4 Lessons Matthew Stafford Must Learn from Michael Jordan

The anticipation for ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance,” was at a fever pitch Sunday evening.

Millions of sports fans were eagerly anticipating the release of the 10-part docuseries, highlighting Jordan’s tumultuous final season with the Chicago Bulls.

The first two parts were engaging and riveting, and immediately reminded fans of the greatness Jordan displayed in the 1980s and 1990s.

Turning our attention now to longtime Detroit franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford, it must be said that his tenure has left many clamoring for more from the 12-year NFL veteran.

Let’s explore four lessons Stafford could learn from Jordan:

Jordan’s win-at-all costs mentality

In one of the poignant scenes in part two of the documentary, Jordan played golf with Danny Ainge of the Celtics during the 1986 NBA playoffs.

After losing a handsome amount of money to Ainge on the golf course, Jordan proceeded to score 63 points the next game against Boston.

While Stafford is known as being highly competitive, to be able to win in Detroit demands a complete and utter commitment to winning.

Even if it means being willing to defy coaches that decide it is in the best interest of the Lions’ offense to leave Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola on the sidelines in a critical moment of the game.

Stafford needed to override, overrule and even defy the coaches in such an absurd moment in a football game.

Be more vocal about the Lions drafting a bell-cow running back and fixing the offensive line

How is it possible that in Stafford’s tenure, the running backs have been so poor and the offensive line so underwhelming?

Either Stafford is the worst talent evaluator in the league, or his mentality of going along with the flow and playing the role of company guy has been an epic disaster.

For Stafford to succeed moving forward, the Lions must finally pair him with a running back that can regularly secure 100 yards on the ground and an offensive line that can keep him upright.

Without an upgrade at running back and a better offensive line, Stafford will go his entire career without his Scottie Pippen.

Stafford must work to make players around him better

As the leader of the team, Stafford is tasked with shouldering the blame for many of the Lions’ deficiencies.

If there was a player like Darius Slay blatantly disrespecting Lions management, it was incumbent on Stafford to aid in resolving the issue immediately.

Stafford must be willing to take more of an ownership stake in the Lions, if things are ever going to turn around.

He can sit back and collect millions, say the right things and defer to management to do their jobs – or he can elevate those around him to meet the high expectations of everyone involved.

Step up on the grandest stage

Securing meaningless yards in losing efforts does not impress those paying close attention.

It is time for Stafford to put on grand performances when the lights are the brightest.

In must-win scenarios, Stafford has come up short, and made just enough mistakes to cost the team victories.

As viewers will come to see in future episodes, Jordan raised the quality of his performances seemingly every time the situation escalated in degree of magnitude.

It’s now time for Stafford to do the same, if he’s ever going to win on the big stage in Motown.


Stafford is far from perfect.

But there’s one damning stat that tells the story of his career - and it’s bigger than any other stat. I can’t find the actual number at this moment, but I do believe there’s not a QB in the history of the game that has had to put up more points per game to win. I think the Lions points against over his career is something like 24.

Fix the D. Fix the run game. And we’ll see. Is Stafford on par with QBs like Brady or Rodgers? Nope. Is he good enough to win a SB? Yep. Shrug.


10 things a randomly selected QB must learn from the best basketball player ever to live.
LOL= EVERYONE could learn from him…or Ali, or Gretzky. Sorta feels like an offseason topic. :wink:

My gawd I can’t wait for the season to start. It’s getting chest wader deep


This article is complete trash …Another Lion fan with a platform .

4 Lessons a QB can learn from SG in Basketball that relied on no one but himself to be his best self .

How good would Jordan have been if the 5 defenders were allowed to stand by the rim and goal tending was not a penalty? If blocking fouls were not a penalty ?

Any comparison of Elite Basketball players to a quarterback is ridiculous …A QB relies on 10 players to do a part …not remotely the same .

How come Stafford allowed his best weapons to be on the sideline on a 4th down play that was called by the brand new OC after our final timeout and on a 4th down play …for good measure also a QB who had broken bones in his back ?


Where is the surrounded by talent? and having one of the greatest HCs ever?


Fuck Jordan, piece of shit…That is all.


The balls :football: :basketball:… are even the same shape dude :rage:

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I was eviscerated for making this exact point several months ago. Perhaps rightfully so. My take was basically me wanting Stafford to be “more competitive”.

The Den definitely changed my mind and convinced me Stafford was more competitive than I initially gave him credit for with countless examples proving that. I’d be lying though if I said I think he’s a guy that hates losing more than he loves winning. I do think guys that hate losing more than they love winning are typically better at asking more from their teammates.

Having said that, there are many different forms of excellent leadership. While I truly believe MJ’s methods are the most effective, they aren’t the only methods that are effective enough to be champions.

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If you are going to make a point research that point. Checking if the Bulls won or lost that game you reference shows how little effort was put into this article. What a bunch on nonsense.

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This kind of writing is the worst - the author has an opinion (completely unsupported by facts) and goes out to find something he can use to support that opinion. So instead of making observations supported by facts he just makes up things he believes to be true and uses an example of something he believes to be right (again unsupported) to “prove” his position. I would have no trouble with his positions if he said that in his opinion Stafford should have done xyz and made a direct comparison to an equivalent circumstance with someone else. Unfortunately journalism is just a word anymore.


Not even a word - just a job title to get a paycheck!

This applies to any QB not named Brady, Manning, Montana. Period.

It’s a trash article. What some will do to get a click, and people fall for it. Hahahaha and some post it what a joke.

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I thought he was giving classes on how to get your dad killed by not paying your gambling debts. Pass on Michael Jordan, the biggest POS in NBA history.