MLive- The Detroit Lions quarterback joined WJR's "The Mitch Albom Show" for his weekly spot, and Albom played Stafford a brief clip from Caldwell's Tuesday press conference where he said he's never worked in a more negative media environment.
While admitting he has significantly less experience than Caldwell, Stafford understood what his coach was saying.
"I don't have the experience that coach Caldwell does, not only in this league, but in life, but I would back that," Stafford said.
Stafford referenced the interaction between reporters and his teammates following the team's Week 4 loss to Seattle, which dropped the Lions to 0-4 on the still young season.
"The second we're 0-4, it's like, 'Hey, do you remember 0-16?' to all the guys that were there," Stafford said. "Things like that. That's the fact of the matter, in 2008, they went 0-16. I understand the factual aspect of that question, but 0-4 is 0-4, it's not 0-16. That kind of stuff happens quite often.
Stafford, who arrived one year after the 0-16 season, was asked if he feels the weight from the infamous year.
"No, I don't," he said. "That's maybe the frustrating part. I was brought here after that year, drafted after that year. I wasn't a part of it. I know, in this business, every year is a different year. Every year is a unique one and you have to make it your own."
Wait...but... Matt Stafford has spent his entire career in Detroit. Like...the whole time...in the one place. I would imagine that makes it mighty hard to compare the tale of two cities when you have only have a first hand story from one, no? Am I supposed to assume that Matt Stafford is including the years where he was getting his knob slobbed as an SEC poster boy? Maybe his formative years when the local paper would include a blurb on his weekly high school performance? Who knows? I guess it's possibly that the other parents, that were bringing orange slices, were very critical when he was taking snaps at the Pop Warner level. Asking Matt Stafford what he thinks about the media landscape throughout the NFL is like asking a kid who has never been on an airplane to help you with your itinerary for a Western European vacation. Matt Stafford saying that Detroit has the most negative media environment is like losing your virginity and telling the girl that she was the worst sex you've ever had. Shut up fat face. Your understanding of outlying media markets is comparable to your understanding of opposing defenses, and 1-7 records don't lie.
I've got news for you Matt. Saying that Detroit is a miserable sports media market is actually not news at all. Of course it's negative. Of course it's harsh. Have you checked your surroundings lately? The place is a dump. Anyone that maintains a consistently optimistic view on life while calling Detroit home needs to be placed in a mental institution. It's basically like living in a 3rd world country if someone dropped a 3rd world country directly in the middle of a first world country. To compound that, the one thing (other than the Red Wings) that they were supposed to have to look forward to is a football team that is currently redefining the word "underachieving". Sorry they aren't skipping into work eager to place their lips on your ass, but you haven't exactly given them much to write home about. 1-7? With a team that has playoff caliber talent? How about you work on not embarrassing yourself on a weekly basis, and the reporters will try just as had to put on a fake smile when you give them the same bewildered soundbites every week. You're certainly making this season your own Matthew. Your very own dumpster fire. Just don't blame the media for pouring on more gas.