Matthew Stafford on Jaworski criticism: I understand he has a job to do

AP

When Donovan McNabb was critical of the Lions’ decision to give quarterback Matthew Stafford a big new contract, Stafford said he understood where McNabb was coming from because the Lions were coming off of a 4-12 season.

Stafford didn’t agree with McNabb, presumably, and he also doesn’t agree with Ron Jaworski’s scathing offseason assessment on his mechanics. He was still good-natured about Jaworski’s right to express it, however.

“I understand they have a job to do,” Stafford said, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. “They have to talk, and in the offseason there’s not a whole lot to talk about. Believe me, I take a close look at my game at all times and try to make sure I play my best.”

Stafford has taken issue with criticism on that front in the past, so it’s no surprise that he still thinks his mechanics are sound enough to succeed. The ultimate answer to the question will come on the field this season. If the Lions approach the 10 wins they had in 2011 and Stafford’s touchdown-to-interception ratio rebounds the same way, there probably won’t be much talk about his subpar mechanics.

47 responses to “Matthew Stafford on Jaworski criticism: I understand he has a job to do

  1. Stafford is capable of making some pretty unconventional throws but he often makes them when he doesn’t have to. He’s gotten a bit of happy feet and too often throws like he’s under duress when he’s really not. I think its decision making more than mechanics that is hampering Stafford.

  2. You have to give Stafford a bit of a pass last year. Yes CJ will help any QB look good, but when WRs 2, 3 & 4 are all on IR or have gone insane, it’s hard to have stellar numbers.

    Besides, in spite of that he still threw for 4,900 yards and is the QB to throw for 10,000 yards the earliest in his career.

  3. Funny, where were the mechanics criticisms in 2011 when he threw for 41 tds & 16 ints? Obviously he stunk it up last year and the team lost all of the close games (9 single digit games) causing him to try and do more.

  4. His mechanics WERE terrible last year. When you can’t step into throws because the right guard and center are 6″ in front of you, you’ll have to make some sloppy passes, but it went way beyond that. Stafford rushed releases and didn’t appear to make any attempt to find better windows.

    I love the guy, but yeesh, so frustrating to watch after his 2011 campaign.

  5. Ok…I just have to comment here…

    Jaws was an average NFL QB. I understand that his play on the field doesn’t mean he’s not brilliant when breaking down the game…but every week you read something about this guy bashing some QB, his mechanics, etc. I always feel like the pot is calling the kettle black.

    Just sayin…

  6. For the most part Jaws hits it right on the head as far as QB’s go. It may be wise for Stafford to heed his advise.

  7. Tough to have sound mechanics when you’re running for your life nearly every play. .He and his bad mechanics are welcome to come to the Jets at any time, consider this an open invitation.

  8. As a Packer fan, I’ve never seen Stafford as any part of the problem for their offense. To me it always seems like HB has been a problem. Anytime they actually get a competent RB, he gets hurt within a few games.

  9. Stafford can be unorthodox at times, but his talent is undeniable, and he has the luxury of throwing the ball to arguably the most physically-gifted wide receiver to ever play the game. Despite this, the Lions organization hasn’t exactly put their QB in the very best situation to succeed…and up to now they’ve failed to adequately address these 3 very important factors towards success:

    1. Build a strong, reliable offensive line that keeps Stafford upright.
    2. Employ a strong running game that takes pressure off of the QB and keeps defenses honest.
    3. Acquire another talented receiver who can take advantage of defenses who double and triple-team Calvin Johnson.

  10. Pretty mature response by Stafford. He’s a good QB and I suspect he is working to correct his mechanics — it’s the O-line that he should really be worried about.

  11. Sorry folks… I ‘m a Detroit Lions fan… and I’m telling you that Jaws has a point.

    Forget the excuses… last year he was not so good. He’s taken one or two steps backwards… and it DID NOT show any better during preseason.

    Lions were 16th in league with 59% completion during preseason… Stafford was 14th WORST 49% – meaning his backups were MORE accurate than he was.

    Vince YOUNG was more accurate than Stafford with about the same amounts of attempts… RYAN MALLETT was better with almost TWICE the number of attempts. And Stafford was playing with STARTERS.

    So far, Stafford has failed to do his part in silencing the critics. Best way to shut up critics??? Go out and perform – it’s all in Staffords hands… literally.

  12. Stafford clearly isn’t the Lions’ main problem. If the defense and running game can hold up their end of the bargain you’ll see him play a little more controlled football and not try to make all those superman throws.

  13. chaypin says: Sep 3, 2013 4:12 PM

    “Jaworski is also the guy who thinks Kaepernick will be the best quarterback ever. Nobody should listen to anything he has to say. Ever.”

    Jaworski has Kaepernick ranked as the 11th best QB going into the 2013 season.

