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Faith in Stafford

If you’re doubting the abilities of rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, you haven’t talked to Lions’ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan lately. He’s the man who must lead Stafford through the minefield of his first NFL season. Know this, Linehan has faith in Stafford.

Linehan said all quarterbacks have peaks and valleys, but rookies have more than veterans. The difference in what makes a good quarterback is the ability to deal with adversity. Linehan thinks Stafford has a short memory which is a good thing. He has to learn from his mistakes (like the five interceptions at Seattle), but move on and not be hampered by past mistakes.

Stafford’s in an unenviable position on a rebuilding team with a new offensive scheme. The offensive line could use some shoring up. The receivers have dropped way too many balls and the running backs have yet to find their “explosive” gear.

 Linehan has faith in the kid quarterback, so does coach Jim Schwartz. When will Stafford have a break-through game? That’s why we keep watching.


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