Play Breakdowns

Coordinator’s Corner: A Great Stafford Read Against Former Team

Today on Coordinator’s Corner, I am going to break down a Matthew Stafford read play against his old team. In this series, I break down some of the best plays and designs from the previous football week and help you to understand why players and coaches come to the decisions they due with different play designs.

My experience comes from being the Chicago Bears’ head coach for two seasons before departing. Other stops in my coaching career include going to the CFL where I was the coach for the Montreal Alouettes. With Montreal, I would coach my way into four Grey Cups and win three of them in the process. Throw into the mix the coaching in both a college National Championship and Super Bowl as well and you can realize I have seen, taught, and learned from the best over my lengthy career. 

Now, as a contributor with The 33rd Team, I am looking at the Los Angeles Rams matchup against the Detroit Lions.

The Breakdown

In this matchup, we see Matthew Stafford make a great read in his first start against his former team. The Lions knew how to scheme against Stafford in this matchup, it was clear early. However, the Rams and Stafford were able to overcome these hurdles thanks to play design and Stafford’s playmaking ability. The throw that he makes here is some arm wizardry that any can and should appreciate. One of the more impressive throws you will see be made in the league this year.

How did this play materialize despite the coverage? How did Stafford make this read? Allow me and my 39 years of experience working with offenses, and quarterbacks specifically, to explain the game in a way not many can as we break down this incredible read and throw by Stafford. 

This is the Coordinator’s Corner: A Stafford Read.