Matthew Stafford insists offensive changes are business as usual

Nothing went right for the Detroit Lions on both sides of the ball on Monday night against the New York Jets. What’s even worse about the 48-17 loss is that apparently, the Jets knew what offensive plays that the Lions were going to be running.

“We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line,” linebacker Darron Lee said of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was intercepted four times in the Detroit Lions’ 48-17 loss at Ford Field.

“We knew his signals,” Lee said. “We knew everything. That’s just preparation as a defense. It seemed like we were in his head as a defense.”

Heading into their Week 2 matchup in San Francisco against the 49ers, the Lions will be switching up their offensive plays. However, they’re insisting that that’s just business as usual, and not a response to opposition defenses being aware of what’s coming.

“We do every week,” Stafford said. “So I don’t know what they thought they had. Not too worried about that honestly, to tell you the truth.”

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It was not one of Stafford’s finer moments as an NFL quarterback. He was 27 of 46 for 286 yards, one touchdown and a whopping four interceptions. He also had his lowest quarterback rating since December of 2012 with 47.9 But he’s not concerned that his signals or his team’s offensive schemes are predictable.

“Listen, man, you win a game, you get to say whatever you want — and I get that,” Stafford continued. “We’re constantly evolving and changing all that kind of stuff, our communication tools as an offense, as our defense is. So I don’t put too much credit on that.”

Stafford was listed as a full participant on the practice squad despite taking a beating against the Jets that caused him to leave the game briefly and be replaced by Matt Cassel. He took a cleat to his shin early on, and then was roughed up by both Henry Anderson and Leonard Williams at the same time.

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“I was a full participant today and feel fine,” he said. “So I’ll be good to go.”

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