There is a question to be asked right now in LA. Is Matthew Stafford the greatest Rams quarterback? The even bigger question is, where will Stafford rank in Rams history? The Los Angeles Rams have a history of lackluster Quarterback play. LA also has a history of Hall of Fame Quarterbacks. Those few men are Kurt Warner, Norman Van Brocklin, and Bob Waterfield. All three took their place in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The question now becomes, is Stafford next?
Where Will Stafford Rank?
The Detroit Lions traded Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in February 2021. In return, the Lions received Jared Goff and three first-round picks. The trade saw mixed reactions and a lot of doubters. Stafford was 33 at the time of the transaction and had never won a playoff game, let alone win a division crown.
Stafford proved everyone wrong when he and the Rams won the division and four playoff games. The season culminated in a Super Bowl victory for LA and Stafford. The 12th-year veteran led three straight game-winning drives and two fourth-quarter comebacks in the postseason. Matthew was the first player to throw for 6,000 yards and 50 touchdowns between the regular season and playoffs. All of that goes great on a hall of fame résumé, but where does Stafford rank after one season with LA?
Stafford’s Ranks In Rams History:
After one season, Stafford set records for passing yards, touchdowns, and completions. In 2022, he’s on pace to set the single-season completion percentage record as he sits at 72% through three weeks. As good as those single-season records are, the idea of this article is to highlight the career franchise records.
Stafford is on pace to set the all-time touchdown, passing yards, completions, completion percentage, and passer rating records. Producing a season of 41 touchdowns, 4,886 yards, and 404 completions, he’s on track to be the leader in at least two categories. Stafford trails Jim Everett by just 18,111 yards and Roman Gabriel by 109 touchdowns. Both records were set in seven and ten years, respectively. I like Stafford’s chances of breaking both records.
How will he do it?
The Rams signed Stafford to a four-year extension in March. That means he’ll be under contract for five more years. Five more seasons give a good chance at all of the records. Stafford’s pace is set at 21 touchdowns per season to be the king of endzones. He will need to pass for 3,622 yards over the life of his contract to pass Everett. Stafford could break that record in fewer games played by a considerable margin. Will Matthew Stafford be the All-Time greatest Rams quarterback? We’ll have to wait and see.
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