Prior to his debut season with the Los Angeles Rams, Matthew Stafford had high expectations.
Following a season in which he threw for 41 touchdowns and won the Super Bowl, Stafford certainly met, if not beyond, those expectations.
Stafford believes he is further advanced this year than he was last year due to his increased comfort, which makes his back-to-back goals more attainable.
Stafford stated, via the team’s website’s Stu Jackson, that “what I knew and understood about this squad and this offense at this time last year pales in contrast to what I know and understand now.” Therefore, it gives me great satisfaction to know that we can surpass what we accomplished last year.
Stafford’s 41 touchdown passes set a career high, as did his 4,886 passing yards and 67.2 completion percentage, both of which also matched a career high.
Although there were high expectations for the 12-year Detroit Lions starter in his Los Angeles debut season, that does not minimize his achievement of reaching the NFL summit. Stafford led the Rams to a 12-5 record, an NFC West championship, and postseason victories against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers, and Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.
“The greatest lesson I learned from last season was that nothing is ever simple,” Stafford remarked. People see the end result, us raising the Lombardi Trophy, but it was a grind to get there.
After years of battle with the Lions, Stafford and company’s 2021 season was well worth the difficulty.
In his twelve years with the Detroit Lions, Stafford had appeared in only three postseason games, going winless. In one season in Los Angeles, Stafford participated in four postseason games and recorded four victories.
As challenging as the path to a Lombardi was, Stafford is even more eager to achieve the summit once more.
“I am enthusiastic about it,” stated Stafford. When you experience success, you desire it even more.