Sean McVay: Matthew Stafford is “even better than advertised”

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Sean McVay is excited about his new quarterback.

The Rams head coach has been pretty clear about that since Los Angeles executed the trade to bring in Matthew Stafford. And after the team finished its offseason program, McVay extolled the quarterback’s on- and off-the-field qualities to Albert Breer of SI.com.

“Bro, this dude’s a bad MF-er,” McVay said. “Whatever people say about him, as good as it can be, he’s even better than advertised. It makes sense to him. The guy’s ability to see the game, his ability to draw on his experiences, the feel that he has, it’s pretty special and unique. And man, his feel for people, his authentic way of connecting with his teammates, his coaches, this guy, it’s great being around him.”

Stafford’s arrival has meant some sky-high expectations for a team that has gone 43-21 with a 3-3 postseason record since McVay arrived as head coach in 2017. McVay’s admitted he’s been in a better mood this offseason with Stafford at quarterback. If the Rams get back to being one of the league’s top-scoring offenses in 2021, that feeling may last through the end of the year.

32 responses to “Sean McVay: Matthew Stafford is “even better than advertised”

  1. I feel like there’s a contest we don’t know about to see which team can heap more over the top praise for their players even though Day 1 of training camp is still several weeks away.

    The Cowboys need to respond to this as according to them, they have the best players at every position despite missing the playoffs.

    or maybe the Lions need to come out with a presser saying they can’t believe how much McVay held back their all-pro QB.

  2. pump the brakes here pardner! At this stage of their career a player is what he is. To say he is better than advertised is going overboard. It is nice to be excited but do not go overboard and make him out to be more than he is. after 10+ years.

  3. My favorite QB hands down. His late game drives are a thing of wonder!!!

  4. Stafford has never been able to benefit from a consistent winning culture, or talented offensive/QB coaches while at Detroit, and was still able to persevere and make it to his 13th season in the NFL, a tall order. Pretty sure if he played for a stable organization like New England, Green Bay, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, etc he may have won an MVP by now. Should be interesting either way to see what McVay is able to get out of him. There’s also the added chip-on-his-shoulder of wanting to disprove his critics this year.

  5. Another day, another quote from a coach or teammate saying how impressive their new free agent signing, acquired by trade, or draftee is performing in shorts and a t shirt.

  6. Stafford could very well have a career surge like Carson Palmer did after he escaped Cincy and that “gap year” with the Raiders… But we don’t know how Stafford will do in pressure playoff situations because he’s played in three playoff games his entire career. Not saying that’s his fault, but he’s still unproved in the postseason.

  7. Rams finish 6-11 but stat-ford puts up yuge numbers. Same old same old..

  8. eagleswin says:
    June 21, 2021 at 8:48 am
    I feel like there’s a contest we don’t know about to see which team can heap more over the top praise for their players even though Day 1 of training camp is still several weeks away.

    The Cowboys need to respond to this as according to them, they have the best players at every position despite missing the playoffs.

    or maybe the Lions need to come out with a presser saying they can’t believe how much McVay held back their all-pro QB.

    30 7 Rate This

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    It’s usually the same dumb teams evey year.

    The Chiefs are going to win 7 SBs, the Jets have a legend at QB again, the Ravens new OL and draft is just superb,

    And on and on and on. All is well! All the way!

  9. Huge pressure mounting on Stafford to succeed and live up to the expectations of the #1 draft pick. Only way Rams trade is justified is if Stafford wins the Super Bowl. Goff already took them to the Super Bowl and beat the Seahawks in the playoffs last year with a broken thumb. Stafford has to win the entire thing… only way Rams win the trade.

  10. Stafford has thrown away more games than he ever won coming back. His record is almost 100% losses against winning teams. Even with the best reciever in football and when the lions had the number 2 defensive team in all football. Plain and simple he is average at best.

  11. Saying anything negative about Matt is ridiculous. Surviving what he’s gone through is punishment enough. He’s been through so many offenses and poorly drafted teams while keeping his head high and never became a problem. He’s a professional all the way. He deserves a chance with a quality team and hopefully he can succeed.

  12. I’m going to miss Stafford. As a Packers fan, I loved watching him get tossed around, look confused, and hand us an easy win.

