Stafford is right about that, but it can also be said that he hasn’t hit his stride yet, either.
Stafford threw his fourth interception of the season in San Francisco and now has twice as many interceptions as touchdowns (2) through two games.
“Matthew’s just playing okay right now,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Monday. “I don’t think he’s hit his stride yet. He’ll probably be the first person to tell you that.”
Linehan said Stafford has played within the scheme the first two weeks. Both the Rams and 49ers have taken away the big plays in the pass game and forced Stafford and the Lions to run the ball and dink and dunk with their pass game.
“You have to really earn it with that defense,” Linehan said of the 49ers. “You may not look like an A-player every time you play that team. He played within the game plan and was executing how we wanted. Other than a couple bad plays, I thought he was doing a nice job.
"We just have to get to where we’re working on some little things, some ball placement things that have to get better and he will. That will come as we go through.”
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday the offense is a work in progress over a 16-game season, but it needs to start turning the ball over less and making the most of opportunities.
“We need to convert a couple of those goal zones and convert that other field goal, don’t turn the ball over,” he said. “I think we have turned the ball over too much in the first couple weeks. We’ll be better in that way.”
Through the first two weeks of the season, Stafford’s 73.2 quarterback rating ranks 27 out of 33 quarterbacks.
“I'm proud of the guys for fighting and hanging in there but we've got to put some effort into coming out and trying to play a little bit better,” Stafford said after the game.
He no doubt was including himself in that comment.