Stafford says he'll be highly motivated this offseason

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Matthew Stafford said the way this season finished both personally and for the team will serve as motivation to get better this offseason

Matthew Stafford’s struggles the last five weeks have been well documented.

He’s thrown 11 of his 19 interceptions over than span. The Lions have floundered to a 1-4 mark and have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Stafford said the way the last five weeks have played out – both personally and for the team – is certainly going to be motivation for him come the offseason.

"Yeah, for sure," he told reporters Friday. "It absolutely will. Anytime you don’t achieve the goals you want, individually and as a team, it can do one of two things.

"It can pull you down or it can motivate you to have a more successful season, not only individually but as a team as well. I know I’ll take it that way."

Stafford stayed in Detroit for most of the offseason last year and was a constant presence at Allen Park working out.

He was asked Friday if his off-season regime would be any different this year, but wasn’t quite ready to go there yet.

"I don’t know yet," he said. "It’s not there yet. I’m not really thinking about it to tell you the truth. I’m thinking about the Minnesota Vikings game that we have on Sunday. That’s what I’m attacking right now. I’ll figure that stuff out when I get there."

He did say, however, he doesn’t plan on enlisting the help of any quarterback guru’s or specialized quarterback coaches when asked if that was a possibility.

"Probably not," he said when specifically asked about working with a trainer like George Whitfield, who’s worked with quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton in the past.

"It’s not something that I feel would be my style or beneficial to me," Stafford said.  

With 67 passing yards on Sunday in Minnesota, Stafford will eclipse the 4,500-yard passing mark for a third-straight season. He also has a chance to reach 30 touchdown passes for just the second time his career with two more against the Vikings.

One more interception, however, and he’ll match a career-high set during his rookie season.

The turnovers have been Stafford’s biggest stumbling block this season and should serve as his greatest motivation this offseason.

That, and the fact he’ll be watching the playoffs instead of being a part of them.