Throughout his career, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has never been afraid to air out the football.
With arm talent like his, it’s hard to fault him for it, though it has led to numerous head-scratching interceptions.
Interceptions have always been a problem for Stafford, and that hasn’t changed as he already has five just two weeks into the 2022 season, the most in the NFL after also leading the league in 2021.
Stafford discussed his issues taking care of the football, acknowledging that he needs to be better in that area.
“Yeah, I think every game is an opportunity to go out there and play. You can’t sit there and go, ‘Okay, what’s happened?’ I know it’s only two, but you know, I don’t put both games together. Each game is a new opportunity to go out there and play at a high level. Are there two plays from this game that I can clean up? Absolutely. Are there a lot of good plays to take from it? Yes.
“But I’m my worse critic to be honest with you. Those plays are frustrating for me, and I know frustrating for our team. I want to make sure that I’m doing everything I can to help our team move in the right direction, move forward, win games, play great, all that kind of stuff and try to limit the times that I’m pulling us backwards with an interception or a tough play in the pocket, whatever it is. So I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’m hard on myself at all times. I’ll definitely look inward and try to figure out a way to make sure those things don’t happen.”
The Rams quarterback had three picks in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills and followed it up with two more in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons. Turnovers nearly cost the Rams a win against the Falcons, and Stafford will need to show he can take care of the football starting in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals.