Originally written on Detroit Sports Nation  |  Last updated 12/16/14
The Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford is under a lot of pressure to succeed this season. Although a lot of NFL peers still have confidence in Stafford, the general consensus with fans is that 2014 is “put up, or shut up” time for the 6th year QB. He has shown flashes of greatness, in the past, and more than likely he is not done showing them yet. A lot of things went wrong for Stafford toward the end of the 2013 season, but he continued to show leadership. With the help of Joe Lombardi and Jim Caldwell, Matthew Stafford is ready to silence the speculation.     The consensus among NFL head coaches, general managers, personnel evaluators and the like is simple: They’re not giving up on Matthew Stafford quite yet. The Detroit Lions quarterback has taken heat the past two years after two consecutive disappointing seasons, leading to the firing of head coach Jim Schwartz and fans questioning Stafford’s ability to adjust his mechanics and lead the team back to the postseason.   ...
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