Matt Stafford moving relationship with Darrell Bevell into fast forward

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Matthew Stafford is heading into his 11th season as the Lions’ quarterback, but his first with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. He doesn’t want any excuses about a new playbook slowing things down this year.

Stafford said on NFL Network that he and Bevell are working hard together to make sure everyone is on the same page in advance of Week One.

“For coach Bevell and I, we’ve got to put our relationship in fast forward,” Stafford said. “The sooner we’re seeing eye to eye and understanding what each other like, and what we’re thinking, the better for this offense. We’ve had some great conversations. I’ve done everything I can to try and dive into this playbook and make sure that I’m pushing the other guys in this offense to catch up and make sure were going at the level we need to. We’ve got a talented team. There’s no time to sit around. Let’s go win some games and do it at a high level.”

Stafford and the Lions’ offense were a disappointment last year, which is why Jim Bob Cooter was fired and Bevell was hired to replace him. No one in Detroit can afford a repeat of 2018, so Stafford and Bevell need to make sure everything is a go.

15 responses to “Matt Stafford moving relationship with Darrell Bevell into fast forward

  1. “The sooner we’re seeing eye to eye and understanding what each other like, and what we’re thinking, the better for this offense.”
    Jim Bob Cooter tried to tailor an offense to Stafford already and it lead to that horrible season last year (that’s why JBC isn’t here anymore).

    When your last name isn’t Favre or Rogers (and even if it is) “seeing eye to eye” should go like this….
    Coach- “I’m coach Bevell, here’s how to implement my system”
    Player – “Ok Coach, I’ll try my best”

    The reality is that we have yet to find a TE that Stafford can complete a pass to, and Bevell wants a TE centered system, so it probably doesn’t matter if they see eye to eye or not…

  2. No need to worry about a call to pass the ball at the 2 yard line in a playoff or title game. Bevell learned his lesson witht he Seahawks and the Lions will not present him with the opportunity to make the same mistake twice.

  3. Wasn’t bevell that called that pass pal …good ol Pete did that , he called for a pass

  4. killercats465 says:
    August 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    I like everything about Stafford- except all the losing!

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    I think it’s the 60 years of losing, not necessarily Stafford. 1 playoff win since 57 sounds more like a systemic organizational issue.

  5. If only Aaron Rodgers can sound like Stafford and willing to work together, showing true leadership skills instead of thinking he’s so good that he doesn’t need coaching or approval…

  6. This Lions team may just surprise a few teams. Lets remember, last year we had a first time HC who was coming off a Superbowl season. He had a lot on his plate. This year is the true test. Also bothe the HC and offensive coordinator have both won Superbowls. I think the team is becoming a team for once

  7. I think it’s the 60 years of losing, not necessarily Stafford. 1 playoff win since 57 sounds more like a systemic organizational issue.

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    DING DING DING!!!! Stafford still sucks though he always turns the ball over in critical games (i.e. playoffs) and then desperate Lions fans point to the refs as the issue.

  8. papatrol , you refer to the Lions as we yet based on your comment you somehow overlooked that the Lions signed Jesse James , signed Logan Thomas , drafted Hockenson with the 9th pick and also drafted Nauta from Georgia to totally revamp their TE position . Don’t think the Lions are going to have any problem with getting the TEs more involved in the offense based on the upgrades they made from what they had last year .

  9. shurmanblog says:
    August 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    papatrol , you refer to the Lions as we yet based on your comment you somehow overlooked that the Lions signed Jesse James , signed Logan Thomas , drafted Hockenson with the 9th pick and also drafted Nauta from Georgia to totally revamp their TE position . Don’t think the Lions are going to have any problem with getting the TEs more involved in the offense based on the upgrades they made from what they had last year .

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    You forgot to tell papatrol that we drafted Eric Ebron to totally revamp our TE position and he didn’t start playing well until he was completely removed from the Lions horrid system and organization and is now a top five TE in the league…..

  10. Shurmanblog I agree that they have sunk a lot of resources into the TE position, at least partly because Bevell wants to use multiple TE sets, but as a Lion’s fan, I know this isn’t the first time they have used a first round pick on a TE, nor is it the first time we have heard about a total rebuild at the TE position.
    I actually really like the TEs they brought in this year. The problem seems to be that there’s something about the way Stafford throws the ball that makes it hard for TEs to catch. Maybe he can’t take a little off for shorter throws, maybe he forgets they can’t accelerate like a wide receiver… I’m not sure what it is, but he has a way of making TEs look like they can’t catch. And we know, at least in the case of Ebron, the problem had to be Stafford, because Ebron looked like a bum when he was here and looked great in Indy.

  11. Hockenson will be better than Ebron! There I said it. You can book it if you want.

  12. Hockenson is the same as Ebron! There I said it. You can book it if you want.

  13. Hockenson appears to be able to hold onto the football, while Ebron dropped too many and thought nothing of it while pissing of fans with his attitude. My guess is his attitude has not changed in Indy. He dropped 9 last year. That’s too many, But he scored 13 td’s. That ratio was not nearly as good in Detroit. He dropped more than he scored.

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