Had LA Rams success made veteran NFL QBs red hot this off-season?

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By this time a year ago, it was all over but the shouting. The LA Rams broke NFL headlines by trading their postseason starting quarterback (Jared Goff), a 2021 third-round draft pick, a 2022 first-round draft, and a 2023 first-round draft pick in exchange for a very talented but not so successful veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Many scoffed at the trade, saying that building a ‘dream team’ never works in the NFL. Others scoffed at the trade itself, arguing that the LA Rams organization showed a bit of desperation in their willingness to surrender so much to an unproven quarterback.

Others were simply a bit practical in their wait-and-see protests. By giving up a quarterback who carried them as far as the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, the team was saying that they were in it to win the Super Bowl. In the end, the LA Rams knew what they were doing. Veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford’s ability to innovate offense on the fly was exactly what the LA Rams needed to win Super Bowl LVI.

More All-In strategy in the NFL?

After the Rams achieved their goal of hoisting the Lombardi trophy, we dared to ask whether other NFL teams would adopt the LA Rams “F*** them picks,” style of offseason strategy, and it hasn’t taken long until we have a confirmed answer.

Yes. At least one team seems to have fully embraced the Rams roster-building strategy.

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That team is the Washington Commanders, and their head coach Ron Rivera believes that his team simply needs that final piece, a playoff-winning quarterback. Of course, those are few and far between But he believes that the right quarterback is worth the price, any price because that one right fit would be enough to carry the team over the hump:

In the end, what is a Super Bowl victory worth to a team? Clearly, Rivera believes that the LA Rams made the right choice a year ago.