The Los Angeles Rams have a lot pinned on QB Matthew Stafford for the 2021 season. But those expectations might have to be put on hold after he suffered a thumb injury in training camp.
Matthew Stafford’s trade to LA was probably the biggest one this offseason. And rightfully so. The Rams got a big upgrade on QB and Matthew Stafford will finally be able to lead a team that has genuine Super Bowl hopes.
Rams trade Jared Goff + future draft picks to Lions for Matthew Stafford
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 18, 2021
Staffords move to LA looks like a perfect situation for both parties. McVay has always been regarded as an offensive genius, and his 43-21 record along with a Super Bowl appearance is evidence of the same. And Stafford has been one of the best and most efficient QB’s in the league since he was drafted first overall in 2009. So with the two on the same side along with a loaded offense, the LA Rams will be a force in 2021.
But now McVay might have to alter his plans after Stafford’s injury.
Sean McVay thinks Matt Stafford will be OK
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered an injury to his surgically-repaired throwing hand during a training camp practice on Monday evening. According to Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News, Stafford left the field with his thumb wrapped but was later seen holding his helmet with his right hand – which is at least a somewhat good sign.
“I don’t know anything yet. I think he’ll be OK.” said HC Sean McVay
“It was a freak thing, but it is something that consistently occurs,” McVay told reporters, via quotes distributed by the team. “See somebody come down on the top of somebody’s helmet and when you get a little bit of a push interior, those are things that do inevitably occur. It’s one of those things where I’m saying to myself, ‘Man I feel stupid that I didn’t implement some of the things to prevent that.’
“I’ve seen some teams around the league, they have those shells on their helmets that you can at least soften the blow when you do come down on the top of it. So, what you say is, hopefully you don’t have to learn the hard way and you start implementing things like that to try to just minimize the risk for injury.”
Rams QB Matthew Stafford hit his surgically-repaired thumb on a helmet near the end of practice and got it taped by Reggie Scott; did not resume throwing. Was gripping a cold towel and his helmet well. Sean McVay said he has no information yet. Says he does think he will be OK.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 3, 2021
It’s no surprise why the Rams have hiih expectations with Stafford centre. McVay has led the Rams to the Playoffs in 3 of the 4 seasons he has been a HC. But the team was often held behind by the play of former QB Jared Goff. But Stafford will be a supreme upgrade over Goff. Stafford is one of only 8 players to throw over 5,000 yards in a season. And had another impressive season in 2020 after throwing 26 touchdowns to only 10 interceptions.
So McVay and the Rams will hope that Stafford’s injury is nothing serious.