It’s the week of the Super Bowl and with all the extra attention around the game, that means that the takes are going to be even more outlandish than usual. But there is one take that has topped them all. And it involves former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The take was that Detroit Lions must trade Matthew Stafford so that they could land Tom Brady. Just re-read that sentence one more time. That terrible take comes from Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Along with Stafford, Martinez suggests throwing in a few picks and another high-quality player so the deal would make more sense. While Stafford is about to turn 30, and Brady is 40, the Lions clearly would be getting the better player. And it’s worth adding that Stafford is the higher-paid player as well.
The reason this take is the worst of the takes is because, yes, obviously the Lions should trade Matthew Stafford if it meant they could land Brady, who will be playing in his eighth Super Bowl on Sunday. But if it was that simple, why wouldn’t other teams just pony up a bunch of first-round draft picks for the Patriots to land Brady?
Brady and Bill Belichick definitely benefit from having each other, and despite the reported tension between the two, neither is going anywhere. The New York Jets could offer the Patriots their first-round pick until the end of time for Brady, and the Patriots still probably wouldn’t give up Brady.
The Lions are bringing in a new coach in Patriots’ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. But to say that Patricia has experience with Brady is a bit much, given that Patricia never actually coached Brady.
Brady also is likely to win the MVP award, and while Stafford has been a good NFL quarterback, he’s rarely been a great one. And he’s almost certainly never been at the level as Brady has been for most of the previous decade.