Much has been made about the effect that new Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell and his staff will have on quarterback Matthew Stafford.
It seems like the only one who hasn’t thrown in his two cents was ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian who was vice chairman of the Indianapolis Colts for 10 years while Caldwell was offensive coordinator and then head coach.
Well that has all changed during a conference call on Wednesday.
Polian said Caldwell will have an “extremely good effect” on Stafford.
“Jim is a great quarterback coach, he’s a great coach of fundamentals, he’s a great communicticator, he explains the game clearly and concisely it makes it easy for the quarterback to understand,’’ Polian said noting that Caldwell is a stickler on fundamentals.
“... Matthew is going to have to work every day on his fundamentals just as Peyton (Manning) did and that will improve him a lot I think,’’ Polian said.
It won’t be all drudgery.
“Jim is quarterback friendly in a sense he understands how difficult it is to play the position,’’ Polian said. “He’s easy to talk to, easy to get along with, easy to get your thoughts across to him, he’s very good at incorporating those thoughts.
“I think Matthew is going to really enjoy the relationship, he’s going to work hard, he’s going to become a very sound fundamental quarterback but he’ll enjoy the process as well,’’ Polian said.
Stafford has been a hard worker in his first five seasons with the Lions, all with the same coaching staff.
This season the Lions’ offense will change and look more like the New Orleans Saints’ offense thanks to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi who was the Saints quarterbacks coach the past five seasons.
Lions’ players can start working with the new coaching staff on April 7 according to the collective bargaining agreement.