It was exciting to watch the Rams walk a tightrope without a net this season. They traded two first-round picks for Matthew Stafford, and people who hated the deal were a comeback from Tom Brady, away laughing at Stan Kroenke and Los Angeles for being so frivolous with their belongings. (i would have been) one of those people†
But, like the year before, when Brady led the Bucs to a Super Bowl, the gamble paid off. Brady is retired and now Tampa Bay has to pay. Who knows when the outstanding bill for the Rams will be settled, but there will be a long check to pick up.
I’m sure the teams and their fans will say, “It was worth it,” even after their credit card statement shows up the same way you tell yourself the all-inclusive trip to Cabo was worth it because you were in a relationship. Your friends will, of course, be jealous if you treat them to your triumph story, but that doesn’t mean they should use a near-maximum Discover card to chase your glory.
You were literally lucky and you didn’t mention that penicillin injection it took to completely forget about the affair. However, there’s always that one (higher) friend who thinks they can outdo you, and that brings me to the crux of today’s idea: Which NFL team is idiotic (or capable) enough to think they can replicate what the Rams and Bucs just did?
There are a lot of teams that think they are one Stafford away from a title, but I think I could make an open corner 3 in an NBA game, so we all lack a lot of self-awareness. I’m looking for realistic suitors, not the bizarre Ben Simmons for the Spurs-esque rumours.
The Packers, Panthers and Saints would be on this list if not for extenuating circumstances. If Aaron Rodgers leaves Green Bay, you have to assume Davante Adams is following him, which wouldn’t be ideal for an incoming QB. Matt Rhule is a suspicious coach at best, and I can’t say for sure Christian McCaffrey will be healthy enough to make up for that. Sean Payton retired and you can’t expect the Saints to have the same creativity, consistency and success under new coach Dennis Allen. (Also for those of you asking about the Washington Commanders: LOL.)
My hypothesis for who is playing the part of Stafford hasn’t been formulated yet (Rodgers and Russell Wilson are the early favorites), so you’ll have to come back to that – assuming I’m writing it. OK, to Cleveland (literally).