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Stafford: We have to play offense differently without Calvin Johnson

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 07: Calvin Johnson #81 celebrates his first quarter touchdown with Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 07, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Lions say they still haven’t heard any definitive word from wide receiver Calvin Johnson about whether he plans to return to the team for the 2016 season and say they won’t put any pressure on him to speed up his timeline for making that call.

At some point, though, the Lions are going to need to know for sure what Johnson is going to do. The decision will impact their salary cap space and it will impact the design of their offense, something that quarterback Matthew Stafford discussed during a visit to Pro Football Talk on NBCSN on Tuesday.

“We have to play offense a little bit differently,” Stafford said. “It’s something that will take an adjustment if in fact he doesn’t come back and play for us next year. I’m confident that the coaching staff and players we have on the team will make it work.”

You can check out the preview of Stafford’s appearance right here and catch the entire interview on NBCSN at 6:10 p.m. ET.

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18 Responses to “Stafford: We have to play offense differently without Calvin Johnson”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 23, 2016 6:03 PM

    Fatt Matt will no longer be able to throw the ball up blindly and hope for the best.

  2. ariani1985 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:07 PM

    At least you still have the garbage turd bay defense to pad your stats against.

  3. ariani1985 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:08 PM

    Hey Matt, you are starting to look like the green Bay Packers coach!

    #notgood

  4. The ARA says: Feb 23, 2016 6:09 PM

    Now he’s gonna have to be a real QB. Anybody can lob the ball up to Calvin Johnson.

  5. pfatalbert says: Feb 23, 2016 6:22 PM

    meaning, “If you thought I was marginal before, wait until you see me WITHOUT Megatron!”

  6. suhmonster90 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:25 PM

    I think Stafford is going to be a fantasy stud next year. His stats are gonna be great with or without Calvin. I hope that turns into wins and am even optimistic but I’m pretty confident he lights up the Stafford with that “southern twang” of Cooter in his ear

  7. charliecharger says: Feb 23, 2016 7:17 PM

    The Lions will be a lot harder to defend because defenses will have to defend the whole field, not just try to take away Johnson. Now they’ll have to keep guessing. Detroit can roll out a different game plan every week. This will be Stafford’s best season. It’s great to have a HOF WR, but teams do just fine without one. Who was Denver’s stud WR?

  8. staffordsyear says: Feb 23, 2016 7:18 PM

    He’s done quite well connecting with Golden Tate without CJ playing, of course Lions haters who don’t actually watch the team play will say its because Tates an awesome receiver.

    I am anxious to see what the guy can do without Calvin playing anymore, time will tell.

  9. iceracer2015 says: Feb 23, 2016 7:29 PM

    FYI @ the “Stafford sucks without Megatron” crowd:

    The 2014 Lions went 4-1 in games without Johnson.

  10. genericcommenter says: Feb 23, 2016 7:34 PM

    Guy is pretty fat and bald for such a young elite athlete. Good for him he has more than a lifetime of money.

  11. bert1913 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:00 PM

    Calvin, take millions or play in Detroit?

  12. jdphx says: Feb 23, 2016 8:12 PM

    I also think Matt will have a great year.. and I’m not
    even a Lions fan. Have to wonder if Kelly will keep her
    touch up from 3 pt land though? Props to you both.

  13. stevincinci says: Feb 23, 2016 8:20 PM

    genericcommenter says:
    Feb 23, 2016 7:34 PM
    Guy is pretty fat and bald for such a young elite athlete. Good for him he has more than a lifetime of money.

    Where is your picture, judgement guy? Stafford needs a good laugh, on you.

  14. rlpftt says: Feb 23, 2016 9:21 PM

    iceracer2015 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 7:29 PM

    FYI @ the “Stafford sucks without Megatron” crowd:

    The 2014 Lions went 4-1 in games without Johnson.

    ______________________________________

    FYI @ anyone that thinks Stafford is a good QB:

    Stafford still sucks and so do the Lions!

    LoLions!

    Cutler > Stafford

  15. mikealstott says: Feb 23, 2016 11:27 PM

    Calvin Johnson will go down as one of the best and well hung wide receivers in NFL history…

  16. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Feb 24, 2016 9:08 AM

    iceracer2015 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 7:29 PM

    FYI @ the “Stafford sucks without Megatron” crowd:

    The 2014 Lions went 4-1 in games without Johnson.

    ______________________________________

    FYI @ anyone that thinks Stafford is a good QB:

    Stafford still sucks and so do the Lions!

    LoLions!

  17. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Feb 24, 2016 12:52 PM

    I love this rlpftt guy, he at least speaks the truth about these crappy Lions! Run Calvin Run!

    ***** FYI @ anyone that thinks Stafford is a good QB:

    Stafford still sucks and so do the Lions!

    LoLions!

  18. foodinck says: Feb 25, 2016 2:57 AM

    Cut CJ……..who does he think he is?

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