Andrew Whitworth on Matthew Stafford: You can see how hungry he is for success

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Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth is entering his 16th season after deciding to hold off retirement for another year.

Los Angeles’ new quarterback isn’t quite as experienced. But Whitworth sees the benefits of having a seasoned QB like Matthew Stafford to lead the offense.

“You know what, just being around Stafford, Matthew is one of those guys you can tell, [he’s] just a veteran QB who has played a lot of football and has been a really good football player in this league for a while and is just yearning to have some success,” Whitworth said on Thursday’s episode of the Jim Rome Show. “And you see it in him, how hungry he is, how hard he works, and also just how talented he is. So I think our whole football team is obviously really excited about the opportunity to take the field with him this fall.”

Whitworth added that no matter how talented a quarterback is, there’s no substitute for actual game experience.

“I think it’s pretty invaluable. It’s one of those things that you can’t — I don’t care what a quarterback’s done early in their career, you can’t replace experience and wisdom and the opportunity to see all these defenses,” Whitworth said. “And for Matthew, also, to play in a lot of different offenses. He’s had a lot of different schemes. He’s read things a lot of different ways. So he’s had that opportunity of experience where there’s things he can help young linemen with, there’s things he can help young receivers, backs, tight ends — just little tidbits that he can say, ‘Hey, against this coverage, this is what you’d want to do,’ that almost feels like a coach on the field a little bit.

“I think that’s that added level that a veteran QB gives you that’s just hard to replace. And a guy who’s as talented as him, I think, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t excited about our opportunity this season.”

Head coach Sean McVay similarly praised Stafford’s veteran presence recently, saying the quarterback has been “even better than advertised.” Time will tell if it actually happens, but Stafford has a clear chance to elevate the Rams’ offense back to the top of the league.

12 responses to “Andrew Whitworth on Matthew Stafford: You can see how hungry he is for success

  1. stafford sucks always has.had calvin johnson and multiple other recievers, couldnt win anything. always threw ball to wrong team. 5 wins for raMS, 10 FOR LIONS

  2. We saw him go to the playoffs three times with Calvin Johnson & Ndamukong Suh. He lost all three games for the Lions by INTs and fumbles during critical times. Aside from that, watching him pad stats during garbage time & averaging 5 wins a season with the Lions, I’m sure he’s real hungry.

    Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy owned Stafford the past four years as well.

  3. Finally we will get to see what a fraud Stafford is. I’ve never seen so many excuses made for a guy, he has no defense, the ownership stinks, he has no weapons. No more excuses and no more stat padding.

  4. Matt stafford has to be the most overrated QB in the league at the moment. In what world does a guy who turns the ball over as much as he does warrant 2 first round draft picks? Might as well have gone after rodgers Wilson ot Watson. Dude can fling it, but its not a nice throw contest, its the NFL

  5. Staffords never been on a team this talented. One WR (Calvin Johnson) and a DT (suh) doesn’t mean it’s a good team. I expect the Rams to turn heads this year.

  6. Mitch Trubisky owned Matt Stafford? Last I checked Stafford never lined up at CB, S, LB, or DL. The fact Trubisky (and just about every other QB) had career games every time they played the Lions should be indication of just how bad the Lions defenses have been…and what Stafford was struggling to overcome.

    Oh, and let’s not forget about the total lack of run support he had on offense. There were what, three or four 100 yard rushing games total for a RB for the Lions since Reggie Bush?

  7. If McVay can’t win a Superbowl this year with Stafford as his QB, he isn’t much of a coach.

  8. noleitup says:
    June 24, 2021 at 6:45 pm
    Staffords never been on a team this talented. One WR (Calvin Johnson) and a DT (suh) doesn’t mean it’s a good team. I expect the Rams to turn heads this year.

    Reggie bush, nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew, Larry worford, Riley reif, nick fairley, suh stephon tulloch, deandre levy, rashean mathis, glover Quinn. And of course Calvin Johnson. Matt’s had a few really good teams around him.

  9. First of all, ANYONE coming off a long career with the Lions is going to be “hungry for success.”

    To those who are slamming Stafford, the guy never had an OL or a HC worth a crap. I mean my God, they can’t even get great productivity out of Swift, and that kid is a total beast.

    Now, I’m not saying he’s going to have a great OL in LA either, but it should be better. But the real key, of course, is the HC. The guy knows how to get the very best out of a QB.

    I think Stafford is a good match for that offense. He’ll have a lot of chances to show off that arm strength – and it is still HUGE. The dude flicks his wrist and it’s a 50-yard laser. This is no joke, I forced myself to sit through a Lions game last season just to see if he still had the howitzer. He does. If anything he might have improved his mechanics or something because it even looks stronger than when he first came into the league.

  10. I don’t understand the talk about Stafford’s INTs. 282 TDs to 144 INTs on THE LIONS. A 2:1 ratio is not bad at all. A 2:1 ratio on the Lions is miraculous.

    In his first playoff game, they got destroyed by the Saints. Stafford threw for 380 yds/3 TDs/2 INTs. CJ had over 200 yds and 2 TDs. ONLY 32 RUSHING YDS! It was ALL on Stafford, and there’s no way you’re going to beat the Saints like that.

    In his second playoff game they did better with a whopping 91 rushing yds. Wow. Yet Stafford had his team in the lead until 2:30 left in the game. They fell behind and he fumbled the game away on a sack by Lawrence, trying to make a play on 4th down. But in reality, it was Calvin Johnson’s false start that killed that final drive, because after that penalty Stafford completed 2 passes for 12 yards, which would have given them the 1st down if it weren’t for the penalty. You can’t do that kind of crap down by 4 with a minute left in the game. So basically it was a team loss in a hard-fought game. Stafford threw for 323/1/1 and distributed the ball well.

    In his 3rd playoff game there was no run game again – only 49 yds – it was ALL on Stafford against SEA with a great pass D. Stafford had 205 yds and never turned the ball over. The Lions just had no business being in the playoffs in 2016 as a 9-7 team, not nearly enough talent. Sherman, Chancellor, Wagner and co. easily handled Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Eric Ebron. Dominated.

    Stafford is being handed quite a bit of talent in LA with Kupp, Woods, Higbee, even Desean Jackson on his last legs. A pair of 600+ yd RBs back with the team. OL should be better than anything he’s used to. HC who knows how to design and call plays. A defense that was NUMBER ONE in the league last season (how often do you hear about that great Lions D?). It’s going to be a whole new world for Stafford this season, and for the Rams with Stafford under center. Anyone who doesn’t recognize that just hasn’t looked at all the facts.

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