  13. McVay might be right. Stafford showed some brilliance in his QB play, and many of his mistakes were the result of desperation. But who wouldn’t be desperate trying to lead the lions for years on end?

  14. carranofa says:
    June 21, 2021 at 10:29 am
    I’m going to miss Stafford. As a Packers fan, I loved watching him get tossed around, look confused, and hand us an easy win.
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    Don’t worry, Jordan Love will replace exactly what you’re missing in Stafford. You’ll get to enjoy it 17 weeks now, instead of only twice.

  15. it seems like just yesterday they were wildly overpaying Jared Goff and everyone but the Rams knew it.

  16. Matty can thread a needle with a sidearm pass. Then overthrow a wide open receiver 20 yards down field. And his screen passes? 50-50 at best, many of those behind the receiver. Watch and learn Rammies, watch and learn.

  17. Dulaine Harris says:
    June 21, 2021 at 9:04 am
    My favorite QB hands down. His late game drives are a thing of wonder!!!
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    He’s 8-67 against winning teams . Let that sink in . Stafford probably has more boneheaded mistakes that lost games then late game drives to win them . Said it before will say it again Stafford does everything you want in a QB but win games . He’s escaped the criticism for the Lions poor record during his career but the reality is he’s not to blame for all of it but he’s definitely to blame for his fair share of it . If you think McVay was exasperated at Goff for his mistakes can’t wait to see him explode when Stafford throws into triple coverage with the game on the line , lol .

  18. Stafford has an 8-67 record against teams that finished the season with a winning record. That’s not much of an advertisement.

  19. Dulaine Harris says:
    June 21, 2021 at 9:04 am
    My favorite QB hands down. His late game drives are a thing of wonder!!!

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    This is true. Sometimes you wonder what took him so long to be able to move the football… and other times you wonder how he didn’t see that defender there that intercepted him.

    Either way, lots of wonder.

  20. cookerduff123 says:
    June 21, 2021 at 10:57 am
    McVay might be right. Stafford showed some brilliance in his QB play, and many of his mistakes were the result of desperation. But who wouldn’t be desperate trying to lead the lions for years on end?

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    Yeah, he was desperate because he can’t consistently move the ball against anything but prevent defense. I wish him all the best, because he is a great person off the field by all accounts. But unless he improves his splits in LA… he’s just a garbage time hero.

    His passing volume numbers go up in the 2nd and 4th because of prevent… but his efficiency numbers go down (because he is playing in panic mode.) INTs increase, comp% is substantially lower, and that’s because he is just winging it on those final drives.

    What will be interesting to see is how a run game will be maintained around Stafford… because he would check out of run plays all the time and always leaned pass over handoff on any sort of RPO. We’ll see how coachable he is real quick this year.

    Again, I’m rooting for him, but to act like he doesn’t have his own warts is just wrong.

  21. McVay is potentially making himself look very dumb, which is an unnecessary risk for a guy thats been in a Super Bowl and everyone thinks is brilliant. Goff might not be perfect but he’s been a winner at the NFL level. Stafford, on the other hand, doesn’t beat good teams often, and it’s not all surrounding cast.

  22. I love how so many commenters are remarking about Stafford’s inability to win against winning teams. Don’t you guys realize that even the world’s fastest sprinter can’t win a relay race if the rest of his team is a bunch of turtles..?

    Stafford’s mistakes have often been due to believing that he had to make something happen – that the game was on his shoulders. Anyone in that situation is apt to make mistakes.

    But in all the years I’ve been watching him (as a Packers fan) I can’t recall him ever complaining about his teammates, coaches, or anything else. He wore those losing seasons quietly and with dignity.

    He’ll help the Rams. I don’t doubt it.

  23. Would you expect a coach to say anything else? Of course he loves Stafford, if he didn’t then trading for him would really make him look like a fool. His reputation as an offensive guru is on the line this year, it’s Super Bowl or bust.

  24. There is more delusion and just totally false statements on here than there was in all the White House press conferences combined since Jan 21st.

    Matt Stafford has awesome drives during garbage time. He is 0-3 in the playoffs and turns the ball over when the game is on the line. He is also owned by Nagy and Trubisky. These are all you have to base these ridiculous accolades for Stafford on.

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