Matthew Stafford is not a member of the New England Patriots, and longtime NFL head coach Dave Wannstedt isn’t pleased.
The Los Angeles Rams agreed to acquire Stafford, 33, from the Detroit Lions in January. During a recent interview with Colin Cowherd, Wannstedt — a head coach for parts of 11 NFL seasons — ripped Stafford and what Wannstedt called a “stupid” mentality that the quarterback reportedly had during trade talks.
Matthew Stafford reportedly wanted to avoid the Patriots
Technically, Matthew Stafford is still a member of the Detroit Lions.
Barring anything unexpected in the coming weeks, that will change on March 17. The Lions’ agreement to trade Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff and multiple draft picks will become official on the new league year’s first day.
Detroit agreed to trade Stafford to the Rams on January 31. NBC Sports Boston‘s Tom Curran reported that day that Stafford “told the Lions they could send him anywhere but New England.”
Former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was Stafford’s head coach from 2018 through November 2020. Patricia is expected to rejoin the Patriots’ coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Dave Wannstedt isn’t pleased with Matthew Stafford
Dave Wannstedt has been around football long enough to remember when the New England Patriots were a perennial doormat.
Wannstedt might not be nostalgic for those days, but he sure would have liked to see Matthew Stafford team up with Bill Belichick. Instead, Wannstedt — who now works for Fox Sports — will watch Stafford try to reach the playoffs with Sean McVay and the Rams.
In the March 1 episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast on The Volume, Wannstedt and Cowherd discussed the Patriots’ hole at quarterback. During their conversation, Wannstedt aired his grievances with Stafford.
“I read some of the comments that Matthew Stafford would go anywhere except go play for Bill Belichick, I think that makes no sense to me. To me, that’s stupid. I mean, you go play in New England, you’re gonna have a chance to win a Super Bowl.”
Las Vegas might disagree with Wannstedt. According to Odds Shark, the Rams have +1500 odds — the fifth-highest among NFL teams — to win Super Bowl 56 as of March 2, 2021.
The New England Patriots have +4000 odds, which ranks ninth among the AFC’s 16 franchises.
What will the Patriots do at quarterback without Stafford?
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper recently projected the Patriots will trade up and select North Dakota State’s Trey Lance in the first round of April’s draft. The Patriots have not used a first-round selection on a quarterback since taking Drew Bledsoe in 1993.
Former Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett is set to hit free agency after four seasons with the Colts. Another ex-Patriots backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, could be available in a trade — or if the 49ers cut him, free agency.
The Patriots could also retain Cam Newton, the former MVP who started 15 games last year.
Betting odds courtesy of Odds Shark as of March 2, 2021.