Rams’ Stafford not worried about no-pass offseason
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.
Matthew Stafford went through the Los Angeles Rams’ entire offseason schedule without throwing a serious pass.
The quarterback still thinks he’s picked up a lot of knowledge from the Super Bowl champions’ workouts, and he says he’ll “definitely” be up for training camp. He doesn’t believe inactivity will get in his way by the time the Rams are ready to begin their pursuit of a second ring.
“I love working out,” Stafford said Wednesday. “It’s not that fun for me to come here and not throw the ball. I like getting reps. I love training and competing, so it was hard for me not being able to do that. , but I want to keep training and improving.
Stafford received a right elbow injection early in the offseason after leading the Rams to a title in his first season with the team. His return from procedural was deliberately deliberate, but he expects to be active with his teammates even before Los Angeles begins training camp in late July.
Stafford said he would likely meet with his receivers for informal practices during summer vacation.
“As I progress through my program and try to prepare, I’ll be with the guys,” Stafford said. “That’s the great thing about being in Southern California: everyone wants to be here anyway. It will be great to go out there and work with some of these guys.
Stafford fulfilled his potential last season throwing for 4,886 yards in the regular season and then leading the Rams to the first four playoff wins of his 13-year career. The veteran was everything Sean McVay believed he would be — especially in the playoffs, where he led the Rams to late wins in each of their last three playoff games.
Stafford should be even more comfortable attacking McVay in his second season, but with NFL receiving leader Cooper Kupp back, the Rams made some changes by trading Robert Woods and signing Allen Robinson. Los Angeles also doesn’t know if Odell Beckham Jr. will return to the team while he recovers from his Super Bowl knee injury.
Stafford and his coaches are confident he has plenty of time to connect with Robinson ahead of the season opener.
“I did some of the jogging stuff, which is the majority of the team stuff we do now,” Stafford said. “It’s the best at this time of year. I look up, there are new faces in the huddle, and we’re working with these guys. I think it’s important for me to work with them.
While McVay remains the Rams’ point guard and offensive brain, Stafford also has a new offensive coordinator with Liam Coen taking over from Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell.
Coen was on the Rams staff until he left shortly before Stafford joined the team last year, and Coen is grateful to return with a veteran quarterback of Stafford’s talents in charge of the offense. – even if he is not yet throwing passes.
“I’m excited to see Matthew kick the ball around, but it’s really good to get to know him a bit on the side when he’s not taking those reps,” Coen said. “I was able to see things through his lens at the back, and see how he sees things, talk about certain concepts.”
Coen echoes the praise given by McVay last year to Stafford, whose veteran balance and all-around play was a natural match with McVay’s innovative offense. Los Angeles tied for seventh in the league in points while ranking fifth in passing yards.
“When you play football for as long as he has, at as high a level as he has, the game is just extremely slow for him,” Coen said. “How slow it is for him, and how he sees the game in real time, pre-snap, how quickly he can signal the decision he’s making, I mean, it’s ridiculous. Just the leadership, the communication, the way he is with the players, with the coaches, his intelligence of the boardroom and his demeanor, it’s just amazing to be with a guy like him.
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