How many 4QCs will LA Rams QB Matthew Stafford engineer in 2023?
By Bret Stuter
The Comeback Kid makes his comeback
In the 14 NFL seasons of his career, quarterback Matthew Stafford has averaged nearly 2.5 comebacks per season. While he failed to register any comebacks in 2022 in nine games played, he did register three comebacks in 2021 for the LA Rams, as well as two more fourth-quarter comebacks in the postseason. So he's continued to hold up his 2.5 4QCs average for the Rams so far.
So how many comebacks will Stafford be responsible for in 2023? Based on the fact that the offense appears to be in pretty good shape in terms of returning starters, and the fact that Matthew Stafford has that 'Cool Hand Luke,' vibe whenever he lines up under center down in the fourth quarter, I could see this LA Rams team getting four fourth-quarter comebacks this season. To be honest, with the question marks that are surrounding the Rams defense, I could see nearly every victory falling into that come from behind category.
LA Rams offense is loaded with weapons
Do the Rams have that kind of offensive firepower? They do, but this team has got to be much better at how they scheme against defenses. If this team tries the "Pass to Kupp, Pass to Higbee, throw it away, punt," offensive play cycle, the Rams will struggle all season long. This offense needs to threaten defenses with other playmakers early.
What type of 'innovative,' strategies could the Rams deploy to get the offense out to a good start in the 2023 NFL season? For starters, the team could pass the football often to WR Van Jefferson. Throw a deep strike to WR Tutu Atwell. Mix in some midrange strikes to WR Ben Skowronek and TE Hunter Long. And for goodness sake, establish the run with Cam Akers, Kyren Williams, Ronnie Rivers, and rookie RB Zach Evans.
The more weapons the Rams get online early, the more points this offense can score. How many 4QCs will LA Rams QB Matthew Stafford engineer in 2023? To be honest, this year could be the year for the LA Rams Comeback Kid.