Detroit Lions Season Preview 2014: Offense

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Aug 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (9), Dan Orlovsky (8), Kellen Moore (17) and James Franklin (14) walk to the field before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


Matthew Stafford, Dan Orlovsky, Kellen Moore

Matthew Stafford returns to the helm of the Lions offense for the 2014 season, but with much higher expectations than in years past.

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  • In 2011 many thought that Stafford may be the next quarterback to join the elites of the NFL. However as we would find out over the next two seasons, things wouldn’t go quite as planned. Many said that the late-game turnovers last season were responsible for Detroit’s late season collapse and ultimately the reason the Lions missed the playoffs when the NFC North was all but handed to them.

    Stafford’s real test will be in 2014. Every offensive coach that Lions general manager Martin Mayhew brought in during the off-season seems to be in Stafford’s benefit. Head Coach Jim Caldwell is known for his time spent with Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi spent the last five years in New Orleans with Drew Brees

    Detroit also brought in Jim Bob Cooter to be Stafford’s quarterbacks coach, something the former coaching regime felt was unnecessary.

    With so much expertise around him, 2014 has become essentially a make-or-break year for the Lions sixth year signal caller. I think we see big things from Stafford in 2014.

    Dan Orlovsky returns to the motor city for his second stint with the Lions as Stafford’s back up. If called upon, lets hope it goes better that his first time around.

    Kellen Moore is also back for his third year as the third QB after yet another great performance in the Lions exhibition season.