Los Angeles Rams X-Factor: Matthew Stafford, QB
Brad Holmes and the Detroit Lions will watch the Super Bowl from the comfort of their own homes, thinking about what could have been. Matthew Stafford’s career as a Lion is hard to remember after watching this year’s super bowl run.
His first year with the Rams has surpassed his performances in previous seasons. Stafford’s performances in the clutch have given Los Angeles something to get excited about.
With the first pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions drafted their new face of the franchise. Stafford’s career at the University of Georgia showed glimpses of his potential. His last season with the Bulldogs amazed NFL scouts. At the end of his Junior season, Stafford ranked second in passer completion percentage and first in pass completions in the SEC.
His 3,499 yards passing was the most by anyone in the conference. Help from freshman A.J Green played a part In Stafford’s collegiate success.
Having an explosive receiving core has been the difference between Stafford’s experiences with the Lions and the Rams. Members of Detroit’s front office struggled to bring in weapons for Stafford and his offense.
Receivers like Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate have helped Stafford develop but haven’t been enough to make Super Bowl contention. Odell Beckham Jr., Cooper Kupp, and Tyler Higbee have been the missing pieces to Stafford’s career.
His connection with his receiving core allowed Stafford to have the best season of his career. According to ESPN, Stafford finished third in yards passing, second in touchdowns, and fourth in quarterback rating. His consistency has positioned to Rams in a prime position to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Playing in the Superbowl is a dream come true for athletes that have worked diligently. Odell Beckham Jr, Jalen Ramsey, and Matthew Stafford have shown their dedication to the game through years of perseverance. On February 13th, all three players will have the chance to become NFL champions for the first time in their careers.
The task of winning will be difficult, but Los Angeles’ star trio will be more than ready to play in Super Bowl LVI..