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By Paula PascheFor the Daily Tribune Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Detroit, Sunday , Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) ALLEN PARK — Four words to Lions fans who start booing when Matthew Stafford throws interceptions and the offense seems to stutter: Get used to it.Stafford is not a play-it-safe quarterback.He’s got the same gun-slinging mentality as an NFL quarterback who did quite well by the name of Brett Favre. I’m not comparing the two torch throwers, it’s way too early in Stafford’s career to do that.However, if you recall when Favre finally retired, he held the NFL record for most interceptions. Part of that was because of his longevity. But a bigger reason was because he was going for it, he was aggressive and, as some coaches say, “Safe is death.”The boo birds were loud and clear at Ford Field on Sunday when Stafford and the offense (actually the defense and special teams too) got off to… let’s say a rocky start.He threw two picks trying to come out strong and get an early lead. Didn’t quite work that way.For a kid who’s in his third season in the NFL, but who only played a total of 13 games in his first two seasons, he’s a cool cat.He doesn’t seem to get frustrated.“You can’t give up on yourself and your teammates that early into a game, and as a team everybody’s got each other’s back," Stafford said. “They’re going to understand I’m going to make some bad throws sometimes, they’re going to run a route and not get open. It’s the way football is, it’s what happens. Everybody makes mistakes, you have to bounce back and keep playing. And this offense has enough talent, if you can ride the wave and get hot, we’re tough to stop.’’ Continued… 1 2 3 See Full Story

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