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This isn't a make-or-break season for Matthew Stafford. Even if he looks atrocious this year, he'll at least get another season based on his potential and past performance.
But it's not a throwaway season either. The roster is well stocked with talent on both sides of the ball. The front office brought in a new coaching staff because it wasn't content to simply contend for the playoffs.
I've broken down the selection of the quarterback-centric coaching staff, so I won't belabor the point here. The summary is all of the offensive coaches were hired with an eye toward how each coach could help Stafford realize his immense potential.
And the same is true with the rest of the offseason. The selection of tight end Eric Ebron and signing of Golden Tate gave him the receiving weapons the Lions sorely needed outside of Calvin Johnson.
The engine that drives this team is the quarterback. It's true for a lot of teams, but none more so than Detroit. When they were riding high and leading the division, it was because Stafford was limiting turnovers while putting up points. When they crashed and burned, it was because Stafford was imploding.
We've seen Stafford string together tremendous stretches of play. Now, just like Bill Bentley, he needs to do it consistently in order to lead this team back to the playoffs and beyond.
Brandon Alisoglu is a Detroit Lions featured columnist who has written about the Lions on multiple sites. He also co-hosts a Lions-centric podcast, Lions Central Radio. Yell at him on Twitter about how wrong he is @BrandonAlisoglu.
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