  14. I don’t think he does too badly, considering how poorly his team ran the ball last year. Not a Lions fan, but I am excited to see if Reggie Bush can drive up those passing numbers even more, as this team has desired a speed back for years.

  15. Packer fan here, i do think stafford had bad mechanics last year. But, the running game was an issue all year, wrs were hurt left and right, and the o-line is nothing to be proud of. Many times he had to have bad mechanics just to get a throw away. The only thing will be if backfoot throws and such will become a bad habit, like jay cutler.

  16. Hilarious, given the fact that Staffords TD-Int ratio and QB Rating are both better than Jaws. So if Jaws couldn’t figure out the flaws in his own game, how does he have the right to identify anybody elses. Get Jim Kelly or Dan Marino to do your analysis. One of the greats. Not Dan Marino’s backup.

  17. The criticism of is throwing mechanics is legitimate when he does it with time to throw, but a lot of the time he’s got no choice since he’s running for his life behind that line + having no running back after Jahvid Best went down.

  18. LoThe funny thing about QB rankings is they fluctuate based on win-loss records and the comments are tailored to justify that position. Jaws had Stafford and Rivers ranked high a year or two ago and made no mention of mechanics, then they both have awful records and suddenly it’s because they have mechanics issues (and not, you know, due to poor coaching, injuries, crappy defense, drops, lack of a running game, lack of an offensive line, or just plain bad luck).

    Flacco is a sub-par QB his whole career and never cracks Jaws’ top 10, then rips off an amazing postseason and suddenly finds himself in Jaws’ top 5. Kaep is the greatest QB ever after 9 games and a Super Bowl run. Apparently small sample sizes also don’t apply when Jaws reviews his “game tape”.

  19. Staffords mechanics are no worse than Philip Rivers mechanics. Might even be better! Have to agree with you getatmeplease about Jaws assessment of Flacco and Kaepernick. Especially in Kaepernick’s case! Kaepernick’s mechanics are no better than Staffords or Rivers’.

  20. Long time lions fan here, although staffs side arm scares the heck out of me I like the options it gives him
    I lot of his misses last year were due to limited people to send the ball to and poor no terrible protection, here’s hoping those things are rectified this year

  21. he regressed last year to doing things he stopped the year before when he threw 41 TDs. still think he is a good enough qb to win with. if only they could get a Cruz type player to pair with Megatron.

  22. Jaws and McNubb really should not be so critical of Stafford. Both neither won a superbowl or were as good as Stafford. Stafford will surpass Jaws in TD’s in 3-4 seasons. He was drafted by a really bad team with a bad Oline the first few years. He will be alot better than both of those has beens.

  23. judsonjr says:
    Sep 3, 2013 4:52 PM
    As a Packer fan, I’ve never seen Stafford as any part of the problem for their offense. To me it always seems like HB has been a problem. Anytime they actually get a competent RB, he gets hurt within a few games.

    As Lions fans cross their fingers on Reggie Bush and say their rosary.

  24. Jaws is an idiot, but he’s spot on with his assessment. Falling backwards, throwing sidearmed, overthrowing receivers, no touch… With or without pressure on him… He’s got Joey Harrington happy feet… How many TDs has he thrown in the preseason? How many TDs did he throw last year? In fact, it took him 4 games last year before he even threw a TD… How can you have a receiver on the team with almost 2000 yards and only 10 TDs? ESPN doesn’t rate him in the top 15 for QBs, and that’s fair.

  25. blspears says:
    Sep 3, 2013 8:11 PM
    Jaws and McNubb really should not be so critical of Stafford. Both neither won a superbowl or were as good as Stafford. Stafford will surpass Jaws in TD’s in 3-4 seasons. He was drafted by a really bad team with a bad Oline the first few years. He will be alot better than both of those has beens.
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    E-Z now Cowboy!!!LOL Stafford is an above average QB but to say that he’s better than McNabb insults my Football intelligence!!! 4 Seasons of sometimes fantastic sometimes horrific does not come remotely close to what D.Mc accomplished. McNabb has had a Hall Of Fame Caliber career!!!! If you don’t believe me look it up, every QB in NFL History with McNabb’s Career Stats are enshrined in Canton!!! Plus he never ever got to play with a WR the likes of Calvin Johnson!!! The closest he ever got to CJ was T.O. and the record speaks for itself with what he was able to accomplish with a stud #1 WR! I won’t argue that Stafford is waay better than Jaws was tho!!!!Haha Bottom line is Stafford is pretty much the same QB he was at UGA. Superior arm talent, medium-low football IQ, and borderline terrible decision making under stress.

  26. Jaws typically knows his stuff. Stafford gets away with murder because of his arm strength. Last year he threw a lot of lousy balls. It doesn’t help that Megatron is the only Lion receiver who doesn’t drop passes. Pettigrew and Burleson aren’t worth squat. Stafford’s going to need Reggie Bush to stay healthy just to have another reliable target.

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