ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford credited offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter for an intense play-contact late in the 2nd quarter that resulted in a 25-lawn landing move to extensive receiver Calvin Johnson.
With seventeen seconds left on third-and-seventeen, the unique prepare was to run 4 slants, but Cooter changed his brain.
“He said, ‘Aw, screw that. Let us go be aggressive,'” Stafford explained. “He named four verticals, and I was fired up for it. I beloved it.”
Positive sufficient, Stafford threw a landing to Johnson on the enjoy, supplying the Lions a 24-7 guide at halftime as an alternative of a brief engage in forcing them to settle for a subject aim.
“He is young in his occupation, but he is not afraid,” Stafford said of the 31-calendar year-old coach. “He is intense, and that is exciting. That rubs off on guys when a dude is aggressive and trusts us as gamers to go out and make good selections.”
–Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford and her family members greeted head mentor Jim Caldwell with applause in a Ford Discipline basement hallway right after the game.
“I feel the family’s constantly thrilled about victories, and this one is no various than the other individuals that we’ve experienced,” Caldwell mentioned. “I think that they’re appreciative. They are searching for a winner below, want to create a winner and want to do almost everything possible to make certain that that in fact happens.
“It was just a display of appreciation. Mrs. Ford usually exhibits her appreciation right after games.”
–Defensive finish Ezekiel Ansah relished his opportunity to engage in from Lane Johnson, the Eagles’ appropriate deal with who moved to left deal with following Jason Peters acquired harm in the first quarter. Philadelphia took Johnson fourth total in 2013, one decide before the Lions selected Ansah.
“I did not believe this issue was coming,” Ansah explained. “But I was looking ahead to enjoying against Peters. And then he got hurt.
“They moved Lane more than there and, yeah, I think I took it (the draft sequence) individual.”
Ansah finished with three.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.