Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi admitted that he had difficulty in learning how to use star wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
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The Detroit Lions offense proved to be inconsistent throughout the season as they were held to single digits in some of their games while scoring over 30 in others.
Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi endured criticism throughout the season as a result, especially considering the offense has two premier wide receivers in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
Lombardi even admitted that he was learning how to use Johnson in his first year in Detroit.
“I don’t want to say (Johnson) makes it more difficult because he really makes it easier. But there are added layers of complexity when you have a player that can be dominant,” the Lions offensive coordinator said to the team’s official website.
Despite the Lions’ inconsistency on offense, Johnson was able to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards again in 2014 even though he played just 13 games. Tate set career highs with 99 catches for 1,331 receiving yards.
The Lions will look to take the next step forward in their offense while maintaining their defensive dominance, although that may prove difficult if free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh does not re-sign.