Since Matthew Stafford is trying to climb the quarterback charts, new coach Jim Caldwell brought him a ladder.
The new Lions boss is using an old-school teaching technique to try to help Stafford with his mechanics.
It used to require an assistant standing on a ladder behind the quarterback with a camera, but they don’t need a trip to the hardware store now. The handheld camera is focused exclusively on the quarterback, allowing them to study his footwork and mechanics.
“It’s kind of developed and progressed over the years, technology has improved so, yeah, that’s something that we use, and really it’s just to focus in on a quarterback’s fundamentals and techniques,” Caldwell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It doesn’t leave him, but it also gives you a really good view of what’s happening in the middle of the defense.
“Typically a quarterback’s eyes go down the middle of the field, and the camera does the exact same thing so you can see what he’s seeing. You can determine coverages really from looking right down the middle of the field, so all of that plays into it.
“But the big thing is we can look at his mechanics, every little detail of it. That’s his camera, and what we do with that is just try to hone in and perfect his craft in terms of mechanics, etc.”
Stafford has put up big numbers in the past, and certainly has the supporting cast to do so again. But if Caldwell can polish his individual skills, there’s a chance he could get even better.