The trade that we have been waiting for happened. Stafford is officially out of Detroit and on his way to Los Angeles. The Lions got a haul in return for Stafford. Two first round picks, third round pick, and Jared Goff. What a return. I was just hoping the Lions could get a first for Stafford, they got a lot more than that. This trade was a win for both sides.
First off, for the Lions, there are many reasons why this was a great deal. Not only did you get two future first-round picks, but you also get a quarterback in the deal. Everyone knows Goff isn’t elite. He’s an average to an above-average quarterback who can win in the right system. Goff can be the bridge for the next Lions quarterback. Draft one in the next year or so and let him learn under Goff. This past season Goff threw for 3,952 yards for 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 15 games. Again, that’s average. The Lions need a quarterback for the future, but they still shouldn’t reach for one. The Lions got what they wanted, picks for the future, and a surprise pick up in Jared Goff while giving Stafford want he wanted.
The Rams just got a huge upgrade at quarterback in Matthew Stafford.
Stafford has been elite, ranking top 20 in touchdowns and yards all-time. Detroit hasn’t given him anything to work with other than Calvin Johnson. Even with Megatron, the rest of that team was still not good, to say the least. Stafford has only had a top ten defense one time, 2014, that team went 11-5. Now Stafford will be with a real team with a real defense. This Rams defense is loaded, with Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, this defense ranked one overall. The Rams defense allowed the fewest yards per game (281.9), fewest points per game (18.6), and fewest passing yards per game (190.7). Plus, finishing second in sacks with 53. Stafford finally has himself a real defense. Now, on the offensive side, this offense looks scary good.
Those weapons plus the coaching of Sean McVay, this offense is loaded. In 12 years in Detroit, Stafford only had 11 100 yard rushers. The Rams did that five times alone last season. Stafford with McVay is going to be so much fun. Yes, the Rams gave up a lot. They don’t have a first-round pick until 2024, but the Rams clearly think they have a super bowl roster with Stafford.
This deal works out for both sides. The Lions have pieces for the future, while the Rams can win now.