Mounting Criticism Not Bothering Stafford

Matthew Stafford has taken a lot of heat over his poor performance as of late but is oblivious to it, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

“I don’t want to hurt y’alls feelings, but I don’t really listen to it or read it, honestly,” the Detroit Lions quarterback said. “It’s actually been pretty stress free for me.

“Obviously, I want to play good. Not for you guys, but for my teammates and for the coaches in the locker room. They put a ton of hard work in. We are all doing everything we can to play as good as we possibly can. I’m not different.”

Stafford has a league-high 12 turnovers in his past five games, including 10 interceptions. That includes one that sealed Detroit’s loss Monday night against Baltimore.

He’s been among the worst fourth-quarter quarterbacks of the past month, with his QB rating dipping below 40 in the final 15 minutes of those games.

Stafford has declined to comment about his struggles this week until addressing the matter during a news conference Friday. He acknowledged he hasn’t played well enough, but was mum on what specific issues have affected his game.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I think you have to take each individual play as its own play. Whether it’s a great play or a bad play. That’s how I look at it. I try not to group things together and just individually look at each play and try to assess whether you need to keep doing that, or something you may need to work on to play better.”

“There are definitely throws that I wish I had back,” Stafford said. “I feel like I’ve made some good plays, but bottom line is win and losing games. They make a field goal at the end of the game to win it. We have a chance to come back. We don’t get it done with 30-something seconds left. That’s a tough pill to swallow.”

“Anytime you’re losing games, it’s going to be tougher,” he said. “(Reporters) have to write about something and talk about something. We understand that. That’s why it’s good to be in that locker room and away from media and all that kind of stuff throughout the season.

“Whether you’re playing good or you’re playing bad as a team or an individual, that’s what we do as teammates, is rely on each other and know that this is a tough business and that we are all doing everything we can to play as well as we can individually and as a team. We just rely on each other and that’s how you get things turned around.”


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