Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass during the second quarter against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Getting Matthew Stafford out of his comfort zone can only be good for Lions
Bob Wojnowski — Detroit News

Matthew Stafford has been dissected from head to toe, although not literally. Actual dissection remains prohibited in the NFL.

Some of it is just plain silly, such as Mike Ditka’s insistence Stafford’s backward-cap look is a sign of slovenliness. Stafford’s cap certainly isn’t the problem, but his head and his toes? That’s where the work begins, the most important work of Stafford’s career.

What Happens at Fullback in the New Detroit Lions Offense?
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

Since Cory Schlesinger’s heyday, the Lions have largely eschewed the fullback position. Moran Norris in 2008 and Jerome Felton in ’10 both played around 20 percent of snaps, and that was the extent of fullback usage under old head coach Jim Schwartz and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

That is about to change, as new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi will be installing the system he learned in New Orleans over the last few seasons.

Detroit Lions shake up scouting department, promote the guy who found Larry Warford
Kyle Meinke –

The Lions have promoted the man who helped bring Larry Warford to Detroit.

Rob Lohman will become the Lions’ assistant director of pro personnel after seven years with the team. Among his duties will be serving as primary advance scout and pro personnel evaluator. He will scout other professional football leagues and assist with college scouting, according to the team.

Golden Tate Blog: He won’t be breaking up that route again
Golden Tate —

Wide receiver Golden Tate talks about visiting the White House and communicating with the defense during practice.

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