Sometimes the sequel is better
Should we attribute the numerous record-setting accomplishments of both quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Cooper Kupp to catching 17 NFL teams by surprise? I would not think so. That was the first year, the first NFL season, for the combination of veteran QB Matthew Stafford and WR Cooper Kupp. Can they do better?
Well, in shorts and tee shirts, it appears that the answer is with an even more dominating performance in 2022. After all, this was the duo that had never played on the same team, in the same offense, in their NFL careers. Their 2021 NFL season was as much of a mystery as it was a surprise.
Yes, Cooper Kupp still got it.
We all moved past that quickly
Even as the pair were almost surgically accurate over the entirety of the 2021 NFL season, it’s a bit surprising that more hasn’t been made of their NFL tandem debut. The LA Rams are not some ‘system’ offense. While the team is admittedly benefitting from the offensive expertise of HC Sean McVay, we had learned over the past several years that the playbook will only carry the team so far.
Ultimately the Rams’ offense needs players who can improvise on the fly. That description fits both Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp to a tee. Stafford will not hesitate to throw the ball to a trusted receiver. And is there any better wide receiver in the NFL in getting open, making the catch, and then piling up yards after the catch?