This is one of the reasons I want the Lions to draft Tua.
I just don’t think Detroit will be an attractive destination until there is a superstar here that players want to be teammates with.
It’s nothing against Stafford. It’s more about changing the image and trying to elevate the franchise with a superstar. Tua might not be the right guy, but we know it’s not Stafford. Again, I like Stafford but he’s 0-11 with division titles, playoff wins, and we all know his record against winning teams. Stafford has been asked to do the impossible and, understandably, he’s failed. It’s certainly not his fault he couldn’t climb Everest. Few can, right?
I think the Lions need to find a guy that can get them over that hump. Someone like Russ Wilson, for example. If that doesn’t happen, I fear it’ll just be more of the same over and over again.
I understand the other side of the coin which is - provide Stafford with enough talent around him and the culture will change. Problem is, I’ve seen some very talented teams around Stafford and the Lions still didn’t win. They came close! But close isn’t as good as the real thing. Detroit remains an unattractive destination for many reasons. Not winning is one of the big ones.
I do think adding a blue chip player can significantly change a team’s culture. I think about New Orleans, for example. NO was a joke for a long time before Drew Brees showed up. Fast forward to today, players can’t wait to sign with the Saints.
PS - I love Stafford and I love the Lions. I just feel the need to say that after suggesting the Lions draft Tua (or someone like Tua maybe in future years - Trevor Lawrence, for example) to change the culture around here. Kind of like a reset button.