ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Matthew Stafford has struggled throughout the second half of this season, but one place he won’t turn for help will be a dedicated quarterback guru in the offseason.
Stafford said he has not worked with a guru, like Steve Clarkson or George Whitfield Jr., before and doesn’t plan to.
“I don’t know,” Stafford said. “Just not something I feel would be my style, beneficial to me, I guess.”
Stafford, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, said he has not even looked into the possibility of working with one. Many quarterbacks, mostly on the high school and college levels, have worked with Clarkson or Whitfield Jr. in the past.
In the past, Clarkson says he has worked with Ben Roethlisberger, Jake Locker, Matt Cassel, Josh Freeman, Terrelle Pryor and Matt Barkley on his website. Whitfield has worked with E.J. Manuel, among others.
Stafford’s accuracy has plummeted the second half of the season. Since Detroit’s bye, Stafford has completed just 52.5 percent of his passes -- worse than every quarterback in the league other than Geno Smith. He has more interceptions, 13, than any quarterback over that time frame as well and his passer rating of 69.2 is, again, only ahead of Smith.
Then again, this shouldn’t be surprising considering who has been coaching Stafford. A few weeks ago, when Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz was asked about having Stafford work with a guru in the offseason, he scoffed at the notion.
“First of all, I think he’s an accurate passer and we have coaches here,” Schwartz said. “I mean, I don’t know anything about quarterback gurus or anybody else that works with them. I really don’t.
“I don’t know where the benefit from that would be. Matt’s been a very mechanically sound quarterback and, like I said, we need to do a better job supporting him.”