Matthew Stafford ice cold efficiency fits LA Rams high octane offense.

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The LA Rams ended the 2020 NFL season at 10-6 and a 1-1 playoff record. Over the past four seasons, the Rams amassed a record of 43-21, with a playoff record of 3-3 (John Wolford started against the Seattle Seahawks, was injured, and Jared Goff finished the game for the win).

Over that time, he had even appeared in Super Bowl LIII, where he suffered a disappointing loss a the hands of the New England Patriots by the score of 13-3.

Still, it’s not easy to get to the playoffs, let alone to the Super Bowl. One of the highest regarded young quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson, has only earned one win in four NFL Playoff games.

Former Rams quarterback Jared Goff, despite obvious and documented weaknesses in his game, has managed to engineer as many playoff victories as defeats. The asking price for Stafford was steep. Too steep for the San Francisco 49ers, who never made an offer.

For the Rams, the sale price was their veteran quarterback who had thrown over 18,000 yards, 112 touchdowns, and 57 interceptions, PLUS a 2021 third-round draft pick, PLUS a 2022 first-round draft pick, PLUS a 2023 first-round draft pick. The price surprised the fans, NFL analysts, and even NFL insiders like Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who thought that the trade initially was just a player-for-player swap.

The Rams had gotten to the Divisional Rounds of the NFL Playoffs with Goff. The bar is set even higher this year because the Rams trade Goff plus three draft picks for Stafford.