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.