Why Rams Coach Sean McVay Aggressively Approaches Matthew Stafford’s Turnover?

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Falcons defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson, left, puts pressure on Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford for a second half pass on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Sophie Stadium in Los Angeles.  (Alan J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Atlanta defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson pressured Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford to pass. The Falcons intercepted Stafford’s two passes. (Alan J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

It’s not a problem for Ram Koch Sean McVay,

not yet anyway. Maybe sometime.

two games in a season, Matthew Stafford That’s exactly where he was at the end of the 2021 regular season: Most passes intercepted at No. 1 in the NFL.

Stafford goes up against the Arizona Cardinals (1-1) in Sunday’s NFC West opener, with five passes intercepted – three in the season-opening route by buffalo bills and last sunday victory over atlanta falcons,

“You want to keep them to a minimum,” McVay said Wednesday, “but I also want to make sure it’s a fine line between not allowing him to compete at a higher level.” Where we want to be smart but aggressive.”

Huge interceptions do not necessarily portend disaster for anyone Rams The team is trying to become the first in the NFL to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the 2004 New England Patriots.

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

But Stafford passed for 41 touchdowns, and the Rams went ahead. Win Super Bowl LVI,

Stafford, 34, is in his 14th NFL season, his second with the Rams. He has intercepted 166 passes in 184 regular-season games.

“You never want to turn the ball, you don’t want to hurt the team,” Stafford said. “that’s the point.

“It’s not about me, it’s not about my situation. It’s about what we do to our team, and I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to help my team win, not vice versa.

“So, it’s a fine line, obviously, make sure you play the game like you know how to play the game, but do a good job of taking care of it. And I’m obviously the first two.” I can do better.”

The Cardinals, who lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in their opener and came back to defeat the Las Vegas Raiders, are dropping a league-high 33.5 points a game. They are second in pass defense, have not intercepted a pass and have only one sack, except for 302 yards a game.

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

In a Week 4 game last season, Stafford completed 26 of 41 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, in a 37–20 loss at Sophie Stadium.

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

In a 34-11 NFC wild-card win at Sophie Stadium, Stafford completed 13 of 17 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns without a hitch.

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

“It’s like when you blitz him, he has an answer,” Kingsbury said during a conference call with Los Angeles Beat reporters, “and when you try to sit back and play coverage, He’s going to find the open man. That’s what he’s been doing for a long time.”

Like Stafford, Kingsbury is a native of Texas.

“I’m excited for his success,” Kingsbury said before quipping, “just hoping he plays really bad on Sunday.”


NFL announces tight end Bryson Hopkins has been suspended to three games for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. Hopkins, who was not targeted in the first two games, may not return to the active roster until after the Rams’ October 9 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Tyler Higby is the only remaining tight end on the roster. Jared Pinckney and Roger Carter Jr’s practice squad are the tight ends. …Rams have signed defensive end Takarist McKinley, the team announced. McKinley was in the practice squad for the Tennessee Titans. McKinley played at 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 defensive coordinator Raheem Morris was on staff, and last season with the Cleveland Browns. McKinley has 20 career sacks. … Cornerback Coby Durant (hamstrings) did not practice. Cornerback David Long (groin) was limited according to the Rams injury report.

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