Updated: Apr 1
If Matthew Stafford wants to seal his NFL career with a Super Bowl Championship, he'll have a chance in LA.
Stafford lovers point to his heroic 4th qtr. comeback resume, considering him an exception to the Lions shortcomings the last decade. Mainly, Stafford advocates blame the Lions' inability to establish a top 10 rush attack during his tenure with Detroit.
However, Stafford was accompanied by a few NFL greats in Detroit, including Super Bowl winning players like WR Golden Tate III and DT Ndamukong Suh who just won SBLV with the Bucs. Stafford's success can also be partly accredited to the super-human abilities of WR Calvin Johnson Jr. who caught 80+ TD passes as a Detroit Lion.
In February of 2019, the LA Rams appeared in SBLIII losing to the New England Patriots in a defensive war story. The Rams held the Pats to just 13 points but their offense was unable to register a single TD the entire game. The eye-test would verify claims that Stafford is an upgrade from former QB Jared Goff, but Goff is the one who has won a playoff game.
Signing Desean Jackson gives Stafford an additional deep threat down the field while WR Cooper Kupp and WR Robert Woods can run the intermediate routes.
Nevertheless, the Rams gave up a lot to get Stafford, including two future 1st round draft picks.
Unless they are expecting a great leap from WR Van Jefferson, they'll need to get a little more size on the outside to compete with Super Bowl contenders like the Bucs, Packers, and Cardinals who will be much improved next season.
All in all, I expect the Rams to finish 2nd in the NFC West next season behind the Arizona Cardinals. I have never really been a big fan of Matthew Stafford, not because his skills aren't top tier but because I have yet to see him win a big game (when it matters). Hopefully, within the next three years, he will prove me wrong.