INGLEWOOD, Calif. — After the Los Angeles Rams’ offense struggled for their second straight game and the team lost their second consecutive game to fall 2-3 on the season, head coach Sean McVay said his quarterback needed help.
“I love Matthew Stafford,” McVay said after a 10-22 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. “He comes in and does everything in his power for this team. He needs some help. We have to be able to help him.”
The Rams have only one touchdown in their last nine quarters, a 75-yard catch and a run from Stafford to wide receiver Cooper Kupp in the second quarter of Sunday’s game.
Stafford plays behind an offensive line that has dealt with injury after injury this season. Center Jeremiah Kolone, who started in place of the injured Coleman Shelton, who started in place of the injured Brian Allen, became the Rams’ ninth offensive lineman to start a game this season. Only left tackle Joe Noteboom and right tackle Rob Havenstein have started all five games for the Rams.
That was shown this season as Los Angeles struggled to keep Stafford upright. Stafford was sacked five times on Sunday and has now been sacked 21 times this season, the most shared by a Rams quarterback in five games since the merger in 1970. He’s been pressured 20 times by the Cowboys defense, which is tied for the second-best in a game of his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research.
After the game, the quarterback was asked how he felt physically after scoring so many times this season.
“I feel OK,” said Stafford. “It’s part of the game.”
Stafford went 6 of 15 for 59 yards and an interception when he was pressured on Sunday, according to ESPN Stats & Information investigation. He was 22 of 27 for 249 yards and a touchdown when not under pressure.
When asked how the Rams can fix the offensive line until they get multiple starters back from injury, McVay said, “I don’t know if I have that answer now.”
“But we need to be able to figure out if it’s guys who are playing right now or if we need to find other options,” McVay said. “But it’s not good enough and it’s not exclusive to one player in one position. But there are some things that continue to be glaring issues for us that prevent us from performing at a level that you’ve seen us at.”
Los Angeles has also struggled on the ground, rushing for 38 yards with 15 carries in the loss to the Cowboys. McVay said the Rams “need to be able to run football efficiently.”
If they don’t run the ball efficiently, McVay says, the Rams have trouble protecting themselves, which means “you can’t give yourself a chance to let things develop.”
Stafford said when the offense is struggling the way it has, he looks inward to say, “What more can I do?”
“We have to find a way to get the ball into the end zone,” said Stafford. “We need to do better at maintaining some rides, give ourselves some more manageable situations and find a way to get more points.”
Stafford completed 28 of 42 passes for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception on Sunday. And for the second time in his post-game press conference, McVay reiterated that he doesn’t think there’s much more Stafford can do.
“I think he’s doing everything he can,” McVay said. “I think he needs more help. The boys have to play better around him. We need to be able to help him give himself a chance to sit on his back foot just behind a problem on some things. But , [I] Dear Matthew Stafford.
“I will ride with this guy until the end of time. And he continues to do everything in his power to try and help our team, move the football, score points and we need to be able to help him more.”
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