Tierney: Lions Should Move On From Matthew Stafford

The Lions are reportedly shopping their franchise quarterback, and Brandon Tierney believes change would be good for both sides

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February 14, 2020 - 7:54 am

The Detroit Lions could reportedly trade Matthew Stafford this offseason, and Brandon Tierney believes that would be a blessing for both sides.

“Stafford’s legacy, to me, is a very tough one to really pin down and dissect accurately,” Tierney said on Tiki & Tierney. “There was a point early on where I wavered. I’ve been pretty married to the belief that he’s obviously talented – the last two-and-a-half years or so, very talented – but it’s probably time for a change. It’s over a decade now. It hasn’t worked out. The franchise has been a mess. The Lions have failed him certainly much more than Matthew Stafford has failed the Lions, and you have to look at this draft. They can do so much in one swooping move this offseason They can reset expectations, they can reset payroll – there’s a lot of things they can do. But what they’re doing now is not working. It’s time to move on from Stafford.”

Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, has led the Lions to three playoff appearances but never won a playoff game. He has put up solid numbers in recent years, but the Lions are 9-22-1 over the last two seasons.

“This, on the surface, will sound ludicrous, but I firmly believe this,” Tierney said. “Right now, he’s better than Tom Brady. Right now, I believe he’s more talented than Dak Prescott. Certainly throwing the ball he’s more talented than Cam. We just don’t know if Cam is healthy. Philip Rivers looks close to being shot. Big Ben is ancient at this point. Ryan Tannehill, great story, but Stafford is more gifted. Trubisky, I’m not even going to waste time on that. Dalton, Stafford is miles ahead of him. Stafford is much more talented than Derek Carr in my opinion. All the options, and there’s a multitude of them and there’s a lot of teams with legitimate quarterback needs. I wouldn’t give up much for any of the guys that I just mentioned. I might give up something really significant for Matthew Stafford.”