It is no secret that the Detroit Lions took a giant step backwards last season after their 10-6 record in 2011 and first playoff appearance since the 1999 season. Winning only four games in 2012 was not what anyone had anticipated heading into the season, but unfortunately, it is exactly what happened. The good news is the entire team is determined to do whatever it takes to get better and improve on the dismal performance.
“We’re excited to get back out there and kind of get the bad taste out of our mouth from last year,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said, according to CBS 62 Detroit. “I’m going to be the one spearheading the charge and getting this going in the right direction.”
If anyone deserves to take some of the blame for last year, it is Stafford. He exploded in 2011 in his first season in which he was able to stay healthy for all 16 games. He completed 63.5 percent of his passes for a whopping 5,038 passing yards, 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Unfortunately, his numbers dropped off quite a bit last season. His 59.8 completion percentage, 20 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and 79.8 passer rating were not ideal for a team trying to reach the postseason.
Even with the downgrade in performance, the Lions believe Stafford is their man to take them to great heights. In fact, the organization signed him to a five-year, $76 million ($43 million guaranteed) contract extension not too long ago.
There is no question 2013 is a make or break season for several members of the organization. Detroit must find a way to rebound and reach the playoffs again. There is no denying the talent level on the roster. It is just a matter of getting all of the pieces working together like a well-oiled machine.