Before many Saints plays, quarterback Drew Brees repeatedly shouts “kill” to signal which of the two called plays the offense will run.

Brees and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning have as much pre-snap control as anyone in the league, and with three coaches who worked with them on the Lions staff, Matthew Stafford should have more autonomy this season.

“A lot of it’s built in as far as the kills, the checks, all the alerts,” Stafford said after minicamp Wednesday. “But there’s some freedom for sure to change routes and do things like that.”

Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi spent the past seven seasons working with Brees, and has Lions players watching a significant amount of Saints tape to help them learn his scheme.

Stafford, who has had some pre-snap freedom, also will be learning from coach Jim Caldwell, who guided Manning with the Colts, and quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter, who was with Manning with the Colts and Broncos.

So far, it looks like Stafford’s primary pre-snap call will be “Omaha,” like Manning, but the control is more important than the language.

“It obviously kinds of gives you the chalk last,” Stafford said. “And that’s what you’re looking for when you play quarterback.”

With all of the weapons the Lions have, the ability to change the play at the line should help them exploit mismatches. Wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate are exceptional after the catch, so when defensive backs sag in coverage, Stafford can have them run shorter routes.

Caldwell said Stafford will have more pre-snap duties the longer he spends in the offense, but trusts his quarterback to adjust plays.