Day one of Training Camp pressers ended with the Detroit Lions‘ quarterback, Matthew Stafford this afternoon. Stafford discussed many things, especially regarding the offense and what it’s going to take to be successful heading into the 2016 season.
One of the main points Stafford discussed that really stuck out was when talking about the offense. He pointed out that the overall success of the offense begins with him and that it’s on him to make sure the Lions have a great season offensively.
Matthew Stafford: "This league, if the quarterback plays well, your chances improve. It's on me." pic.twitter.com/beAqSaof3S
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) July 28, 2016
That’s the kind of stuff you like hearing from the leader of your football team.
The question of the new look wide receiving corps in Detroit was presented to Stafford. He weighed in on how the offense will look different without the presence of Calvin Johnson among other things. It’s plain and simple, the Calvin talk has kept going and going like the ‘Energizer’ bunny, but the reality is that he’s not on the team anymore. The Lions are going to have to adapt to life without Megatron whether they want to or not and do their best with what they have at their disposal. With how Stafford was sounding, it seems as though the offense is ready to move on from Calvin and begin a new chapter.
Matthew Stafford on new-look Lions WR corps: "Post Calvin, it’s different obviously. Calvin’s a Hall of Fame receiver"
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) July 28, 2016
The press conference saw a little humor involved during Stafford’s time at the podium. When asked about what he thought of the new deal regarding the Indianapolis Colts‘ franchise quarterback Andrew Luck, Stafford had this to say…
Matthew Stafford could be impacted by Andrew Luck's deal. His thoughts on the deal?
"Yeah. I thought it was a good deal."
— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) July 28, 2016
Stafford went on to talk about how he never really let contracts or anything of that nature affect how he plays the game of football. About a month ago, Luck signed a six-year, $140 million dollar contract.
From the time that Stafford was at the podium, he seemed extremely zeroed in. He seems primed and ready to have a great Training Camp, take that into the 2016 season, and have it be ‘all systems go’ from then on. He’s the leader of this football team with an offense put in place by offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter that is primed for a quarterback of Stafford’s talent. With a full Training Camp to really dissect the offense and have its scheme locked in and ready to go come Week 1, I think you can expect an extremely solid season from #9.