San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward has taken a shot at Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford for his playoff record. This offseason, 33-year-old Stafford changed teams for the first time in his career as the Detroit Lions traded him to the Rams in an exchange for former No.
1 pick Jared Goff. Stafford, who made his lone Pro Bowl appearance in 2014, featured in the playoffs last time in 2016. Back then, the Lions suffered a loss in the wild-card round. Ward suggested that Stafford had weapons on offense before but failed to deliver for the Lions.
"I like Stafford, but they still will have the same players that he'll be throwing the ball to. He's the same quarterback who was on the Detroit Lions and they still didn't go to the playoffs, and they had Megatron (Calvin Johnson)," Ward told Sports Illustrated's Grant Cohn.
"What was the problem over there in Detroit? Are you going to blame the city? What was the problem? Was it the money? If they city didn't have enough money to bring players over there, why even have an NFL team? That's a big question mark."
Ward defended Goff
"They went and traded Jared Goff, who went to the playoffs several times and went to the Super Bowl. Yeah, he lost. He went to the Super Bowl, though. I've yet to see that with Matt Stafford. And I'm saying, he's still great.
I believe he's a top 10 quarterback, maybe top 5. I don't know. We'll see. I'm just going off of what I see. And I see Jared Goff got those boys to the Super Bowl," Ward added. Elsewhere, New England Patriots defensive tackle Byron Coward claims there won't be any type of ceremony when Tom Brady returns to Foxborough.
“He’s done a lot of things for this organization,” Cowart said on the Patriots Way of Life podcast. “He’s coming back, but he’s coming back as an opponent, so I’m going to treat it like any opponent”.
After leaving the Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady won the Super Bowl. “We ain’t welcoming him, we just got to play him. There ain’t going to be no damn ceremony for him or nothing like that,” Cowart said.
“They might clap for him, but there’s not going to be no— bro, this is our opponent. Bro, what? We like to win”.