Kelly Stafford, the wife of Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, has expressed concerns about the team’s significant roster changes since their Super Bowl LVI win.
With an influx of younger players, Matthew is reportedly finding it challenging to establish strong connections with his new teammates.
“It’s kind of crazy. So, Matthew’s been in the league a long time. He’s like, ‘The difference in the locker room has changed so significantly.’ They have a lot of rookies on their team, they’re very young. But he’s like, ‘I feel like I can’t connect,'” Kelly Stafford said on her podcast, “The Morning After With Kelly Stafford,” last week.
As he enters his 15th NFL season and third with the Rams at the age of 35, Matthew had initially enjoyed stability within the roster.
However, this year saw the departure of several notable players either through free agency or trades.
“In the old days you’d come out of practice, you’d shower, and people would be playing cards, interacting. Who knows what they’re doing, but they’re doing something together. Playing pingpong, they have a tournament going on. They’d at least be talking. But now they get out of practice, and meetings during training camp, and they go straight to their phones. No one looks up from their phones. Matthew’s like, ‘I don’t know … am I the dad? Do I take their phones? What do I do here?’ He’s like, ‘I want them to see me not as a coach.'”
Consequently, the defense has undergone substantial changes, with Aaron Donald and Ernest Jones being the only defenders to have started in the Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Additionally, the team drafted 14 players in the 2023 NFL draft, further contributing to the overall roster turnover.
“They say ‘sir’ to him and s—,” she said. “He’s like, ‘No, we’re on the same level here, we’re both playing in the league. Let me get to know you.’ He said it’s so different and so hard to get to know these guys. He had a book printed out. He had the equipment guy get a book printed of all their faces, and all their names, ’cause he’s like, ‘I need to know their names.’ We need to talk, so I’m gonna find their names and I’m gonna say, ‘Hey so-and-so, how was your weekend?’ So, they know I know them and maybe we should get to know each other so there’s chemistry on the field.’
“But I think nowadays, it’s really hard to develop that because all these young kids, they don’t care. Or it’s not that they don’t care, but they’re so used to going straight to their phones instead of having some fun with some guys in the locker room. It’s different. It’s kind of sad.”
“He said it’s so different and so hard to get to know these guys. He had a book printed out. He had the equipment guy get a book printed of all their faces, and all their names, ’cause he’s like, ‘I need to know their names.'”Kelly Stafford
Kelly Stafford has emphasized that her husband is currently facing difficulties in garnering the respect and recognition he deserves from his new teammates.
Of course plenty of people were none too pleased with Kelly sharing private details of Matt Stafford’s work life.
Why is Kelly Stafford exposing her own husband like that?
— Chase Snyder (@ChasingSnyder) August 28, 2023
The amount of headlines Kelly Stafford creates off her poverty podcast is so ridiculous. Keep this shit in-house. https://t.co/p7fh2ptEao
— LTR? (@LetsTalkRams) August 28, 2023
Am I the only Rams fan that wishes Kelly Stafford would keep her trap shut?
— Ryan Plisga (@Pliz14) August 28, 2023
"Why does Kelly Stafford have a podcast?"
I ask that same question about 95% of the people that do have one
— Chad (@chadtrojanfan) August 28, 2023
It reminds me of how great it feels not ever having to read or see Kelly Stafford again
— Donnell (@MegatronDon1986) August 27, 2023
Interesting read but I do not think Kelly Stafford’s comments are going to go over well in the locker room… https://t.co/Z4zuxNprht
— Fatou ?? (@FatouSadio) August 28, 2023
1. Why does Kelly Stafford, Matt's wife, have a podcast? 2. Why would anyone listen? https://t.co/M29rEUW6Xv
— John McAdam (@CCMilani) August 28, 2023
Can’t believe the obnoxious thing Jared Goff’s wife just posted to instagram.
Oh wait, I’m just having Kelly Stafford PTSD. #onepride
— Nick the Greek (@NicoTheGreco) August 28, 2023
Kelly Stafford still doing Kelly Stafford things….. https://t.co/Zhte9bUUlY
— ??? ??????????? (@OldDominionJack) August 28, 2023
You live and you learn. Moving forward we’ll see how much Matt is willing to share with his wife. Things are definitely going to be a little awkward for him in the locker room.
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