It's not an uncommon occurance this time of year, especially with both sides of the ball having to adapt to their respective new schemes.
“Today was a little sloppy,” Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said after practice Wednesday. “I’m not going to lie to you. I was getting a little angry today because I thought most of the drops and some of the alignments weren’t something you want.
“It was mostly a concentration issue more than anything. I’m pretty excited about the players we have and the way this thing is going to develop. I know that these plays work. I know that the offense we’re developing will work."
Part of adapting to a new offense is learning the language assocoaited with it. There's no Rosetta Stone for NFL playbooks.
“Early on, it was maybe comparing a little bit of what it used to be and trying to give you ‘this used to be somewhat like this, or somewhat like that,’” Stafford said. “Now it’s to the point where everything is totally separate.
“What makes it difficult is not only learning something new, but having to forget something you did for five or six years.”
Eventually the offense will catch up to the defense and that's when the real fun will begin.
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