Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) smiles before the game with the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome.

Jim Caldwell: A great time to give Matthew Stafford more structure and guidance


The Detroit Lions have settled on Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell as their head coach. Caldwell’s history includes working with quarterback Peyton Manning, and he is hoping he can help Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford grow and become a better quarterback as well.

“It is a very, very difficult game to play from that position and I think guys grow and develop,” Caldwell told ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show on Friday when asked about Stafford. “Through my experience in the league now, typically, around that fourth, fifth, sixth year you really start to see some more growth and development.”

“It takes time,” Caldwell said. “And the fact of the matter is … when you look at him, he can make all the throws. He’s smart. He’s dedicated. He wants to get better. He works at his craft. And I think it’s a great time to have an opportunity to give him a little more structure and guidance in terms of how we do things.”

Caldwell also showed Stafford drills he could work on while interviewing.

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