Why Rams coach Sean McVeigh strongly objected to Matthew Stafford’s coup

Atlanta defensive line Abdullah Anderson presses Rams midfielder Matthew Stafford to pass the ball. The Hawks intercepted two of Stafford’s passes. (Allen J. Chapin/Los Angeles Times)

It’s not a problem for Ramez coach Sean McVeigh.

Not now anyway. Maybe ever.

two games a season, Matthew Stafford He is right where he was at the end of the 2021 regular season: #1 in the NFL for most passes intercepted.

Stafford goes into Sunday’s NFC West opener against the Arizona Cardinals (1-1) after five assists were intercepted – three in the season opener Defeated by Buffalo Bills And two last Sunday Victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

“You want to have at least those, but I also want to make sure it’s a fine line between not letting him compete at a high level. We want to be smart but aggressive,” McVeigh said on Wednesday.

Huge interceptions don’t necessarily portend disaster for a rams The team is trying to become the first in the NFL to repeat as a Super Bowl champion since the 2004 New England Patriots.

Last season, Stafford’s 17 interceptions at the time tied Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Trevor Lawrence for the most in the NFL.

But Stafford went through 41 touchdowns, and the Rams went to Win Super Bowl LVI.

Stafford, 34, is in his 14th season in the NFL, and his second with the Rams. He had 166 interceptions in 184 regular season games.

“You never want to flip the ball, you don’t want to hurt the team,” Stafford said. “That’s what it’s about.

“It’s not about me, it’s not about my stats. It’s about what our team is doing, and I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can… to help our team win, not the other way around.

“So it’s obviously a good line to make sure you play the game the way you know how to play the game but do a great job looking after it. I can of course do a better job in the first two.”

The Cardinals, who were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs in the opening game and came back to defeat the Las Vegas Raiders, give up a league-high 33.5 points per game. They are second in passing defense, giving up 302 yards a game, unblocking the pass and only have one sack.

Since joining the Rams, Stafford has enjoyed success mostly against the Cardinals, passing for seven touchdowns, with only one interception.

In last season’s Week 4 game, Stafford completed 26 of 41 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns, with interceptions, in a 37-20 defeat at SoFi Stadium.

Two months later, he was 23 of 30 for 287 yards and three touchdowns, without interception, in a 30-23 victory at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

In a 34-11 NFC victory at SoFi Stadium, Stafford completed 13 of 17 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, without interception.

Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury said Stafford is a “Hall of Fame quarterback” and “one of the strongest players I’ve ever seen”.

“It looks like when you attack him, he has an answer, and when you try to sit down and turn on the cover, he’ll find the open guy. That’s what he did for a long time,” Kingsbury said during a conference call with Los Angeles reporters.

As with Stafford, Kingsbury is a native of Texas.

“I’m excited about the success he’s had, just hope he plays poorly on Sunday,” Kingsbury said before sarcastically.


The NFL announced that tight end Brycen Hopkins commented For three matches for violating the university’s drug policy. Hopkins, who was not targeted in his first two games, cannot return to the active roster until after the Rams’ October 9 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Tyler Higby is the only party left on the list. Jared Pinckney and Roger Carter Jr. practice tight ends. The team announced… Rams signing defensive end Tacharist McKinley. McKinley was on the Tennessee Titans coaching squad. McKinley played for UCLA and was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 26th pick in the 2017 draft. He played four seasons with the Falcons, where Rams defense coordinator Raheem Morris was on the staff, and last season with the Cleveland Browns. McKinley has 20 functional bags. … Cornerback Cobie Durant (hamstring) did not exercise. Cornback David Long (groin) was limited, according to the Rams injury report.

This story originally appeared Los Angeles Times.

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