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Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he will not bench quarterback Matthew Stafford

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Somebody thought it was necessary to ask Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz the question, even though the answer was obvious.

Detroit has lost four of its last five games, and Stafford has been in a slump during that stretch. He has thrown 10 interceptions and nine touchdowns in that stretch. Stafford failed to throw a touchdown during a loss against Philadelphia, and threw three interceptions in Monday's defeat against Baltimore.

One reporter was adventurous enough to ask Schwartz, who is snarly on a good day, if he has considered benching Stafford.

Schwartz was actually cordial, but his answer was “no."

“I haven't considered making a change," Schwartz said. "Matt's our quarterback. He's going to remain our quarterback, and he's going to play well for us. I think the first thing you look at is it's all about the team, and we haven't played well enough around him at other times. I mean, there were some times we dropped some passes, there were some times where we cut guys loose or got beat in protection. Other times he could make a little better throw and we just need to be better around him.

"We need to be better blocking, we need to be better catching, we need to be running the football."

Schwartz was later asked if Stafford needed a break.

"When would you have made that change?" Schwartz said. "Would you have made it before that drive when we took the lead? Is that when you would have made that change? Would you have made it after we threw a touchdown pass that gave us the lead? Is that the time to replace him?

"That's what you get into. There are not many teams in the league that will yank a quarterback or shuffle a quarterback back and forth. I don't think that's a very productive environment, either."

Obviously, Schwartz is not familiar with Washington coach Mike Shanahan’s method of supporting a quarterback.

Stafford was given a three-year contract extension worth $53 million this offseason, and he will earn $76.5 million over five years. He received $41.5 million guaranteed and a $27.5 million signing bonus. In other words, any coach dumb enough to bench Stafford should be fired instantly.

It was an interesting question, but the answer was obvious.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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