Elliott Byrd ‘22: On Saturday, January 23rd NFL Insider Adam Schefter announced that the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford mutually agreed to part ways this off-season. Most Lions fans sensed the Stafford trade before the announcement by Schefter, with Detroit heading for a roster rebuild it looks to benefit both sides.
GM Brad Holmes and senior personnel executive John Dorsey started their new regime off with a bang. On January 30th, one week after Adam Schefter announced that Stafford and the Lions looked to part ways, Schefter tweeted once again that the Lions agreed to trade their franchise quarterback to the LA Rams for three future draft picks and Jared Goff. Brad Holmes held nothing back, with his first trade as a general manager.
Lions fans across the state hold mixed reactions about the blockbuster trade including students and alumni, from Romeo High School.
“Long term, this trade for the Lions benefited them. Seeing Stafford leave hurt, although the possibility of him winning in LA is exciting. In this year’s draft the Lions have a possibility of obtaining rookie QB Trey Lance or wait a year to get Sam Howell,” Aiden Angelo ‘22 said.
With the Lions electing to trade Stafford to the Rams and receiving two first round picks in 2022, and 2023 it is no secret that Holmes and the rest of the Lions organization realize it’s going to take a couple of years before they hold a roster for playoffs let alone a championship.
Romeo Alum and former Macomb County tier 1 all star Linebacker, Bryce Tinson ‘20 shared his opinion on the Lions future.
“I expect them to win games eventually but it’s going to take a while because of what Quinn and Patricia do to this team. But I do expect them to play gritty and have a bad boy feel about them. They better be the most physical team in the league,” Tinson said.
Romeo High School’s starting quarterback also gave his thoughts on the situation.
“I agree with Lions deciding to rebuild because with the league having so many dominant players the Lions can’t compete with their current roster. They need to get some as well and the only way to do it is to start young,“ Rolfs ‘21 said.
Rolfs also added that he loves BYU prospect Zach Wilson, a talented young quarterback.
As for rebuilding for the past 57 years, it seems that there is newfound optimism in Detroit regardless of the years to come.