Sean McVay: Matthew Stafford has been better than I thought

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The Rams obviously expected quarterback Matthew Stafford to play well, or else they wouldn’t have traded two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and Jared Goff for him. But coach Sean McVay wasn’t expecting Stafford to be this good.

“He has been better than I thought, and I thought he was going to be really good,” McVay said. “I’ve been really impressed with his body of work and his resume over the course of his career. I think he’s doing a great job. I think the best players elevate those around them. I think guys are playing better around him. I think he’s seeing the field really well.”

In McVay’s offense, Stafford is well on his way to the best season of his career: He has a career-high 69.5 percent completion rate, a career-high 9.2 yards per pass and a career-high 116.6 passer rating.

And, of course, the Rams are 5-1 and among the league’s Super Bowl favorites. That’s not a position Stafford has been in before.

14 responses to “Sean McVay: Matthew Stafford has been better than I thought

  1. “The Rams obviously expected quarterback Matthew Stafford to play well, or else they wouldn’t have traded two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and Jared Goff for him.”
    It was more like they traded a 1st and a 3rd for Stafford and an additional 1st to take on Goff’s bloated contract, let’s not pretend like Goff was a positive in the package for him, he came with negative value.

  2. Really, really happy for Stafford. Loved watching him at Georgia and glad he’s finally on a good team where everyone can see how great he is and quietly has been during his years in purgatory, otherwise known as Detroit.

  3. Same. That trade looks ridiculous now. Two late picks and a bum QB. The new GM could have traded #9 to almost anyone but he wanted his guy Goff. Strike one.

  4. Every Lions fan knew exactly how good Stafford is.he was the diamond in the pile of coal that was and still is the Lions.just goes to show you put talent around a quarterback and he will be successful in the NFL.

  5. they likely didn’t expect to keep home more than 2 years.
    his play just makes that trade so much better… now those firsts can be utilized elsewhere.

  6. What’s ridiculous is how many NFL “experts” and seasoned fans haven’t figured out that accomplished studs (Ramsey, Stafford) are far more valuable than a handful of first round picks.

  7. Can the rams get past the cards, cowboys, packers, and the bucs in the playoffs? Yes, they beat the bucs, but playoffs are different,

    6 games in is too early to evaluate this trade. No SB for the rams and this trade leans the Lions way.

  8. Those picks are likely to be in the very late part of 1st and 3rd rounds. Lions will likely get two decent players out of that, but no one needle moving. If LA gets to or wins SB then it is all worth it. And, he’ll be in LA for 5+ years so they could contend multiple times.

  9. Rams have played 1 good defense so far.
    Rams have played 3 of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.

    Rams have played 2 teams with winning records (both home games)… and got smoked by the Cardinals.

    They look good… but still need to prove they can beat good teams.

  10. Anyone who didn’t realize that Stafford consistently winning 7 or 8 games a year while he was in Detroit was nothing short of a miracle. The Lions would have managed to win about 3 games a year with almost any other QB behind center.

  11. How many playoff games has he won again? If they lose in the wild card game some Rams fans are going to turn on him faster than Trevor Bauer

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