Who’s to blame for the Detroit Lions slow start?
By Mark DeGain
Sep 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell shakes the hands of his team before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Finally, as the leader of this team, Jim Caldwell needs to take the steps necessary to right this ship.
Whether it be personnel changes on the offensive line. Whether it be working closer with Joe Lombardi to develop a solid game plan and help him to adapt when things change through the course of the game. Or, whether it be to set aside some extra practice time, working with Stafford to help him become better under pressure, something needs to be done here.
Things like making the quick decisions are not something that will change overnight. This will take time for it to be drilled into Staffords head, for it to become instinct like it is for many of the great quarterbacks.
You have to remember, prior to 2014, Stafford had a very solid line in front of him. One that could give him all the time in the world to make a decision. He got used to that. He thrived in it. Now that the line isn’t what it was expected to be, an adjustment and change is necessary.
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