit. According to Stafford, it won't be the last time he huddles with a potential candidate. "It's..." January 07

  • Stafford not looking for outside QB coaching

    Detroit Free Press "Matthew Stafford hasn’t figured out how he’ll spend the offseason yet, but the Lions quarterback said Friday whatever he does won’t include working with a private throwing coach. “Probably not,” Stafford said matter-of-factly. And why not? “I don’t know,” he said. “Just not something I..." December 28

  • Schwartz vouches for Stafford

    Pro Football Talk "In the offseason, the Lions gave quarterback Matthew Stafford a fat new contract. As a result, they’re now stuck with him — no matter how poorly he plays in crunch time of key games. On Monday night, Stafford threw a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions, dragging his passer rating in the final..." December 17

  • Stafford is suddenly struggling in the fourth quarter

    Pro Football Talk "As the fourth quarter of the season unfolds, a franchise quarterback seems to be having a lot of trouble in the fourth quarter of games. According to Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has a passer rating of 30.2 in the fourth quarter of the last..." December 10

  • Stafford sets Lions franchise passing-yardage record

    SI "Admittedly, it helps when your current franchise quarterback has led the league in passing attempts twice in his career, and it’s also favorable when your franchise has a history of unimpressive quarterbacks. But what Matthew Stafford did for the Detroit Lions on Sunday against the Pittsburgh..." November 17

  • Armed with new contract, confidence, Lions Stafford ready to lead

    Detroit Free Press "Every time Scott Linehan turned around this off-season he saw Matthew Stafford. Roaming the halls at the Lions’ practice facility in January. Squeezing in an early-morning workout in February. Neck-deep in video cut-ups watching 2012 losses to the Minnesota Vikings in March. Linehan the..." September 08

  • Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford: Calvin Johnson can surpass his 1,964 yards from 2012

    Detroit Free Press "Calvin Johnson came within 36 receiving yards of 2,000 in 2012. He broke Jerry Rice’s single-season record in 15 games. He had a streak of eight straight 100-yard games. Yet quarterback Matthew Stafford said he thinks the Lions’ receiver could surpass his 1,964-yard effort in 2013. “He..." July 15

  • Falcons official: Stafford deal won't affect Matt Ryan's "When Matthew Stafford signed his contract extension this week with the Detroit Lions, one tangential thought was that the resulting dollar figures could play into Matt Ryan's negotiations with the Atlanta Falcons. A Falcons official told Len Pasquarelli, writing Sunday for the National Football..." July 14

  • Lions, Stafford agree to 3-year, $53M extension

    Detroit News "The Lions are reportedly close to a deal that will keep franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford in town for the next five years. Stafford has two years remaining on his contract, and a three-year extension of $53 million will give him about $76.5 million through 2017, according to..." July 10

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Lions and QB Matthew Stafford are on verge of blockbuster extension that could be done as early as today, per team source.

  • Lions should wait for Matthew Stafford contract extension

    Detroit Free Press "The Lions are doing the right thing. Never thought that such a sentence existed in my repertoire, did you? Now that the smelling salts have revived you, let me finish my point. The Lions are doing the right thing in contract negotiations with Matthew Stafford. Why rush it? If nothing’s..." June 13

  • Matthew Stafford extension done before season, or tabled until after

    Detroit Free Press "Tom Lewand struck an optimistic note about contract negotiations with quarterback Matthew Stafford today, but the Lions president acknowledged that talks will be tabled until after the season if a deal isn’t done at some point. “We’ve still got some discussion to have, but at some point in time..." June 08