The Detroit Lions haven't enjoyed the most blistering start to the NFL season, of that there is no denying.
Despite being so poor on the offensive side of the ball, the Lions find themselves with performing above expectations with a 5-2 record that sees them leading the NFC North ahead of the Packers.
The Lions success has been largely down to their incredible defense this season, and if it wasn't for their turnaround on that side of the ball they would seriously be struggling, with Matt Stafford and co not posting over 24 points all season.
But, despite recent calls from the media describing him as a game manager, Stafford denied he had become more conservative during the teams media day at their 5-star hotel outside London.
"People in the media would label a game manager, others call me a gunslinger, it doesn’t mean very much to me," Stafford said to the assorted members of the media. "I don’t feel like i’m holding back, you know defenses are doing a good job at taking those (50/60 yard throws) away with split safety and deep coverage."
It’s got a very negative connotation (game manager), but doesn’t necessarily mean you are bad. Lot of great quarterbacks have played that way and done well, I’m just trying to play the best football i can play, trying to win games, really not too much into labels." Stafford added.
Calvin Johnson alluded that the Lions had become a bit more conservative however, as when he was questioned by the media he did note how the Lions are trying to cut down on turnovers. "We all know that turnovers are why teams win and lose games," the star receiver said.
Stafford has thrown just nine touchdown passes this year, which is far behind where he would need to be at to match the 29 TD's he threw for last year. He does however have only six interceptions through the season, which the Lions will be happy with as they look to make a run deep into the playoffs.