With Matthew Stafford, interceptions are going to happen
It seems that Matthew Stafford assaults record books in most every game he plays.
With his 355 passing yards on Sunday, Stafford joined Drew Brees as one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history who has passed for at least 350 yards in four straight games.
Sunday was his 30th start and with 172 yards in the first half, he surpassed 8,000 career yards and joined just four others to have at least 8,000 passing yards in their first 30 starts. He joins Kurt Warner, Dan Marino, Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers in that category.
In Sunday’s win the three interceptions got a little more notice than the records.
While it’s way too early in Stafford’s career to compare him to the greats, history does teach a lesson.
You might remember Brett Favre, the guy in the Levi commercials. He set NFL records in his distinguished career for passing touchdowns (508) and for interceptions (336).
With an aggressive quarterback like Stafford interceptions are going to happen. Three in one half might be a little much, but they are going to happen. He only had 16 all last season, but he had four in the loss at Chicago.
Like coach Jim Schwartz said there’s a fine line between pressing and being aggressive.
“Matt’s very aggressive throwing the ball. He’s got a great arm and he can make throws that maybe some other people can’t,’’ Schwartz said. “Some of those throws are tough to make on a consistent basis, let’s put it that way. ...
“What mattered was the way we came out in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. The way that we had a short memory, we were able to come out and get touchdowns when it mattered. I think that was more important. When we were throwing that last couple series, Matt wasn’t all of a sudden conservative and taking checkdowns and I think you’ve seen that from other quarterbacks in history, around the League and stuff like that. Maybe he’ll make a couple bad plays and all the sudden is a lot more conservative, the coach becomes a lot more conservative. Matt wasn’t that way.’’
Stafford’s aggressiveness is what makes him a standout, a record breaker. Interceptions are going to happen.
By the way, Stafford and several members of the offense including Nate Burleson, Kevin Smith, Dominic Raiola, Jeff Backus, Stephen Peterman and native Michigander Tony Scheffler have a brief moment in the new Pure Michigan Statewide Singalong. And, no, they don't sing.