Troy Aikman: Matthew Stafford feels some of the pressure Baker Mayfield felt to get OBJ involved

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When the Rams play their next game, Week 12 at Green Bay, Fox will televise the game. And Troy Aikman will be in the booth for it.

It will be interesting to see what he has to say about whether and to what extent the ball is thrown to receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Appearing Tuesday morning on 96.7 The Ticket in Dallas, Aikman said (via Mark Lane) that Rams quarterback Matthew Staffordnow feels some of the pressure that maybe Baker Mayfield felt of, ‘Hey, we got to get this guy involved,’ or ‘he’s in the game right now because he’s going to take this deep route and I’ve got to find a way to get the ball in his hands because that’s why he’s playing on this play.'” It’s not good, and it’s not good playing quarterback when you feel pressure to get the ball to one particular player. It just doesn’t work.”

It’s seems a little too early to make broad proclamations, but that deep ball thrown in Beckham’s direction on the opening drive definitely seemed forced. Even though it’s been suggested that Beckham stopped running, the ball was thrown far away from where he was.

For their next game, it makes sense to pay attention to the overall situation. As Aikman pointed out, bringing in just one player “can change the dynamic of a locker room.” It can creates cliques if the ball doesn’t go to Beckham enough, or if it goes to him too much.

Last night, as the main ESPN broadcast pointed out, the Rams spent plenty of time huddling when Beckham was in the game, because Beckham isn’t ready to pick up the play calls at the line of scrimmage. After the Rams fell far behind, they scrapped that approach and yanked Beckham from the game, so that a no-huddle attack could be utilized.

Beckham’s playing time and his overall involvement will be a major talking point in 12 days. Aikman, who was candid with his thoughts today, hopefully will be every bit as frank if it looks like Stafford and Beckham aren’t clicking, or that Beckham’s presence is otherwise creating potential issues for the offense.

30 responses to “Troy Aikman: Matthew Stafford feels some of the pressure Baker Mayfield felt to get OBJ involved

  1. Almost every time they showed OBJ on the sideline, he was standing behind McVay or Stafford. At one point I’m pretty sure McVay walked away from him. He might already be a distraction.

  2. Nobody in the league at any position more overrated than this guy. AND he brings drama? No thank you no way no how.

  3. Stafford is a slightly better version of Mayfield which doesnt say a whole lot about either of them. Neither of them won anything in college or the NFL. OBJ isnt the reason either of them are not very good QBs

  4. Not a fan of Beckham, but it was his first game on a new team after being traded there just a few days beforehand.

  5. I would bet that at least half of the Rams players did not want this deal to happen. Guys that play hard every game and play to win tend not to like spoiled divas invading their locker room. Stafford doesn’t need the added expectation of getting this guy X amount of targets per game.

  6. What a horrible take by Aikman. Did he even watch the game? I didn’t see Stafford forcing balls to him. He didn’t even play that much. Stafford just isn’t as good as the media made him out to be. He was part of the problem in Detroit. He had players around him on offense and he would fold under pressure.

  7. Again, this OBJ guy made one super hero one-handed catch like 10 years ago and now he’s always injured, under performing and running his trap.

    Send him and Leb!tchbron to a deserted island.

  8. Oh and apparently nobody saw the Rams offense last week against the Titans. Let’s blame OBJ though.

  9. Stafford is heavily overrated, for years many people claimed he didn’t have the supporting cast. (Yeah sure Calvin Johnson was an average WR at best.) This is the just the beginning of the full blown implosion of Matthew Stafford.

    Sorry Rams fans it’s science!

  10. Stafford is heavily overrated, for years many people claimed he didn’t have the supporting cast. (Yeah sure Calvin Johnson was an average WR at best.) This is just the beginning of the full blown implosion of Matthew Stafford. Sorry Rams fans it’s science!

  11. Aikman has been increasingly direct in recent years to the point of being blunt in his analysis and comments. He does know what he’s talking about, plus the credibility of his having earned three rings is a great counterbalance to Joe Buck, who is the most irritating and vapid play by play broadcaster in all of sports.

  12. Aikman is a blowhard, OBJ had one practice before the game. Last night’s game was on Detroit Stafford and the run defense.

  13. Analysts fail to mention what an uncrisp,disjointed and undisciplined route runner Odell Beckham jr. is….making Eli Manning,Baker Mayfield and now Matthew Stafford look indecisive. QBs throw to certain spots and Odell rarely ever gets there…it really stresses out QBs and it shows.

  14. A big part of last nights debacle was figuring out how to readjust without Robert Woods on the field…

  15. Oddly, Matthew never had Oldephia Beckham at Detroit and he continued to perform just as he did in the last two games with the Rams. I think Stafford is a classic case of over-hype that can’t be cured by growing a beard. Perhaps he needs to grow long hair like that lady in Green Bay behind center.

  16. Stafford is heavily overrated, for years many people claimed he didn’t have the supporting cast. (Yeah sure Calvin Johnson was an average WR at best.) This is the just the beginning of the full blown implosion of Matthew Stafford.
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    He took the Lions to the Playoffs 3x… the 3rd trip WITHOUT Megatron

    The Lions have only had 5 winning seasons in the last 21 years.. 4 of them, Stafford was the QB.

    2 of his Playoff losses were to HOF QBs (Brees, Wilson)

  17. What would Aikman know about pressure?

    Game manager, who got to lean on a great running game, and a strong defense.

  18. bradygirl12 says:
    I would bet that at least half of the Rams players did not want this deal to happen.
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    Rams players got together to pitch coming to LA to OBJ. They wanted him to be here. I’m hoping those same players talk to him about giving up on a pass route. That’s something they can’t tolerate. If he does it again, it would not shock me to seem him cut before the end of the season. But hopefully he gets the message and that doesn’t happen.

  19. Stat Padford should be happy that he has a scapegoat in OBJ. OBJ barely played last night and he’s already getting blamed for the loss.

  20. 2 of his Playoff losses were to HOF QBs (Brees, Wilson)

    The Lions didn’t even score a touchdown in the game against Seattle. Does Wilson play defense? Don’t mention the fact that they backed into the playoffs that year.And had they beaten Green Bay in Detroit on Sunday night the last week the Lions would of had a home playoff game instead of going on the road. What happened though? Stafford stunk it up. And why don’t you mention the playoff game against Dallas where Stafford put up a whopping 3 points in the second half of the game. Stafford isn’t a pressure player. Nobody misses him in Detroit because he never won a big game for them.

  21. Nobody misses him in Detroit because he never won a big game for them.
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    They’re winless without him…

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