Dec 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) warms up before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford On McNabb: "I Understand His Point"


The Detroit Lions signed their franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford to a contract extension earlier this week. Mad at the world, Donovan McNabb, criticized the Lions for giving an unproven and undeserving Stafford all that money.

“I understand his point of view,” Stafford said, via the Detroit Free Press. “I totally get that. I’m all about wins and losses as well . . . it didn’t happen for us last year.”

Like Tony Romo has learned in Dallas, once you get paid big bucks, people expect to be in the playoffs and not 4-12.

“That’s something that’s obviously extremely important, especially playing the quarterback position,” Stafford said. “You get the praise when you win and all the loss on your shoulders when you lose. It’s just the name of the game. I totally understand Donovan’s point of view, but at the same time . . . I’m trying to please the Lions and my teammates and my coaches and nobody else. So people can say what they want to say, but as long as the guys in that locker room and that building believe in me, then that’s all that matters.”

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