After mini camp it became clear Matt Stafford had a lot to learn. After all the Lions are installing a brand new offensive system and Stafford is expected to know it inside out.
Well like any good student Matt Stafford did his homework and reported to training camp ready to take the test.
How much Matthew Stafford buys into Joe Lombardi’s new system will determine how well the Lions do this season. And so far Stafford seems committed to even if it takes re-learning the playbook.
Raiola on Stafford: “The guy’s the franchise. He knows what he has to do, he knows what he has to do better.”
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) July 27, 2014
Jim Caldwell also talked about Stafford’s committment in his pre-camp press conference and said so far he is impressed with his signal callers work ethic.
“He is getting better. His command of the offense has been good,” Caldwell said. “As a matter of fact, I sat down with him last week and I said, ‘You look like you’ve gotten a pretty good understanding. I was impressed after he came back. He did not miss a beat. He’s a very smart guy. You can tell he’s worked at it even during the summer. I could see improvement. Footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things. So now, we get a chance to see if he can put it all together, add a few more things and keep progressing and then get some real challenges from our opposition as we start preseason.”
This season represents a watershed moment in Stafford’s career. After a record-setting season in 2011 Stafford has been inconsistent showing flashes of brilliance but has struggled mightily at times. The struggles have led fans to think that Stafford may not be the franchise quarterback the team need to lead them to the first Superbowl.
But with the best wide-out in the game, a pro bowl caliber running back and a dynamic pass catching tight end at his disposal the future is now for Stafford. If the Detroit Lions have trouble scoring points this season they will have to seriously evaluate who they have under center.