By Joseph Hayes
It wasn’t long ago that everyone appeared to speak in unison.
Fans and media personalities all agreed: Jim Caldwell needed to be fired. Who could possibly be worse?
Then came Matt Patricia.
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And suddenly everyone began to appreciate the leadership qualities that Caldwell had brought to the team.
Even after losing star wide receiver Calvin Johnson to an early retirement and all-pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to free agency, the Lions still won nine games.
Patricia would not come close in a single season in Detroit.
So after Patricia struggled to even compete for a playoff position, he was fired recently and many fans started to ponder who should be the next person in charge.
In the midst of it all, many have proclaimed that the Detroit Lions should also move on from quarterback and former No. 1 draft pick Matthew Stafford.
They are now proclaiming it is time to take an overall different direction at the quarterback position.
But just like with the decision to fire Caldwell, the short sided nature fans and media have displayed has often been forgotten.
It was a huge step back to do what everyone thought was best a few years ago and a decision to move on from Stafford would be even worse.
Stafford has often erased memories of how bad quarterback play was before he arrived. He never had a stellar running game or offensive line, but continued to produce under different head coaches, offensive coordinators and overall revolving personnel.
Stafford has been the least of the Lions problems and it would be foolish to start yet another issue by forcing him to depart.
It will be interesting to watch the Lions during the final stretch of the season.
It can not be discounted just how important the final five games of the season will be for Stafford and the organization overall.