Matthew Stafford's development is a key objective for the Lions' new coaching staff. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Joe Lombardi, whom the Lions hired as offensive coordinator Tuesday, told Yahoo Sports blog Shutdown Corner heís not worried about helping Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford rebound after two seasons of decline.
"The good news is that he's not broken, that much is clear" Lombardi told Shutdown Cornerís Eric Edholm at practice for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday. "There's an awful amount of talent there. His arm is something to behold. We used to sit in the Saints quarterback room and just marvel at his passes ó all the depths, the whole field in play. He really can sling it. That's a great thing to have.
"I am not worried about Matthew. I am excited to be working with him, and we'll get started soon. I can't wait."
Staffordís yardage and completion percentage have decreased in the past two seasons while his interceptions have gone up. Lombardiís hiring, as well as that of head coach Jim Caldwell, were made in the hopes of correcting that.