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New Lions OC Joe Lombardi hinted that he sees Matthew Stafford's footwork as a correctable problem.

It's a bit of a touchy subject in Detroit because of Stafford's past opposition to changing his mechanics, but good news that Lombardi has identified this as an issue. "Matthew has got such a talented arm that I think there are times when he is making throws that you say, 'Hey, maybe you shouldn't have thrown that because of the position of your feet' or whatnot," said Lombardi. Lombardi worked with technically sound Drew Brees for the last seven years. He's going to prioritize improving Stafford's mechanics.

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New OC Joe Lombardi was hired "chiefly" because the Lions believe he can help rejuvenate Matthew Stafford.

Lombardi has been working with Drew Brees/Sean Payton since 2007, first as a Saints offensive assistant and then as their quarterbacks coach. "I feel like we were right on the cutting edge of creativity with what we were able to do with personnel and that kind of thing (in New Orleans)," Brees said. "I see some similarities, obviously, to what Detroit has with their offensive personnel. I'm sure [Lombardi] is going to be very creative with those guys. It's just his talent." Stafford will also be getting tutelage from new head coach Jim Caldwell, who spent a decade coaching Peyton Manning. Stafford's mechanics and efficiency are excellent bets to improve in 2014.

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Lions GM Martin Mayhew admitted that "there certainly has to be some work done" with Matthew Stafford.

Stafford's completion percentage has dipped three consecutive seasons, falling from 63.5 percent in 2011 to 59.8 in 2012 to 58.5 this past season. He also turned the ball over a career-worst 23 times in 2013, while his footwork remains shoddy. The Lions have brought in some quality men to work with Stafford. New coach Jim Caldwell has a history with quarterbacks, and new OC Joe Lombardi spent the past seven seasons with Drew Brees. We remain high on Stafford for 2014.

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New coach Jim Caldwell plans to focus on improving Matthew Stafford's footwork.

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Asked Friday whether he would consider working with a quarterback guru during the offseason, Matthew Stafford replied "It's not my thing."

The Lions' coaching staff under Jim Schwartz and Scott Linehan has consistently let Stafford wing it in terms of fundamentals, which has resulted in wild ups and downs. "It's not something that I feel would be my style or beneficial to me," said Stafford. "I have not (considered a QB tutor)." There are problems outside of mechanics that have led to Stafford's inconsistency, but it was clearly a major issue for the second straight year in 2013, particularly down the stretch. The Lions' next coaching staff needs to make polishing up Stafford a primary priority for the offseason.

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Matthew Stafford completed 25-of-42 passes for 222 yards and two interceptions as the Lions were eliminated from playoff contention in Sunday's Week 16 overtime loss to the Giants.

Having Calvin Johnson (knee) at significantly less than 100 percent -- plus Joique Bell and Theo Riddick vulturing goal-line scores -- severely limited Stafford's box-score stats. Stafford seemed to be settling down in the second half after an ugly first two quarters until he was pick sixed in the fourth frame by Giants S Will Hill. It was Detroit's third turnover of the game, coming on a brutally inaccurate throw by Stafford intended for Joseph Fauria. The No. 3 fantasy quarterback almost all season, Stafford has now strung together three consecutive clunkers. The Lions will face Minnesota in a meaningless Week 17 game.

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Coach Jim Schwartz gave Matthew Stafford a vote of confidence Tuesday.

It's comical, but Schwartz was asked if he ever considered pulling Stafford out of Monday night's loss to the Ravens in favor of Shaun Hill. "We need to be better around him ƒ?" blocking, catching, running the ball," the embattled coach said. "We do that and we support the quarterback. It's not just about one person, but we will get him back." Although Stafford's nine interceptions across the last four games are ugly, he's busted out of mini-slumps in a monster way many times before. He'll remain an elite QB1 in a home game against the Giants Sunday.

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Matthew Stafford completed 18-of-34 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in Detroit's Week 15, 18-16 loss to the Ravens on Monday night.

Stafford was brutal for much of the night. His first interception was a ball that was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Haloti Ngata, the second was a side-armed fling to nobody over the middle of the field, and the third and final pick was an overthrow down the middle that ended up in Matt Elam's hands with 38 seconds left in the game. Stafford was also hurt by drops. Calvin Johnson wasn't himself and dropped three or four passes. Two were flat-out bad. The Lions have lost two in a row and sit at 7-7, third place in the NFC North. They're in serious trouble. If both the Packers and Bears win next week, the Lions are eliminated. Detroit will host the Giants at home in Week 16.

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Matthew Stafford has a 30.2 fourth-quarter quarterback rating over his past four starts, with the Lions going 1-3 in the process.

Stafford had an exceptionally poor fourth quarter in Sunday's snowy loss to the Eagles, and was nearly as bad in Week 11 against the Steelers. There's not a whole lot to read into it, however, as Stafford's season mark of 91.7 in the final period is his best for any quarter. He'll have to be on his game in the fourth quarter on Monday, where the Lions will likely be locked into a tight game with the Ravens.

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Matthew Stafford completed 10-of-25 passes for 148 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's Week 14 loss at Philadelphia.

Stafford handled the snowy conditions extremely poorly. He was only charged with one lost fumble, but there were at least six botched exchanges. Stafford normally throws one of the tightest spirals in the league, but his passes in this one looked like wounded ducks as he completed just four passes in the entire second half (when the snow actually let up). Chalk this one up to the conditions and move on with Stafford as a top-five option at home against the Ravens on Monday Night Football in Week 15.