Leonard Floyd: Matthew Stafford is making the Rams defense better


Rams coach Sean McVay has learned the hard way that praise of Matthew Stafford easily can be interpreted as criticism of Jared Goff. Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd apparently hasn’t gotten the memo yet.

Floyd told reporters on Saturday that he’s seen greater intensity at practice between offense and defense. He attributes it to the quarterback position.

“I noticed it,” Floyd said. “I think it’s Matthew. He [is] a veteran quarterback, so he [is] making it [a] little tougher at practice and that ain’t doing nothing but making us better on defense.”

Goff was a veteran quarterback, too. He just wasn’t as good as Stafford. Which is why the Rams gave up so damn much to get Stafford and to unload Goff’s misguided contract.

Floyd also noticed that, after cornerback Jalen Ramsey intercepted a Stafford pass, Stafford cranked things up a few notches. And Floyd has witnessed Stafford’s skill as a thrower.

“He’s been dropping dimes, really,” Floyd said. “He was in the same division when I was with Chicago, so I pretty much know. Yeah, he’s really good.”

Yeah, he is. And that’s why McVay is so excited. He got as much out of Goff as he could, and it ultimately wasn’t good enough. With Stafford, the sky’s the limit for the Rams.

10 responses to “Leonard Floyd: Matthew Stafford is making the Rams defense better

  1. Stafford is a three time loser that was directly responsible for all of their playoff loses due to poor decisions resulting in turnovers at critical moments in the game. Stafford is a garbage time QB with a broken back.

    Good Luck with that Leonard Floyd, one of the biggest 1st round busts of the past decade!

    You aren’t playing Stafford ever week guy!

  2. jasons81 says:

    August 1, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Then how come he didn’t make the Lions defense better?


    Well you have to already be somewhat good and have talent on defense, which is the Rams do and majority of those Lions defenses didn’t.

  3. Rams D is loaded. They lose two starters in the secondary, and their secondary is still perhaps the best in the league. And then they got this defensive tackle what’s his name.

  4. This will be a interesting team to watch, and particularly interesting to see how Stafford performs when there are actual expectations.

  5. The official Rams program says they reside in LA but it’s a lot more like they’re living in LALA Land.

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