Quarterback Matt Stafford was recently referred to directly, and indirectly, by a number of current Georgia Bulldog players when it came to the idea of team leadership, unity, drive, and determination. Matt Stafford’s quarterbacking skills were never called into question, but last year’s Georgia Bulldogs were a big disappointment and it seems a lot of fingers are being pointed at last year’s seniors, and the fact that there was too much focus on superstars going to the NFL rather than bringing a team together to win an SEC championship, and possibly a national championship. Matt Stafford says he’s ready to take on a leadership role in rebuilding the Detroit Lions, but we better just wait one minute before we delegate the task of Lion Savior to Stafford.
In a recent post about Matt Stafford, they referred to a recent quote by Matt Stafford where Stafford said:
“I’m being completely honest, and it has nothing to do with money-I would love to go to Detroit,” Stafford said in the Sports Illustrated story. “My friends say, ‘C’mon, gimme a break.’ But I’m a competitive guy. The Lions have passionate fans, a great stadium, and I’d be throwing to the biggest freak (Calvin Johnson), with the most talent, of any receiver in the NFL.”
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But several of Matt Stafford’s former teamates have already said that this year’s team has a much different feel than last year’s, and that the leadership, the unity, the focus, and the determination to succeed already surpass what it had been. Even one of the incoming freshman quarterbacks, Zach Mettenberger, who spent a tremendous amount of time with last year’s team and was reportedly on campus at least 25 times last year, said that this year’s locker room has a whole different feel than last year’s. He was quoted in a recent Bulldog Blog as saying:
“Last year I was around a lot, and the leadership wasn’t too great last year. I’ve been here three weeks and I can already tell that the leadership and the seniors, they want to win a championship again. They want an SEC championship. They want a spot to play for the national title. So far, the leadership has been outstanding in my opinion.”
On top of that, linebacker Darryl Gamble was quoted as saying:
“We’re just trying to get more guys to buy in and be more vocal, to be a leader and not just talk about it and not do anything on the field. Just like a lot of stuff we were going through last year was a lack of leadership and stuff. They’re just trying to build that up now so around season time we’ll be set.”
Tight end Aron White of the Georgia Bulldogs was quoted in a recent story about how the team is more focused on being a team and working together now that the superstars are gone:
“There’s a lot more of a team mentality around right now,” he said. “We’re not focused on he’s a star and we’ve got to go to him. We’re more focused on everybody’s got to work together and pull their own weight.”
The list goes on and on. I could quote most of the guys on the Georgia Bulldogs from one source or another, but they are all saying the same thing – this year’s team has better leadership, drive, and unity. You can’t possibly say that Matt Stafford was not to blame, nor can you say he was totally to blame. But you can see by the nice little gut that Stafford carried around through most of his career at Georgia, the disappointing results the team got last year, and the fact that everybody is much happier with the leadership, unity, and motivation in the locker room this year as compared to last, that Stafford was not doing the job he should have been doing – and that’s leading the Georgia Bulldogs to be the best team they could be by speaking as a leader and acting as a leader.
But Stafford says he’s ready to take on a task that many before him have tried and failed – to lead the Detroit Lions out of a forty year slump and make them a winning team in the NFL. Well, he took the helm of a preseason #1 ranked Bulldog team in 2008 with as much talent as any in all of college football and lead them to a disappointing season. And now that he’s gone, the team feels like they are ready to perform up to their potential and get past the disappointments of last year. So you’re telling me this same man can take a complete disaster like the Detroit Lions and make them champions? I’m not saying it isn’t possible, but I am saying that Stafford will have to do things differently than he has in the past if that’s what he wants to accomplish.