The Los Angeles Rams pushed all their chips in when they made a blockbuster deal to acquire Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions.
Head coach Sean McVay had openly grown tired of Jared Goff’s inconsistent play, so bringing in Stafford was the first step in re-igniting a once-potent Rams offense. The quarterback delivered as his ability to diagnose defenses pre and post-snap allowed McVay to be more aggressive with his playcalling attacking down the field.
Los Angeles’ gamble on Stafford paid off with a Super Bowl championship, and the team is well-positioned to repeat. Stafford knows it is a tall task, but did note that they can not look to the past to determine future outcomes, via Matt Galatzan of Sports Illustrated:
“I’ve been a part of this game for a long time, and like you said it is the first Super Bowl win of my career, and probably a lot of guys in (the locker room) as well,” Stafford said. “If you play this game long enough, you understand that what you did last year, good, bad or indifferent, doesn’t really have much bearing on what you do the following year. There are so many things you have to do to prepare and so many things that have to go right for you during the season as well.”
Stafford is right in that consistent success in the NFL is hard to come by. For example, after making a Super Bowl appearance in 2018, the Rams outright missed the postseason in 2019 as they were marred by injuries.
With a full season under his belt in L.A., Stafford seems poised to have another productive year when the new season kicks off. With all the talent on the roster, the Rams need to be considered a Super Bowl contender and it will be hard to bet against them.