The Los Angeles Rams will be taking on the Detroit Lions on Sunday Night during Super Wild Card Weekend. Yesterday, Sean McVay took the approach of making the upcming game about the teams, the Lions and Rams, while trying not to make the matchup about Jared Goff vs Matthew Stafford or the history that involves both Stafford and Goff when it comes to both LA and Detroit. There is so much history, both recent and past involving these two franchises, and that is something that makes this matchup much watch television. Plus it’s a NFL playoff game. It’s exciting on it’s own.
Do you think the teams will be able to focus on the moment? How will Goff’s past with the Rams impact him? Could Stafford’s history with the Lions cause some emotion for him? I am guessing these are all proffessionals who will be able to compartmentalize what’s important and what isn’t. At the same time, these are humans, and at times humans tend to let the insignificant become significant. Are we waiting all week for Sunday night?
Please share your thoughts, comment on whatever you’d like and have a great Tuesday!
“The Lions head coach believes that those involved understand the history, and there is no need to bring it up or address those past happenings. But that doesn’t mean Campbell doesn’t understand the outside noise surrounding this postseason pairing, with Matthew Stafford returning to Ford Field for the first time since asking for his way out of Detroit early in 2021.
“I mean, I understand why people will be fascinated by it,” Campbell said. “I get that. So, I guess I can appreciate if I’m sitting where other people are. I understand it’s one of these stories, you know?
“But I just, it’s a reminder, too, though, and (Jared) Goff knows this, for example — But we win as a team. This is about the Lions versus the Rams and we win with three phases here. And he’s (Goff) a huge part of that, and all he’s got to do is to do his part. And he knows that. Just do what you’ve been doing all year.”
“The Los Angeles Rams closed out their 2023 regular season on Sunday by beating the San Francisco 49ers, 21-20. It was their 10th win of the season and snapped their nine-game regular-season losing streak to the 49ers.
Neither team played all of their starters, but there were enough out there to make it a competitive game, even if the quarterbacks were Carson Wentz and Sam Darnold.
Here’s a look at the Rams’ best and worst performances on offense and defense based on their Pro Football Focus grades.”
“Left in career turmoil, Goff and the Lions have risen from rock bottom to legit Super Bowl contender. Stafford, who endured years of Detroit idiocy, went to Los Angeles and won a Super Bowl. The story has been told, the next chapter has yet to be written. Goff and redemption, Stafford and the return. Sean McVay versus the QB he threw away. This is a storyteller’s dream.
Well, McVay isn’t a storyteller, and the Super Bowl-winning coach isn’t playing into narratives. When talking about his former quarterback, McVay had this to say after the Rams’ win on Sunday.
“I have more appreciation for him as time goes on,” McVay said of Goff. “He’s nothing but a class act and man, did he do a lot of really good things here for us. He’s done great stuff for them. There’s a reason they’re in this position. We’ve got to do the best that we can to go play a good, clean game and try to be able to come away with a win, but they’ve been an excellent offense and he’s done a great job orchestrating it. He and Coach Johnson, and obviously Coach Campbell. I think those are fun narratives, but there’s nothing but appreciation and gratitude from me.”
McVay recognized the circumstances and the appearance of the Goff trade by saying, “you guys know, there’s different things that occurred, but there’s nothing but good vibes on my end. We’re going to go in there and we know we’re going up against an excellent football team.”
I might’ve posted this in the last Random Ramsdom, but whether I did or not why not post again! Go Rams!