Matthew Stafford: I’m excited to be a part of an atmosphere of winning

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Matthew Stafford is slated to be introduced to the Los Angeles media later on Friday. But before the press conference, he sat down for an interview with the Rams’ website.

In the one-on-one, Stafford told team play-by-play man J.B. Long that he’s excited to be on a team that’s been a recent winner.

“They were, definitely, a team that I was really interested in,” Stafford said, referencing when he went to the Lions to request a trade. “Obviously, past success — it’s a team that’s been extremely successful. Something I was looking for was the ability to step into a team that showed the ability to win and win right now. There’s a ton of great players here, a great coaching staff, an atmosphere of winning and something I’m excited to be a part of now.”

SoFi Stadium, home of the Rams and Chargers, is going to host Super Bowl LVI next year and Stafford’s new team has aspirations to play in that game. That’s a challenge he’s embracing.

“I’m excited about it. It’s something that I’ll take a bunch of pride in, making sure I come to work every single day doing everything I can to help this team win — something I’ve done for a long time and it hasn’t panned out,” Stafford said. “So I’m excited to be a part of a team that’s a proven winner and hopefully I can raise my level of play and raise those guys’ around me level of play a little bit more and we can get the thing done.

“Because in the end, that’s what you play this game for. You play this game for team success and that’s all I want to do, is help bring that to this city and this team.”

11 responses to “Matthew Stafford: I’m excited to be a part of an atmosphere of winning

  1. Stafford’s MO.

    He can’t create. He couldn’t create an atmosphere of winning in Detroit. Not even with guys like Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, Reggie Bush, Burleson, Ziggy Ansah, Glover Quinn, Darius Slay, etc, etc. Lions fans always like to say he didn’t have talent around him, but the facts are – he did.

    Now it’s the Rams turn to find out whether or not Stafford is a top 5 QB (lol) or a coach killer. I know what my money is on after watching him closely in Detroit over the last decade.

    McVay will be coaching somewhere else by 2024. Screenshot this.

  2. I’d like to see Stafford succeed in LA, but my guess is he’ll be a major disappointment.

  3. With the expectation of winning comes the pressure of the expectation of winning.

    #9 had some really big moments in his time here, the Christmas Eve game against the Chargers to get us into the playoffs, a huge home win against Dallas where he went something stupid like 80 yards in under a minute on the final drive to win, and many, many others.

    The problem is those big moments never led to a consistent string of wins and the pressure that comes with winning.

    His time here was just mired in some really dumb personnel decisions by the front office, dumb penalties by the team, and head scratching decisions from the coaches.

    I wish him all the luck in the world but I’d caution him to keep his mouth closed and put in the work and let the results speak for themselves, lest he put his foot in said mouth and bite off more than he can chew.

  4. Stafford was never the problem in Detroit, ownership and it’s track record of horrible hires from top to bottom have been since William Clay Ford bought the team.

    Too soon to say for sure if they finally got things right this year, but it certainly looks to be moving in the right direction. If any fans in the NFL deserve some prolonged success it’s Lion fans.

  5. The Lions are a joke of a franshise but ya played with a couple pretty good teams, got to the playoffs 3 times and could not pull out one win. Good luck Rams.

  6. @Lionsfam123: The one year all of those people you mentioned were starters together (2014), the team went 11-5

  7. Stafford is a stand-up guy, did a lot for the community, but I never saw him to be a difference maker at QB. Stats machine, All-Pro during garbage time, but has never won a game that mattered.

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