Andrew Whitworth: Matthew Stafford understands things that only come with experience

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The Rams invested a lot to acquire quarterback Matthew Stafford from the Lions with the idea that he was the missing piece to making the club a true Super Bowl contender.

While he’s only been around the team for a short time, Stafford has be impressing his teammates with his arm and his acumen.

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth turns 40 in December, so he knows a thing or two about how experience can help a player. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Whitworth noted how it affects Stafford’s play.

“He understands all of the little nuances of things that, there’s just no way you can have those without the time in the game and without the experience,” Whitworth said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

Stafford’s career has featured only one Pro Bowl appearance so far. But after 12 years in the league, he’s still probably seen every defense a team can use to try and limit him.

With a strong core of offensive talent around him, Stafford has a chance to have one of the best seasons of his career in 2021. And if he does, that might allow Whitworth to ride off into the sunset at the conclusion of the year.

10 responses to “Andrew Whitworth: Matthew Stafford understands things that only come with experience

  1. i’ll take the under on career year. stafford put up some crazy numbers with megaton and they just run the ball better in LA.
    and not that he won’t play thru an injury. but there’s been a lot of that too in recent years.

  2. millenheir says:
    i’ll take the under on career year. stafford put up some crazy numbers with megaton and they just run the ball better in LA.
    and not that he won’t play thru an injury. but there’s been a lot of that too in recent years.
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    During those many seasons when Stafford threw for 4,000+ and 5,000+ yards, I don’t remember Calvin Johnson having 4,000 receiving yards. That’s because Stafford spreads the ball around.

    Stafford is here to do one thing. Win the Super Bowl. He’ll have a career year throwing to Woods, Kupp, Jefferson, Higbee, Jackson, Atwell, Akers, and Henderson. The fact that all of those players are also run threats, out of the same formation, is what makes the Rams offense something special.

    Let’s talk again in January!

  3. As a Lions fan this partially makes me want to throw up. Cause he just had a guy with “experience “. Including more playoff experience. The guy we now have. So the fact he sees such a quality in Stafford only makes me worry all the more about the guy we now have that he must not have seen those same traits in. I don’t think he makes that comment about his new QB if the old one had the same trait making it noteworthy

  4. Stafford had excellent coaching in Detroit, with the guiding hand of Matt Patricia. He couldn’t get it done there and now certainly won’t with the Boy Wonder coach in Los Angeles.

  5. People act like Stafford has never had talent around him before in his career which is absolutely ludicrous. Stafford has played on some stacked offensive teams, his top 3 weapons last season were arguably better than the top 3 he will have in LA throwing to Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, TJ Hockenson. Stafford had one of the best WR’s of all time who wasted his career in DET in Megatron. Stafford has had defenses that were more than good enough to win with given the offenses he has had around him. The guy is a career underachiever. Stafford has always struggled w/ pressure if you can stay in his face and knock him off his spot, make him move around. With the defenses in the NFC-W particularly SF’s and AZ’s he’s going to see two of the best front 7s in football at least 4 times next season. I dont see Stafford as the missing piece that takes LA over the top.

  6. Matthew Stafford understands how to pad stats during garbage time and also blow critical games with turn overs.

    He also has a broken back. He’s a ticking time bomb between his injuries and turnovers under pressure.

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