As a veteran quarterback in the NFL, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford knows how important it is to remain grounded rather than getting too high or too low.
While speaking with the media, Stafford rarely (if ever) shows emotion but on Wednesday, he got fired up while talking to reporters. (At least as fired up as he ever gets during a presser)
“It’s one of the few positions on the field sometimes where the more emotional, the harder you try, the more worked up you get, the worse you play,” Stafford said Wednesday during a video conference with Detroit media.
“A lot of times in football that can be beneficial to guys. I just don’t think so. As a quarterback, it doesn’t mean that inside I’m not pissed at times or pumped at times or whatever it is. There’s all of that in there. But, I’ve got to make sure that I move on to the next play or the next game or whatever it is.
“I can’t let the last one linger. If I go out and throw a pick in a four-minute offense in the Chicago game, I better get my ass ready to go out there and go down on a two-minute drive and try and score a touchdown,” he said. “So, it does me no good to get lost in my emotions and how I’m feeling at the moment. I just got to go out there and work to the next play, and help lead our team. I’m trying to do that to the best of my ability.”
“I feel like as a quarterback, there’s plenty of times in practice to show emotion and to talk to guys and get on guys — whatever it is I need to do. At the same time, on gameday, we got to go to the next one. We’ve got to go to the next one and make the next play work,” Stafford explained further. “Whether we made the last one work or not, it’s just something that I remember watching quarterbacks do when I was a kid growing up. And everybody has their own style of doing it. But, it was obviously something that was important to helping those guys lead their team. So, try to adapt it and put it into my game.”