If you were looking to be thrown for a loop this past weekend, you got it when Matt Stafford was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for two first round picks, a third round pick, and Jared Goff.
The NFL is becoming more like the NBA by the minute and I am here for it. There were reportedly more than five offers for Stafford with guys like Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater, and Jimmy Garrapolo being offered up for the veteran QB that has practically zero playoff success.
Stafford is a good quarterback who has been in an unfair system with incompetent coaching his entire career. It seems like a weird rule should be in place in the NFL that says that a player who spends more than five years of his career with the Lions should be allowed to pick whatever team he wants to play for next.
Matt Stafford History
Stafford is a guy who set the NFL record for fastest quarterback to hit 20,000, 30,000, 40,000, and 45,000 passing yards. He is one of the grittiest dudes to ever lace them up in the National Football League, and he has one of the biggest arms out of all current quarterbacks.
I’m a Stafford fan and while I feel like Los Angeles gave up way too much for him, one thing is clear: The Rams are trying to get back to the Super Bowl and they will trade or sign whoever to get there. This is a team that has one of the premier defenses in the NFL and a ton of great weapons on offense but needs a consistent quarterback to get the job done.
Sean McVay is an offensive mastermind and there is no denying that he will get the most out of Matt Stafford. For all we know, Jared Goff, who went to two Pro Bowls, could be tapped out of potential because he had the opportunity to work with McVay and now the sky’s the limit for Stafford.
How Do Lions Move Forward Without Matt Stafford
The former Lions quarterback is only 32-years-old and that means they can probably get three more very productive years out of him before they look to move on to another option. The Rams have their defense in place and they have some money to spend.
Their wideouts are talented but they could certainly use another talented tight end to pair with Will Higbie that would create nightmares in coverage for opposing defenses. You add that with Stafford, and a young running game that should improve in Cam Akers second year, and the Rams are in business. Just ask Eric Dickerson.
“I really believe that Matt Stafford is the missing piece,” he said. “And sometimes you look at a football team and you think, ‘What are they missing? Are they missing two pieces, three pieces, four pieces? I think for us, when I look at the Rams, I think we’re missing two pieces. I think we need a speed receiver and a real top-notch quarterback. I like the trade.
I think when you look at giving up draft picks and all of that, I’ll use myself. The Rams traded me and they got eight players for me. They got three No. 1s, three No. 2s and two players. The players didn’t really pan out. … Draft picks don’t mean nothing. Sometimes the people picking, you’re like, ‘What are you looking at?’ So for me, I think he’s the missing piece.”
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com