Jim Caldwell warned Matthew Stafford at halftime about benching

Oct 11, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Lions fell to 0-5 on Sunday after a 42-17 defeat to the Cardinals. Among the talking points after the game was the decision by Jim Caldwell to bench Matthew Stafford during the third quarter.

Stafford struggled in the first half, throwing an interception on Detroit’s opening drive of the game and another early in the second quarter, bringing his interception total for the season to seven. That was apparently enough for Caldwell, who told Stafford at halftime he would be benched if another pass found its way to the opposing team.

With the team winless, frustration is understandably high in Detroit. Perhaps no one feels it more than Caldwell, who felt the need to shake things up a bit on Sunday. We’ll have to see how Stafford and the team respond next week when the Bears come to town.

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