First of all, new Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi does not think quarterback Matthew Stafford is broken.
After watching all of the interceptions that Stafford threw last season — there were 19 — Lombardi came away with a positive outlook.
“I looked at every single one of his interceptions in depth,’’ Lombardi said on Friday. “Not every single one was something that Matthew did wrong. There were interceptions that happened because the receiver breaks his route out too early or goes through the receiver’s hands, gets tipped at the line of scrimmage.
“I was a little encouraged after watching that this was not an interception machine,’’ Lombardi said. “Now like every other quarterback, he needs to get better. Peyton Manning is sitting right now thinking, ‘How am I going to get better next year.’ I guarantee you Drew Brees is thinking how he’s going to play better. By no means is he the perfect quarterback, but like I said he’s smart, he works hard and he’s talented.’’
Lombardi spent the last five seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints where he worked with Drew Brees. Coach Jim Caldwell was the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator who helped develop Peyton Manning.
Stafford, who turned 26 on Friday, will certainly have coaches laden with experience helping him along the way.
“We’re going to have a process that starts on day one and works through the end of the season that is going to help him learn the system, learn defenses, how we want to attack defenses,’’ Lombardi said. “That’s going to make him into a better quarterback.’’