The Los Angeles Rams created offseason headlines when they traded away quarterback Jared Goff and draft picks to the Detroit Lions for quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Rams showed that they are in won-now mode and are all-in on a winning a championship. With Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey in their primes, the team needed to take advantage and couldn’t be held back by poor quarterback play.
In part two of an extended interview with Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press, Stafford once again expanded on his thoughts on the trade. In the first part, the new Rams quarterback stated that he “always wanted to play in those big games.” Stafford expanded on those thoughts in the second part of the interview saying,
I asked to go to a team that was ready to win a championship. And, you know, there were a few teams on that list. There were a few teams that were not on that list. And they were respectful of that and understood completely. I had thoughts and reasons for each one of them.”
It’s clear that Stafford had interest in playing for the Rams. Sean McVay already becomes the best coach that he’s every had. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are arguably the best wide receiver duo that he’s ever had. Andrew Whitworth is without a doubt the best left tackle that he’s ever had. Lastly, the Rams defense will be the best defense that he’s ever had.
The list goes on.
Stafford is the most talented quarterback that the Rams have had since arguably Kurt Warner in terms of pure arm talent. However, the pressure will be on the new Los Angeles signal-caller to succeed. The excuses are no longer there to fall back on. Is Stafford a great quarterback? Only time will tell.