Rich Gannon: Matt Stafford and Sean McVay can be like me and Jon Gruden

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Rich Gannon spent more than a decade in the NFL and was generally regarded as a backup or, at best, a mediocre starter. Then he went to the Raiders, where he flourished in Jon Gruden’s offense, being selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons with the Raiders, twice being named first-team All-Pro and once league MVP. Gannon sees some of himself in Matthew Stafford.

Gannon acknowledges that Stafford is starting from a higher place in the quarterback pecking order than Gannon did with the Raiders, but Gannon believes that playing for a new team in the Rams and a new head coach in Sean McVay, Stafford is ready for the best years of his career.

“You look at Sean and you look at Matthew,” Gannon told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “I see some similarities to when I went to Oakland with Jon Gruden. I was at a point where I had bounced around a little bit and no one ever really. . . . I mean it’s different; he was the No. 1 draft pick and I kind of had to find my way. But he’s going to a situation where he’s a got a young head coach who’s a really good play caller, very innovative, really involved in coaching that position. And that’s where Jon was with me, and we just hit it off. We never looked back.”

The Rams can only hope that McVay is as good for Stafford as Gruden was for Gannon.

12 responses to “Rich Gannon: Matt Stafford and Sean McVay can be like me and Jon Gruden

  1. McVay is old new. His offense has been exposed. Everything ran through Gurley. The idea that Stafford will be some unstoppable force under the guidance of boy genius is the biggest fairytale of the season.

  2. McVay is old news. His offense has been exposed. Everything ran through Gurley. The idea that Stafford will be some unstoppable force under the guidance of the boy genius is the biggest fairytale of the season.

  3. Gannon is a JOKE, he spent years criticizing Stafford’s ability at the position… Pick a side #WISHYWASHY #ONEPRIDE🦁

  4. I doubt it. Stafford has always always seriously struggled against great defenses with elite pass rush’s and the Rams OL tasked w/ protecting him isn’t that good, Whitworth is going to be 40 this year and he plays in a division with three top 10 caliber defenses. AZ should field a top 5 defense this year last year they finished 4th in sacks w/out Chandler Jones who is now 100% healthy. This year AZ will be one of the best pass rushing teams in the NFL as they’re absolutely loaded with pass rushers to where they can rotate guys keeping them fresh n sending them in waves. Once you start hitting Stafford n making him move off of his spot he becomes a below average QB. He has always struggled with injuries and been a bit injury prone which is a big problem given the division he plays in. Rams defense is also set to take a few steps back this next season to putting more pressure on Stafford. And there’s the fact that based on the teams talent & offensive rosters alone the Rams have the 3rd most talented offensive roster inside the NFC W.
    This next season I don’t see Stafford coming in and changing much. I think he is going to take a beating inside this division and the Rams as a whole will be struggling/fighting for a playoff birth as a Wild-Card w/ the Rams fighting for one of the last two playoff spots as a 6th or 7th seed wildcard team.

  5. Gannon previously on Stafford : “… analyst Rich Gannon, who called him “overpaid” and said he piles up big passing numbers late in games.”

    Gannon is just trying to say something controversial now after attacking Stafford the last several years.

  6. Problem Rams will have is keeping Stafford on his feet.

    He’s immobile.

    That’s a great advantage to opposing Dlines who know where to find him.

  7. Dang haters are out already. Go back to your basements Stafford’s going to flourish with McVay and the Rams

  8. He glosses over that that Raider team was stacked. That’s been apparent in Gruden’s subsequent mediocre career of how talented that Raider roster was, which always got left out in the retelling of Gruden’s greatness back then of how much Al Davis had to do with it. He’s been a disaster since dismantling that Tampa roster.

  9. Gannon comparing himself to Stafford is laughable. Love this ego drained, wash up athlete trying to stay relevant. Gannon is a clown.

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