Detroit Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell earned his first victory on Sunday since the firing of former coach Matt Patricia, and even earned the game-ball from quarterback Matthew Stafford.
However, according to legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, it may be best for the Lions to have someone else under center next season.
While speaking during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Favre suggested that it may be time for the Lions to consider other options when it comes to the quarterback position, as the Stafford era seems to have run its course.
“Matthew has done wonderful things for Detroit except get to the playoffs and go to the Super Bowl,” Favre said. “Is that enough to pay him whatever they pay and just go status quo? I’m not saying it’s his fault, but why not offload this big price tag and start over because it’s sort of what you’re doing year in and year out any way? Again, I’m not blaming him, but from a business standpoint, that seems to be the better route to take, by investing in a young guy and starting over.”
With no division or playoff wins during the Stafford era, Favre isn’t alone in his suggestion that the Lions look to the future of the quarterback position with someone else other than No. 9 carrying the reigns.
You can certainly count Favre as a fan of Bevell, however. The two have remained close friends since meeting in 1995, which was soon followed by Bevell serving as Green Bay Packers quarterback coach as well as Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator during Favre’s tenure with both franchises.
“I think he’s a very brilliant, offensive-minded coach,” Favre said. “Very low key. Not a big rah-rah guy, kind of tells you what he’s thinking, and easy to get along with.”
While Favre is sorry to see how things ended with Patricia, he’s excited for the opportunity ahead of Bevell as he makes his case to Lions management to become full-time head coach.
“I think he deserved a shot long before this shot,” Favre continued. “And I know Darrell, he really liked Matt Patricia and thought a lot of him because we had numerous conversations and in no way, shape or form, is he proud of the fact that this is how he got his chance. But you got to make the most of the opportunity and I’m happy for him. I hate it for Matt, but Darrell is very capable. I think, again, he’s deserved a shot long before, in my opinion.”
During his career, Favre earned 11 Pro-Bowl selections, and led teams to eight division championships, five NFC Championship Games, and two Super Bowl appearances.
– – Quotes via Justin Rogers of The Detroit News Link – –