Matt Stafford has so much potential but so far his Detroit Lions career has been up and down to say the least. Selected by the Lions in the draft after Detroit's winless season in 2008, Stafford was expected to provide a resurgence for the team.
Over the last few years Stafford has done that. It took him a few years - with only three wins in his first two seasons - but since then Stafford has stabilised the Lions franchise with 32 regular seasons wins from 64 attempts, with two playoffs appearances.
Lions fans could have only dreamed of that back in 2009, but now the question isn't whether Stafford can take Detroit to the playoffs, it's whether he can take them to the Super Bowl.
Up and down performances
In three seasons from 2011-13, Stafford threw 52 interceptions and displayed an aptitude for forcing throws. But this downfall was matched by an incredible ability to keep the chains moving.
Back in 2011, Stafford threw 41 passing touchdowns and 5,038 passing yards. But last year he toned down his play. His lowest full season total of interceptions of 12 provided a positive, but Detroit's stop start offense was a huge negative for the once gun happy quarterback.
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Warner offers key advice
Kurt Warner, winner of three NFC Championships and one Super Bowl, believes that Stafford needs to desperately improve his fundamentals to improve as a QB.
"There's still things I think he can clean up with (his fundamentals), and I think if he does, because what I believe as a quarterback is that the more movement you have in your technique, the more opportunity there is to miss," Warner explained, NFL.com reported.
"That's what you kind of see with Matthew Stafford. He makes some incredible plays, even with his arm in different positions. But the consistency's not there that you need at the position to be one of the top quarterbacks in the league and I think that's where cleaning up the technique will help."
Warner added that the Lions' decision to reign in Stafford last season proved to be his downfall.
"I thought (Stafford) was up and down. I think the thing is in the past we've seen his tremendous athletic ability. I mean, the guy can make every throw and he's special with what he can do with his arm," Warner added. "But the one drawback was, with all of that, he made a lot of bad decisions. He would force balls because he just felt physically he could do it."
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