The Detroit Lions quarterback, Matt Stafford, is turning a deaf ear to the criticism being aimed at him, after last seasons displays.
Despite throwing for 4,650 passing yards and 29 touchdowns, he completed just 58.5 percent of his pass attempts and threw 19 interceptions, his worst season in the NFL since his rookie year.
The Lions did improve on their 2012 season, finishing with a record of 7-9, but the flaws in Staffords' game have attracted the attention of critics. Something Stafford is ignoring.
He told NFL's official website: "(You) learn not to pay attention to everything, Obviously, there are a lot of things that are written. You guys got to fill the papers up, fill the airwaves, and I understand that. But football is on the field."
The Lions have reshuffled their backroom staff for the coming season, with Head Coach Jim Schwartz and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan, being replaced by Jim Caldwell and Joe Lombardi.
Stafford is hoping these changes will help push himself, and the lions, on, he said: "There's definitely room for improvement, not only for myself but as a team."
"That's what this time of year is about. Going out there and working on yourself. Getting to know your new teammates, new coaches, new system."
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