The Los Angeles Rams kicked the offseason party off even before we had a Super Bowl winner. Matthew Stafford was the loose cannon move the Rams made to flare up their offense and add a hopeful spark they had not seen since the 2018 Super Bowl season.
Now, the Rams sit pretty near the top of the league tied with the San Francisco 49ers at +1400 in fifth for Super Bowl odds. It’s clear the team has lost a few key contributors in John Johnson III, Troy Hill, Gerald Everett, and even Morgan Fox. That, however, shouldn’t stop this team from competing for a Lombardi. Yes, even after losing their star rookie defensive coordinator that arguably unleashed the greatest defense we’ve ever seen the Rams create in their history. The Rams appear to be primed for a big year and a lot of that comes down to the simple switch of Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford.
Stafford is what I’ve called Aaron Rodgers lite. He’s not the greatest quarterback to ever walk the Earth but he is a quarterback that has consistently outplayed his surroundings and has fallen victim to the organization he was cast into in 2009. Now, Stafford has weapons galore with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, last year’s second-round selection Van Jefferson, tight ends, Tyler Higbee, Brycen Hopkins, a powerful duo of backs in Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson but that’s not including their brand new free agent signing, DeSean Jackson who is arguably one of the league’s best deep threat receivers over the last decade.
Most importantly, with the Rams is that they basically kept everyone except for a few key contributors and a big name that was kept that was a little unexpected was edge defender Leonard Floyd who had a stellar first season in Los Angeles. Not to mention, rising star cornerback Darious Williams was retained for one year as they hope to sign him to a long-term deal. The Rams realistically can do a lot in this upcoming day two and day three of the NFL draft due to the fact they have a lot of holes filled.
The feeling right now around the Rams is that they just started a brand new era and maybe in some ways this is how it was supposed to feel with 2016 first-overall selection Jared Goff and maybe for two years 2017-2018 it started to but the point is it’s 2021 and the Rams have opted for a change at quarterback, an expensive change but a worthy one nonetheless. Stafford is going to cost them a third-round pick next year and two first-round picks on top of it but in the end, he’s likely to be worth it as the Rams push for their fifth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.