It's no secret that Matthew Stafford is an objectively good quarterback. If you're not a good quarterback, you don't make a Pro Bowl. You also don't rank in the top-25 all-time in statistical categories including passing yards, passing touchdowns and passer rating. You don't boost your new team's Super Bowl odds to +1300, fourth-best in the NFL, unless you're pretty darn good.
And it's also no secret that the Rams are really, really excited to have him around. We've heard players raving about Stafford, be it new teammates or old teammates that wish him the best of luck and hold him in very high regard. We saw what the Rams sacrificed in order to obtain him — former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff in addition to two future first-rounders and a third-rounder. And we've heard respected analysts, including Rich Eisen, share their sky-high hopes for the 33-year-old in his 13th season.
But still, with both past experiences providing great evidence of his talent and all of the present hype exciting us about what his future might hold, Rams head coach Sean McVay thinks there's even more coming than we might think.
"Bro, this dude’s a bad MF-er," McVay told SI.com's Albert Breer. "Whatever people say about him, as good as it can be, he’s even better than advertised. It makes sense to him. The guy’s ability to see the game, his ability to draw on his experiences, the feel that he has, it’s pretty special and unique. And man, his feel for people, his authentic way of connecting with his teammates, his coaches, this guy, it’s great being around him."
And how did McVay relay this information to Breer? Like he "was about to jump through the phone," says Breer, and if you've heard or seen McVay on a podcast or in HBO's "Hard Knocks," you'll know just how excited he can get. If he's truly this pumped about Stafford, maybe those +1300 odds are also advertising the Rams, with their juggernaut defense and much-improved prospects on offense, a little less than what they deserve.
Stafford was Pro Football Focus's No. 14 ranked quarterback in 2020, with an overall grade of 82.0 and a passing grade of 78.6. However, once a coaching change occurred, Stafford's metrics and production shot up.
Goff, meanwhile, ranked at No. 22 with grades of 71.3 and 71.6, respectively.