I like what the LA Rams veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford is showing so far. Both in what he’s saying, as well as what he is not saying. What he is showing on the football field, and what he is not showing on the football field. He’s clearly knowledgeable of the right way to do things and to say things.
One of the biggest risks in trading for an NFL veteran, particularly one who has developed a solid reputation so far, is that when they arrive at their new team, they are almost ineffective unless the scheme replicates what they had in their last team. While there is always a need to massage the playbook to optimize the strengths of any new player, the line gets drawn in the sand if the intention is simply to recreate what was.
Stafford is deliberate about his statements, and in the midst of all the attaboy and I’m-just-new is the sense of respect that he has for the players and plays of the LA Rams offense. Stafford is fully aware that the plays on the whiteboard are only as good as the execution, and that execution is a complex matter in this offense.
Matthew Stafford exudes the type of quiet confidence – not too cocky, not too reserved – that should translate well onto the football field and particularly in the huddle. He’s not dictatorial, nor is he the deer in the headlights at this point in the season. He seems to have a comprehensive punch list of items that he needs to check off the list
Stafford just sounds like a McVay guy.
He already asserts that he will take whatever the defense gives him, or whatever is working on the football field. Of course, what works in the season depends heavily upon what Stafford and his receivers can work out effectively now. What is the outlook for the Rams’ new veteran quarterback and the receivers he will be throwing to? Let’s take about it and see what seems to make sense.