Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws the ball against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings won 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Lions GM says Matthew Stafford needs 'work'

Under former head coach Jim Schwartz, there would be no public blasting of players. But the Detroit Lions have a new regime and general manager Martin Mayhew apparently wants players to take accountability with their poor play, which is why he seemingly has quarterback Matthew Stafford in his crosshairs.

Stafford was absolutely terrible during the final few weeks of the season for the Lions which saw them go from potential division winner to potential playoff team to being eliminated well before the final game of the regular season.

Now Mayhew wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again and suggested that there is ‘work to be done‘ in regards to his signal caller.

“I think there certainly has to be some work done,” general manager Martin Mayhew said last week. “I couldn’t really quantify that.”

Mayhew didn’t completely blast Stafford (like he could have) and did finish up suggesting that the issues weren’t all Stafford’s fault:

“Didn’t finish up the second half of the season the way we expected to, do the things that we wanted to do. But there are a lot of moving pieces to that. It’s not all on Matthew. I’ve been in contact with him several times since the end of the season and he sounds pretty confident to me.”

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