Nineteen interceptions. One win in six games. A record of 11-20 the past two seasons.
These are the most significant statistics of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's career while he has been at the controls of a team that has been sliding out of contention and possibly into oblivion the past two years.
But coach Jim Schwartz took one more stab Monday at defending the quarterback he helped draft No. 1 overall in 2009.
"I don't think that he needs anything other than to keep playing," Schwartz said. "And I think whether you have a slump in free throws or a batting slump or anything else, I think you've got to stick with your fundamentals.
"I think he's done a really good job of that. I think you've got to practice well. I think he's done a good job of that. His preparation has been outstanding. I think over the course of time his talent will show.
"It's been a tough situation. He was playing really well for us this year and he'll continue to play well for us."
Schwartz has been resolute in stating his belief that Stafford will get better even while nothing about Stafford seems to change.
About the only minor criticism Schwartz offered Monday was that Stafford has relied a little too much on Calvin Johnson.
"I think there were times in this run where he was overly aggressive," Schwartz said. "I think he'd probably even tell you that.
"And again, that's a tough situation. You've got Calvin Johnson and you put the ball up and he can come down with them. So that gets your confidence up pretty good. But not all of them are going to be successful and things like that."
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