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Lions’ Matthew Stafford puts more pressure on himself than anyone else


The Detroit Lions are trying to bounce back after a disappointing season, and they’ll be doing so with a new head coach and a new offensive coordinator. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been the subject of some criticism and the recipient of some blame for the team’s lack of success, but Stafford isn’t phased and says he is his biggest critic.

“In the NFL, if your quarterback plays really well, your team plays pretty well, and I understand that,” Stafford said, via the team’s website. “We’re no different than any team, so the better I play, the better we’re going to play as a team. Common theory says that.

“Nobody puts more pressure on me than I do. I want to be as good as I can possibly be and not for myself, but to help this team win. That’s the number one goal.”

Statistically Stafford had his second lowest completion percentage of his career, only his rookie season was lower. Still it wasn’t that far off from his career average.

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