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Matthew Stafford doesn't think passing coach would be beneficial

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Could Matthew Stafford benefit from a passing coach? He doesn't think so. (USATSI)
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford might be sitting on a ton of raw athleticism and potential but his weekly bouts with consistency -- which usually take the form of poor mechanics coupled with even worse decision making-- have a lot to do with the team finding itself out of the playoff race even though they sat atop the division heading into Week 15.

Much of the criticism aimed at Stafford has included some variation of this caveat: "There's no reason to think he can't be a legit franchise quarterback, all he needs is a QB coach to hold him accountable."

But Stafford was asked this week (via the Detroit Free Press) whether he'd consider working with a passing coach like George Whitfield (who has worked previously with Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger). His response: "Probably not."

When asked why, Stafford added: "I don't know. Just not something I'd feel would be my style (or) beneficial to me, I guess."

Whether that changes in the coming months is another matter -- especially if the Lions decided to move on from coach Jim Schwartz -- but for now, Stafford apparently doesn't think he needs a passing coach.

Meanwhile, Stafford did say that he's motivated to improve given how poorly the team played the second half of the season.

"Yeah, for sure. Anytime you don't achieve the goals that you want individually and as a team, it can do one of two things: It can pull you down or it can motivate you to have a more successful season, not only individually but as a team as well, and I know I'll take it that way."

When asked what he plans to do differently this offseason, Stafford said, "I don't know yet. I'm not really thinking about it to tell you the truth. I'm thinking about the Minnesota Vikings game we have on Sunday. That's what I'm attacking right now. I'll figure that stuff out when I get there."

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