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Lions QB Matthew Stafford says relationship with Darrell Bevell needs to ‘fast forward’

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is heading into 2019 with a new offensive coordinator in Darrell Bevell, and he wants to make sure that both he and Bevell are on the same page before the season begins.

“For coach Bevell and I, we’ve got to put our relationship in fast forward,” Stafford said, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “The sooner we’re seeing eye to eye and understanding what each other like, and what we’re thinking, the better for this offense. We’ve had some great conversations. I’ve done everything I can to try and dive into this playbook and make sure that I’m pushing the other guys in this offense to catch up and make sure were going at the level we need to. We’ve got a talented team. There’s no time to sit around. Let’s go win some games and do it at a high level.”

Bevell wasn’t coaching anywhere in the NFL in 2018, but from 2011 through 2017, he was the offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, helping the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, the first of which resulted in a championship, in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The Lions’ offense had previously been under the direction of Jim Bob Cooter, who had held the position of offensive coordinator since 2015. However, after a disappointing 2018 campaign in which Detroit finished just 24th in the league in total offense and 25th in points per game, the Lions decided to part ways with Cooter.

Detroit won just six games this past year and has made just three playoff appearances since 2000. Going back even further than that, the Lions have not won a playoff game since the 1991-92 campaign.