It’s interesting these guys play as the best option available even when hurt.
Stafford hand when lions lost the division down the stretch ? Could S Hill have pulled out a win ?
Now last season for Rams
I think people really don’t understand because he is such a private guy and somebody that would never complain or even ever let you know when he’s going through something,” Whitworth said. “Last year was a really, really tough year. It’s unfortunate he wasn’t on the ‘Quarterback’ series that just came out because it would’ve crazy for people to see just how intense his arm issues and things that were bothering him.”
Are they protecting the player ? Their reputation can take a hit by not playing through injury ( KG, Swift ) yet they can play and play worse too ( Stafford ? )
For a competitive edge, yet the drop off is that far that an injured starter is still better than his back up?
Is it player Ego? “I give us the best chance”
Is it selfishness? “I need to be out there for my team”
I don’t think it is “selfishness” for wanting to be there for my team" that is your responsibility–however, injuries happen. I don’t think there is any room for selfishness in the game. trying to play through injury, has two roads: road A- X player is tough , he’s trying to gut it out, he has no quit in him and so on. road B- X player is risking further injury OR the end to a career. fine line from being the tough hero ~~~~ to being stupid for being on the field .
We spelled out what the issues were last offseason leading up to the regular season. There was perfect clarity on the subject. McVay and Stafford decided to pretend it was something different than what it was. They only acknowledged Matt’s issues because they were losing. They put Matt on IR after they were (effectively) eliminated from playoff contention. They shut down Aaron Donald at the same time. Those guys were put on the shelf a few weeks after Cooper Kupp went on IR.
Kelly is going to need vaginal reconstructive surgery after Matty retires because he is going to take that kitty to pound town.
Sure and he should’ve got his head coach fired for not knowing what was at risk and not having the discipline over his team where he it was still a bit of Everyman for himself to be the hero
That’s why those teams had the big errors.
In hindsight, this really was an early warning on how little control Schwartz had on the emotional discipline that can be the difference between a win and a loss
It’s great because it worked
But letting your most important player play in a meaningless moment where he can’t protect himself on the field
Only looks good because the worst case didn’t happen
Eventually you get Stafford playing with broken hands , broken back as team also showed zero trust in the backup QB and therefor never seriously invested in it. Matt ride or die.
just like playing with a sketchy back…let me tell you something—back pain, messed up discs , fractures , tailbone issues, having your back out of place…hurts like hell if you tweak it-let alone if any defender keeps knocking you to the ground , it has to about kill your butt to keep getting back up and playing…Matt was one tough SOB !
I wonder if Stafford wishes he would’ve stuck it out here? I know he got a ring…and lots of money. But do you think he looks at what is happening with this team and regrets pulling the plug? He would’ve meshed well with Campbell. And he’s much better than Goff, so this team would be a legit super bowl contender had he stayed.