Lions' Stafford not fazed by Suh, Esiason slights

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
L.A. Rams defensive tackle and former Lion Ndamukong Suh appeared to take a shot at Matthew Stafford on Instagram earlier this week.

Allen Park — Ndamukong Suh ruffled some feathers earlier this week with a simple, two-sentence caption on an Instagram photo of himself and Los Angeles Rams teammate, Jared Goff. In it, Suh calls the third-year standout the best quarterback he's played with during his career. 

The implication, of course, is Goff is better than Suh's former teammate, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. 

Asked about the slight, Stafford brushed Suh's comments aside. 

"Jared Goff’s playing pretty good right now, so I get it," Stafford said. "It’s not something I’m going to waste a lot of my own time thinking about. ... I don’t pay attention to it at all. I don’t get into that, it’s just so not my lane.”

Both former No. 1 picks, Stafford has much more experience than Goff, if nothing else. Stafford has put up monster stats since entering the league, throwing for 35,951 yards and 224 touchdowns in 129 games. 

Goff is coming off his best game as a professional, a perfect passer-rating effort that saw him throw for 465 yards and five touchdowns in last week's victory over the Minnesota Vikings. His 127.3 passer rating leads the NFL. 

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In addition to Suh's comments, Stafford also dismissed criticism from former quarterback and current analyst Boomer Esiason, who said the Lions quarterback lacks the kickoff to final whistle passion of Tom Brady.

"Matthew Stafford is a great quarterback, he can throw it with anybody," Esiason said in an interview with 97.1. "I want Matt Patricia to hold him accountable. You know, 'It's not going to be all about you in the fourth quarter, son. I need you to be careful. I need you to be energetic.'

"One of the reasons why I think Tom Brady screams a lot on the sideline is because I think he tries to whip himself up into a frenzy, and I don't see that from Matthew. I see a lot of Eli Manning in Matthew, like, 'Oh, it's okay.' No, it's not okay. It's your team and you have to get your guys to believe in you and that you're going to win."

Stafford said he's not going to try to be someone he's not when leading the Lions. 

"In my opinion, what I say in our locker room, to our team, to our players, isn’t for public consumption," Stafford said. "That’s just how I feel about it and that’s probably not going to change. That’s who I am, that’s how I feel this game should be played. We’re in that locker room for a reason, we’re part of the team. I appreciate everybody that pulls for us and all of that, but at the same time, those guys and I have to be on the same page and I’m going to talk to them directly if I have to talk to them. That’s kind of how I feel about it

"I’m trying to help out every single player on our team as much as I possibly can. Whether that’s certain guys you’re jumping on (or) the next guy you’re patting on the back. Everybody needs a little something different sometimes and I’m just trying to do my best to give that to those guys."

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