Mayhew impressed with Stafford’s season, but says there’s room for growth

Posted by ttwentyman on February 24, 2012 – 2:09 pm

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford just completed a 5,038-yard, 41-touchdown, 10-win season that made it pretty easy to forget that he just turned 24 years old.

Stafford certainly played well beyond his years this past season, but he isn’t even close to reaching his potential with only 30 career starts under his belt.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the mental part of the game is always an aspect that can continue to develop in a young player like Stafford.

“He’s a very sharp guy, but I’ll think (offensive coordinator) Scott (Linehan) is going to continue to expand the offense and do some different things and (Stafford) is going to continue to grow with that,” Mayhew said.

“I think he can still grow as a player and grow in our offense. Scott does a great job with our offense continuing to expand with the things we do and working with personnel groups and things like that. I think there is still a lot of growth he can make. He is still young. “

Mayhew said that he spoke with people following the season who weren’t impressed with Stafford’s season.

Not impressed?

“I’ve heard some people say they weren’t impressed, and I’m saying anytime you can do something that only three other guys have done in the history of the NFL (throw for 5,000 yards in a season), I think that’s impressive,” Mayhew said.

“The thing that we have to do is put pieces around him for him to be successful.”

For all those out there not impressed by Stafford last season (that includes you, Marshall Faulk), just remember that he’s only 24 and has less than two full season’s worth of starts under his belt.

Not impressed with 5,000 yards? That’s just silly.


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8 Responses to “Mayhew impressed with Stafford’s season, but says there’s room for growth”

  1. By Ghost on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    Matt learned how to stay healthy except for the broken finger and continued to learn at the NFL level. So we have a bright future. Oh if we only had number 20 now.

  2. By Benn on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    AND…5000+ yards passing was only just eclipsed for the second and third time LAST SEASON; so it’s been a record that’s stood since Dan Marino set it back in 1984.

    I wonder if the entire NFL was impressed with Marshall Falk when he was 23 years old.

    Let’s see, when Marshall was 23 during the 1996 season, over the course of 13 games he had 198 rushing attempts and gained 587 yards for a 3.0 average gain per carry.

    Not exactly earth-shattering numbers if you ask me. But you know what they say about opinions…everybody’s got one! True, Falk had a Hall of Fame type career, but it seems strange to hear something like that coming out of the mouth of a fellow player, unless it’s simply a case of sour grapes and, dare I say, a bit of jealousy>

  3. By Richard Heyman on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    The fact that Marshal Faulk or anyone else who Knows football are NOT impressed by Matt Stafford’s season is not surprising. Detroit continues to have bias against them for being a team which historically let down their fans, and those who tried to support them. However, as Mayhew said, anyone who doesn’t find the fact that he did something only THREE (3) other QBs have ever accomplished impressive, is just ignorant. I believe Matt and CJ rather make their argument on the field, and let people like the Ryans do all the talking. As was demonstrated at the Pro Bowl, it is nothing more than a show comprised of popular names regardless of their accomplishments.

  4. By gibbyfan23 on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    Avril & tulloch are the key to Stafford & Johnson,Buerlson,Young,Pettigrew,Scheffler success,them 2 defensive Stars,are the key to Detroits success this year, i understand wanting to get paid,&get paid,but don’t make it rediculis for the LIONS not to compete,Johnson will restructure his deal to sign both Avril& Tulloch,but Detroit has got to give a little room here to,trade that 1st rd pick and stock pile 2-3 rd picks for future draft, there are plenty Trumaine Johnson and Isiah Peads to be had, excellent players that will impact a team, and will be availible to DETROIT, so pay your stars and worry about the KIDS later,hiddentalents are availible in this years draft, you just got to find them.

  5. By gibbyfan23 on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    i am a 100% DETROIT LIONS FAN, but new england is a perfect example of finding that hidden talent, that don’t get caught up on that MARQUE player as other teams do, sure they want that top teir talents as does every body does, but they evaluate that 2cd guy as hard or harder, henceforth they always find the diamond in the rough, billicek gets players that want to PLAY for him and the franchise, Schwartz,Mayhew and Lewand are becoming that tandum, we have enough players to make a superbowl run, lets get the handfull of players to win us that SUPERBOWL,by keeping our talents,Avril,Tulloch,Stanton,,Carpenter,Levy, we have a few needs that can be address with the draft and free agency, RB’S, DB’S and Safties, if the safties and DB’S hold the WR’S a second longer our D-Line becomes twice as effective, see the beggining of the year compared to the ending of the year, and coaches, somebody PLEASE turn Willie Young & Nick Fairley loose, them BOY’s are our next MONSTER’S, concentrate on our DB’s,Safties and offensive line, will get a RB to help our ground game and protect Stafford and his quest for 6000 yrds.

  6. By jerry harris on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    marshel faulk is a idiot lets see him throw 4 5000 yards r rush 4 2000 somethink he could not do

  7. By Scott Beattie on Feb 27, 2012 | Reply

    I believe in the phrase “What you think of me is none of my business.” People in the media are paid to have opinions and the more attention that is drawn to them, the more job security. All that matters is that Stafford approves of the job he did this past season and certainly helps to have bosses that feel the same way.

  8. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Stafford can be as good as he wants to be, this kid is SUPER-TALENTED!!!

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