ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Toward the end of the 2013 season, with the Detroit Lions heading toward another collapse of a finish, quarterback Matthew Stafford scoffed at the idea he should work with a private quarterback coach. At the time, he said he didn’t think it would be “beneficial” to him.
Now, at age 29, Stafford has changed his mind.
For the first time in his career, Stafford spent time with a private quarterback tutor this offseason. He worked in California — the Detroit Free Press tweeted it is Tom House’s group, the same one who works with Stafford’s friend, Matt Ryan — trying to find small areas here and there to improve his game. “Just it is the first time for me, ever since John Stafford taught me how to throw a football,” Stafford said. “But yeah, when you’re preparing, competing really against yourself to be as good as you can possibly be, why not give it everything you’ve got.
“Find different people with different ideas, maybe, that can help you out. Just thought it was an opportunity and went for it and enjoyed it.”
Stafford said he did it because if he plays well, the Lions will play well. This comes after a season during which Stafford completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He said his meetings with a private quarterback coach were not an “overhaul” of what he does, but “little things here and there to think about.” He said there’s “nothing that I feel you guys would see that would ever make a…
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