The Detroit Lions have been a losing franchise throughout the modern era of the National Football League.
Matthew Stafford was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, with the hopes of revitalizing a franchise coming off of a season that did not produce a single victory.
Throughout his tenure in Detroit, Stafford has experienced a roller coaster ride with a franchise that has yet to find the formula for success.
Now the 12th-year veteran finds himself again playing for a team that will likely finish with a losing record and outside of the playoffs.
Add to the struggles a regime that is likely on its way out soon, and one could understand if Stafford was fed up and simply wanted out of Detroit.
ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky has observed the start to Stafford's season, and has discovered a noticeable change in the quarterback's demeanor through the first four games.
“Matthew’s my boy, and I love him like a family member. But, it feels like they’ve taken his killer instinct away. He used to be this killer. He’s been beat up for so long -- 12 years now -- he’s got to be so sick and tired of losing," Orlovsky told Pat McAfee during a recent appearance on McAfee's show.
To reiterate, Stafford has stated publicly on numerous occasions that he wants to play in Detroit and wants to see winning football be brought back to the Metro Detroit area.
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But, would you really blame Stafford if he looked around and said to himself, 'What am I beating myself up for? Is this worth it?'
Detroit is currently on its bye week, and will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6.
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