How Matthew Stafford thinks the Los Angeles Rams can avoid a ‘Super Bowl hangover’ in 2022
The Los Angeles Rams have one goal heading into the offseason — to retain as much of the roster that led them to a Super Bowl LVI victory as possible.
So far, they’ve been able to achieve a good chunk of that goal, while also adding additional things that could improve the team.
Among those holdouts was quarterback Matthew Stafford, who signed a massive extension, while Aaron Donald confirmed his desire to return.
The Rams also managed to add stars through the market, in wide Allen Robinson and linebacker Bobby Wagner.
Now, after a good chunk of talent fled the NFC for the AFC in recent weeks, the Rams look more poised than ever for a chance at a repeat Super Bowl.
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However, during his meeting with the media on Tuesday, Stafford made it clear that the Rams would do everything possible to avoid the dreaded “Super Bowl hangover” and try to get back to the big game next season.
The first thing? Don’t look back to the past.
“I’ve been in this game for a long time, and like you said, this is the first Super Bowl win of my career, and probably a lot of guys in (the locker room) too,” Stafford said. “If you play this game long enough, you understand that what you did last year, good, bad, or indifferent, doesn’t really affect what you do next year. There’s so many things you need to do to prepare and so many things that need to go well for you during the season.”
Speaking of last season, Stafford is coming off a year in which he lit up opposing defences, en route to one of the most productive seasons of his 12-year career, completing 67.2% of his passes. for 4,886 yards and a career-tying 41 touchdowns, with 17 interceptions.
And if Stafford can cut those interceptions, things could turn even more favorable for the Rams, with arguably the best defense in the league and one of their most dangerous offenses in their pocket.
However, Stafford also knows he can’t look that far ahead and that he and the Rams just need to focus on what lies ahead in their immediate future.
“I think the easiest thing for me to do is stay in the moment and not worry about what it’s going to look like in September right now, or October, November and December,” said Stafford. “Just sit here and say ‘what do I need to accomplish today, this week, maybe the first two weeks. Phase One, Phase Two “…just make those goals and the things you’re trying to work on be short-term and stay in the moment as best you can.”
Stafford and the Rams will begin their quest for a repeat on Tuesday when the team arrived for voluntary workouts as they hope to become the first consecutive Super Bowl champions in two decades.
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