In 2013, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw for over 4,600 yards and 29 touchdowns. But, he also tossed 19 balls in the direction of the team in the different color jerseys, which was looked at by analysts a lot more than his positive stats were, and deservedly so.
However, with a new regime beginning in Detroit with head coach Jim Caldwell at the helm, new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has been looking at a lot of film on the most important piece of his game plan, and he obviously believes that the rash of interceptions is something he can fix, saying that Stafford is not an ‘interception machine.’
#Lions OC Joe Lombardi says encouraged after watching interceptions from Stafford: ‘This is not an interception machine.’
— Paula Pasche (@paulapasche) February 7, 2014
Turnovers have been the Achilles heel of Stafford’s career, and they’ve certainly held a lot of media members and experts back from calling the Lions’ signal caller one of the best in the game. For every one person that brings up the massive yardage numbers that Stafford threw for, there are probably five people that point out the interceptions.
Lombardi, apparently, sees this as something that he can easily fix.