In partnership with the NFL in the UK

Watch NFL live


Lions OC claims Matt Stafford is better without Calvin Johnson

Published Add your comment

Football News

The Detroit Lions are certainly having an interesting year as they currently sit at 2-3 but are having some big performances.

The Lions are third in the NFC North standings and life after Calvin Johnson is not proving to be too difficult for Detroit.

A missing piece?

Johnson will go down as one of the best receivers in NFL history and his retirement was expected to be the beginning of the end for Detroit.


Got an opinion on Matt Stafford without Megatron? Share it by submitting an article to GMS here:

Instead, we have seen the Lions move on without him and more importantly, quarterback Matt Stafford has been firing as normal.

Stafford has already thrown for over 1,300 yards this season, completing 10 touchdown passes for just four interceptions.

With Stafford seemingly not slowing down despite losing Johnson, Detroit Lions offensive co-ordinator Jim Bob Cooter has been full of praise for his quarterback.

Recently hinting that Stafford is a better player without Johnson, Cooter analysed the progress of his play maker.

"I do think he was better than he was the last year, two years ago, three years ago," - Cooter on Stafford

The Lions have pulled off wins against the Indianapolis Colts and against the previously unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles.

One of the benefits for Detroit this year is that they're seeing defenses actually employ the same schemes they do against other teams.

According to Stafford, he's:

"not seeing as many crazy kick-to-Calvin coverages,"

Whatever the difference is for Detroit, they could certainly do with more of it if they hope to salvage a winning record in 2016.

Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson
Los Angeles Rams
Matthew Stafford
Los Angeles Rams

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again