Courtesy of Joe Nicholson, USA Today Sports

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell benched quarterback Matthew Stafford midway through the third quarter losing by a score of 35-7 in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Stafford was having trouble all game long connecting with his receivers downfield and had made some bad mistakes. When he left the game, the veteran had completed 20-of-32 passes for just 188 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

It was a miserable performance, and the final straw was broken, it appeared, when Stafford and receiver Golden Tate had words in the huddle.



Following the game, Stafford revealed Caldwell had told him at halftime he would be benched if he threw another interception, after he’d thrown two in the first half.

Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky took over for Stafford.

The Lions are well on their way to the fifth loss in a row to open the season, looking bad on both sides of the ball. Caldwell has his work cut out for him to make a turnaround, but the honest truth is that the damage is likely already far too extensive to make a repair midseason.