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Matthew Stafford embracing an offseason of change

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The Lions haven’t had any consistent measure of success, but quarterback Matthew Stafford also hadn’t had to learn a new offense until this year.

But with coach Jim Schwartz replaced by Jim Caldwell, Stafford’s offseason has changed, and he hopes the results will too.

I think I’ve embraced it,” Stafford said, via Mike O’Hara of the team’s official website. “It’s something that is obviously a challenge. I don’t see this as something that I’m on this path by myself, but at the same time, I know the guys on the team are going to look up to me.

“You never want to see coaches go, or people you’ve been with five-plus years, [backup quarterback] Shaun Hill included. But sometimes change can be a great thing. That’s the mindset I’ve taken into this.

“Frankly, to be successful after the changes, that’s the only mind-set you can have.“

The Lions added weapons to an already potent offense this offseason, with Golden Tate and first-round tight end Eric Ebron joining an already good mix.

So Stafford knows the pressure is on him more than ever, to prevent the kind of collapse (losing six of their last seven) that led to the wholesale changes.

“We know not only the significance for our season, our team and our livelihoods,” Stafford said. “But for the city, we knew what it would mean. Absolutely, we knew it.

“It wasn’t easy going through it, that’s for sure, but I think coming out of it on the other side we’ll be better for it.

“It was tough . . . not only for me personally but for our team.”

Losing players and coaches he was close to had to be tough for Stafford, but the remarkable losing was tougher, which is reason enough to welcome Caldwell.

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24 Responses to “Matthew Stafford embracing an offseason of change”
  1. calvinthegreat82 says: Jul 14, 2014 10:31 AM

    Jay Cutler is so much better than Stafford, I wish I he was our QB. Stafford is an interception machine and very inconsistent.

  2. adolfoliverbush says: Jul 14, 2014 10:39 AM

    Stafford and the Lions are going to have a great year. They have a potentially dynamic offense and a very underrated defense. I can’t wait to kick this thing off!

  3. jazsrt says: Jul 14, 2014 10:43 AM

    Anndddd…becuase of that first comment, here comes the ‘sweep’ and ‘Quitler’ comments…lol.

  4. lionswinsuperbowl says: Jul 14, 2014 10:52 AM

    Jay Cutler couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 14, 2014 10:53 AM

    It sounds good, but this team hasn’t ever embraced change towards ideal winning results before, so it’s awkward to say that without delving into why this team wasn’t able to figure out how to make those changes at any other point in the last several decades. Can he or somebody explain exactly why there is confidence that we have a serious attitude towards wanting to change things for the better and why the fans should have confidence in this new attempt at change?

  6. cruzer1996 says: Jul 14, 2014 10:55 AM

    Already good mix? Megatron was pretty much it from the receivers, and he had hand/knee injuries that made it hard for him to produce at 100%. They are still thin, hopefully Tate can stay healthy, because they don’t have much speed besides those two on the outside, unless Corey Fuller comes up big.

  7. cfballfan1 says: Jul 14, 2014 10:56 AM

    Stafford usually says the right things, but now he needs to prove that he will embrace change and commit himself to getting better. That means cutting down those killer turnovers.

  8. qdog112 says: Jul 14, 2014 10:56 AM

    “I think I’ve embraced it,” Stafford said”

    ********************
    Please translate. I thought you either embraced it or not. If he doesn’t know, that’s troublesome.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 14, 2014 10:57 AM

    Hey Calvinthegoof,

    I wonder if Jay Cutler is better because he has TREMENDOUS PASS CATCHERS like All-Pro Brandon Marshall, Pro Bowl Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, and Pro Bowl Matt Forte… and… all Stafford has is Calvin Johnson (.. and Reggie Bush when he isn’t injured).

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Rustbelt

  10. enelsoniii says: Jul 14, 2014 10:58 AM

    Nobody impacted the collapse more in 2013 than Stafford. If he makes better decisions in the 4th quarter this is a 12 win team. If not, they struggle to win 8.

  11. hyzers says: Jul 14, 2014 10:58 AM

    Lions will sweep the Bears and Suh is going to end Quitler’s career this year.

  12. thetruthcampaign says: Jul 14, 2014 11:02 AM

    It wasn’t just losing 6 of 7, it was losing 6 of 7 to BAD teams, games they should have won.

  13. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 14, 2014 11:09 AM

    One of the three teams that will be competing in the NFC North this year. The only for sure last place team is of course the Minnesota Vikings.

  14. tremoluxman says: Jul 14, 2014 11:12 AM

    “I see no need to work on my mechanics or game,” Stafford.

  15. ariani1985 says: Jul 14, 2014 11:16 AM

    He’s the only good QB in the division.

  16. vikesr4reel says: Jul 14, 2014 11:16 AM

    Sanford will grab his chest and embrace the suck
    Worse QB in the NFC north by a mile.
    1 and 15
    Book it!
    Skol

  17. steveb9995 says: Jul 14, 2014 11:37 AM

    Last year’s Lions were three plays away from 10 wins, even with drops, INTs, and unimaginative coaching. This year’s team has 12 wins written all over it. Go Lions!

  18. tacomatiger says: Jul 14, 2014 12:01 PM

    Golden Tate runs sloppy routes, prepare yourself for a let down

  19. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 14, 2014 12:36 PM

    Golden will SMOKE the Green Bay secondary….book it.

  20. tootitan says: Jul 14, 2014 1:14 PM

    “So Stafford knows the pressure is on him more than ever, to prevent the kind of collapse (losing six of their last seven) that led to the wholesale changes.”
    And
    “Nobody impacted the collapse more in 2013 than Stafford. If he makes better decisions in the 4th quarter this is a 12 win team. If not, they struggle to win 8.”

    Detroit has a defensive squad too; I seem to recall that more than once they bore some responsibility for those collapses
    .
    And to vikesr4real: “Sanford will grab his chest and embrace the suck”. This discussion is about Matt Stafford – not sure who Sanford is. No malice intended by this comment – Redd Foxx used to have a funny and raunchy TV show called “Sanford and Son”. I hadn’t thought of that show in years, so thanks.

  21. doe22us says: Jul 14, 2014 1:22 PM

    Now, that the WC is over what a welcome distraction for the month, back to listening to false hopes where everyone is good. Lets check back on teams mid season shall we.

  22. lawrance4 says: Jul 14, 2014 1:42 PM

    “Nobody impacted the collapse more in 2013 than Stafford. If he makes better decisions in the 4th quarter this is a 12 win team. If not, they struggle to win 8.”

    (from Office Space) Um, yea… I’m going to have to go ahead and disagree with you…

    While Stafford’s play didn’t help, the main reason for two seasons of nearly identical collapses were the coaching staff. They did not know how to make adjustments and our team was 100% predictable. Teams had us figured out and that’s a recipe for failure in the NFL.

  23. steelerben says: Jul 14, 2014 1:47 PM

    Matthew Stafford Embracing an Offseason of Change, He Thinks.

    There, I fixed it for you.

  24. linemanguy74 says: Jul 14, 2014 6:22 PM

    Bigger chocker Stafford or Cutler ??

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