Can these 3 LA Rams sequels be better than the original?
By Bret Stuter
I – QB Matthew Stafford
The LA Rams got a lot of production out of newly acquired quarterback Matthew Stafford in the 2021 NFL season. But much of that was as surprising as it was impressive. You see, Matthew Stafford had to pass a crash course in the offensive playbook from head coach Sean McVay and then offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.
It was only after doing so that he was able to work with his receivers, including both Robert Woods and DeSean Jackson. By mid-season, Stafford was throwing to neither. By the Super Bowl, Stafford was only throwing to Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson as the only two receivers who had started the season as his targets.
This year, Stafford is already familiar with the entire offensive roster.
How will that improve matters?
Stafford in the pocket is like a “Night at the Improv,” because he is deadly at instantly diagnosing what defenses are throwing at him, and making instant adjustments at the line. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp managed to build great chemistry with Stafford because he was seeing the same thing and made similar adjustments from his end.
This year, the Rams will likely start Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, and Van Jefferson in their 11-personnel package, a configuration that the team used more than 80 percent of the time in 2021. Stafford has a huge advantage in the 3 WRs alignment, not only from the number of receivers but the fact that the Rams can effectively run out of that configuration thanks to the blocking prowess of Cooper Kupp in the slot.
I believe that Ernest Jones, Raheem Morris, and Matthew Stafford can perform better in 2022 than in 2021. What do you think?