"I think if it hadn't been for the interception (Stafford threw Sunday), nobody would even say a word about whether or not they think that he's forcing the ball to Calvin." Caldwell told WXYT-FM, per CBS Detroit.
The interception came on a deep ball in which Johnson was bracketed from the start and never really open. The big trouble came when Stafford's woefully underthrown ball was tipped and intercepted.
We should point out that: A) There were several other times in the game that Stafford tried to fit a pass into Megatron, they just weren't picked. And B) Those decisions to try place it in a tight window make the room for error much lower -- as displayed by the interception. The decisions, accuracy or both must improve.
"Rodgers throws the ball to him three times more than he throws to anybody else ..." Caldwell said. "So I think you find in this league in particular that you want to be able to get the ball to guys that can make a difference in the game.
It is true that Nelson accounts for 40.5 percent of the Packers' targets, highest in the NFL. It's also true that Stafford doesn't own Rodgers' pinpoint accuracy.
Caldwell sounds content to live with those results.