As the LA Rams prepare for the upcoming 2021 season and soon head into the crucible of an NFL training camp, there’s certainly no shortage of question marks, uncertainty, and intrigue. There’s an overstock sale on all three of those items going on right now. Especially in a season where all the pundits and prognosticators tell us this season’s roster was assembled with an all-my-chips-are-in-it-to-win-it-now Lombardi.
And so, amidst all that speculation, such intrigue has to begin (and perhaps even end) with the team’s new signal-caller, veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford.
And you can hit me with a penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct for what follows (mea culpa), but I’m kinda sick of always hearing or reading what every media outlet says or writes immediately after the first reference to Stafford – something along the lines of “whom the Rams traded for three first-round draft picks and QB Jared Goff.” (as if Goff was a proverbial bag of chips, instead of the last QB to make a Super Bowl run happen for this team.)
The Rams pin their hopes on Stafford being an upgrade. The team’s gonna level up. He’s the apple of our eye, the pick of the litter. . . albeit a costly one. Will the price tag the Rams paid ultimately prove to be judicious? Or extravagantly profligate?
Did the Rams just pay the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (and then some) for a used car of a QB with 13 years of tread on its tires? Or did it snag a professional pickers’ once-in-a-lifetime barn find of a QB treasure?