Lions' Linehan doesn't believe QB Stafford's accuracy is an issue

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Going into the draft, several draft analysts said one of the biggest knocks on Georgia QB Matthew Stafford was his lack of accuracy, but Lions OC Linehan isn't buying it. Linehan said Stafford's numbers weren't as impressive because Georgia took more shots downfield in their passing attack. "It wasn't a dink-and-dunk deal and the reason they did that is because they could - he had the arm to do it,'' Linehan said. The numbers show that Stafford got better at those downfield throws throughout his college career. As a freshman, he completed 52.7% of his passes but his yards-per-attempt was just 6.83. Those numbers increased the following year to 55.7 and 7.25, respectively. Stafford made the biggest jump in his junior season - his final year in college - by completing 61.4% of his passes and his yards-per-attempt was 9.03. By the way, Mark Sanchez QBed the high-powered USC offense and his yards-per-attempt was 8.76. Linehan said that he and HC Jim Schwartz had a lot of discussions about Stafford prior to the draft.

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