Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Lions taking shackles off Stafford somewhat

About the Author

Recent posts by Eric Edholm

Reese: Giants' Tuck wants to regain form

Posted Feb. 23, 2013 @ 11:26 a.m.

Chiefs' Dorsey eyes '333 players' for first pick

Posted Feb. 22, 2013 @ 4:33 p.m.

Caldwell might be starting fresh in Jacksonville

Posted Feb. 22, 2013 @ 2:17 p.m.

Related Stories

Detroit Lions: 2013 team needs

Posted March 07, 2013 @ 4:22 p.m.

Lions re-sign LB Levy

Posted March 06, 2013 @ 12:59 p.m.

Lions re-sign OT Hilliard

Posted March 01, 2013 @ 12:05 p.m.

Thompson: Packers not worried about leadership void

Posted Feb. 22, 2013 @ 12:26 p.m.

Vikings should keep Harvin ... for now

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 5:42 p.m.

Rams claim former Lions WR Young

Posted Feb. 05, 2013 @ 4:43 p.m.

Lions release DE Vanden Bosch

Posted Feb. 05, 2013 @ 2:58 p.m.

Lions release ORG Peterman

Posted Feb. 05, 2013 @ 1:27 p.m.
Posted May 26, 2010 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
By Eric Edholm

The Lions appear to be letting out a little slack in the leash they put on QB Matthew Stafford last season. It was put in place for good reason initially: The No. 1 overall pick earned the starting job from Week One, and though he had the requisite skills to handle the position, he still was learning how to perform as a pro and gain a rapport with his skill-position players. That process often was rocky, and the Lions were often shorthanded in terms of playmakers. But there have been signs this offseason that the team is ready to allow Stafford to audible more at the line of scrimmage if he identifies mismatches or vulnerable coverages. Although that freedom will be limited somewhat, this is clearly a sign that the team believes Stafford has a rock-solid grasp on the offensive scheme and that there are enough playmakers around him to create favorable matchups to take advantage of.


For authoritative coverage and analysis of NFL news, free agency and fantasy football, visit

Comments ()