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If you could redo one play from the 2009 season, what would it be, and how would you do it?
What really drew me to this question was something I remembered reading last year: Matthew Stafford has an astonishing knack for remembering plays:
Detroit Free Press, April 27: "Rope 244, Pattern One, X Post, Cover 3," he said Sunday during his introductory news conference at Allen Park.
Stafford recited the play as if it were his phone number. He even remembered that it was a 22-yard completion -- and the receiver's name.
"I don't know if it helps me," Stafford said of his ability, "but I guess I learn from my mistakes, and I can remember seeing a certain defense and how it looked while I was playing and be able to recall that during a game."
Coach Jim Schwartz has been impressed with Stafford's recall ability.
"Part of this and any business, you need to learn from your mistakes," Schwartz said. "You need to be able to know where you've been in the past and know where you're going to go in the future."
So, if this is all for real, then Stafford ought to have a really excellent answer for us when I interview him today. Yes, you read that correctly, I’ll be interviewing Matthew via phone, while he’s kickin’ it in Miami for Super Bowl week . . . so, keep your eyes peeled for that!
Oh, and firstname.lastname@example.org? Keep your eyes on your email!