New report reveals why Matt Stafford to Washington was never realistic

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New report reveals why Stafford to Washington was never realistic originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Matthew Stafford got traded to the Rams, and despite a competitive offer from Washington, L.A. was always going to win the deal. 

Why?

Because, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, all Stafford wanted was to hit Hollywood and play with Rams head coach Sean McVay.

"The Lions were trying to work with Matthew Stafford," Schefter said Monday. "Matthew Stafford wanted to go to the Los Angeles Rams, that became his No. 1 destination." 

Plenty of teams wanted Stafford, and Washington absolutely did, but the veteran quarterback had his mind made up about playing for the Rams. 

"He didn’t want to go to Carolina, he didn’t want to go to Denver, he didn’t want to go to Washington, he didn’t want to go to Chicago, Schefter said. "Nothing against any of those franchises, it was the allure of Sean McVay in Los Angeles that made him want to go play there."

To seal the deal, the Rams offered two first-round picks, a third-round pick and sent QB Jared Goff to Detroit. The Lions did well in the trade, obviously, and Stafford landed where he wanted, paired up with McVay. 

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It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out why Stafford would want to play for McVay. In four years as Rams coach, McVay has led Los Angeles to three playoff seasons and a Super Bowl appearance. His offenses have been explosive, though the Rams dipped to the bottom half of the league in scoring in 2020. 

Perhaps that's why McVay wanted to move on from Goff. He had as many turnovers as touchdowns last season. 

After more than a decade toiling in Detroit with mostly bad Lions teams, now Stafford gets to start fresh with the Rams. He's a career 62 percent passer with a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio. He's got a huge arm and is tough.

Plenty of folks think Stafford is a significantly better QB than his career 74-90-1 record would suggest, and much of the struggles stem from the Lions organizational ineptitude. McVay is one of them. 

Now both men get a chance to prove it.