"Matthew Stafford is our quarterback; he will be our quarterback here. Listen—this guy is a really talented player. Myself, the coaches, need to put him in better situations to allow him to use his skill set. Matthew is extremely tough. He's extremely diligent in his work ethic. He sets a great example for all our players, and really all of our staff on how to go about his business."
The 30-year-old University of Georgia product completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 3,777 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while playing all 16 games. It was the first time he's finished below 4,000 as the team's full-time starter, and his 89.9 QB rating was his lowest since 2014.
"Matthew obviously didn't have his best statistical year," Quinn said. "I think that's stated and known. We went through obviously some changes in the offseason. We really committed to the running game."
The Lions finished 6-10—the worst record in the NFC North—and ranked 24th in total offense and 25th in scoring offense.
In December, an NFL insider explained to Mike Sando of ESPN.com that Detroit could trade Stafford and allow head coach Matt Patricia to build around a hand-picked quarterback.
"Patricia and Quinn both spent a long time in the Patriots organization, where they watched Tom Brady very closely," the source told Sando. "They are going to want somebody who prepares and manages the game more like Tom."
For his part, Stafford said last month he wanted to remain with the Lions.
"I think there's something special about a guy getting a chance to play his entire career in one place," he told reporters. "Not many guys get to do that these days. I would love to be one of those guys."