Lions GM Bob Quinn stands behind QB: 'Matthew Stafford is our quarterback'

Lions GM Bob Quinn stands behind QB: 'Matthew Stafford is our quarterback'

No playoffs? No problem. 

The Lions are sticking with 10-year veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford despite their two-year postseason drought.

“Matthew Stafford is our quarterback,” Detroit general manager Bob Quinn told reporters Friday, via the Detroit News. “He will be our quarterback here. Listen, this guy is a really talented player.

“Myself, the coaches need to put him in better situations to allow him to use his skill set. Matt is extremely tough. He’s extremely diligent in his work ethic. He sets a great example for all our players and really all our staff about how to go about his job.”

Quinn, who has not addressed the media since last year’s NFL draft, silenced rumors of Stafford’s departure. The Pro Bowl player has spent all 10 of his seasons with the Lions, but the team has struggled to get to the playoffs in the last decade.

Detroit has made appearances in just three wild-card games (2011, 2014, 2016) and lost each with Stafford under center.

This year, Stafford had one of his worst seasons to date. He completed just 66.1 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and failed to eclipse the 4,000-yard passing mark for the first time since 2010 (3,777).

Still, Quinn supports Stafford’s role as the team’s leader and believes the Lions can eventually win a Super Bowl as long as Stafford stays in Detroit.

“What I know on the inside is working with this quarterback every day, seeing his car in the parking lot early in the morning late at night,” Quinn said. “I know what he does when he gets home. He puts the girls to bed and he works. I see that every day. I see what he does to get his body ready to play. I see what he does on the practice field.”

Quinn added, “I do,” when asked if Stafford is a guy who can lead the Lions to a championship.

The Lions were able to end their season blanking the Packers, 31-0, in the season finale Sunday.