FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots shakes hands with Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions after a game at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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Now-Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was reportedly willing to be traded anywhere but the New England Patriots.

Robby Sabo

The allure of the “Patriot Way” seems to have evaporated.

Now-Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was willing to be traded to any NFL team other than the New England Patriots, per NBC Boston’s Tom E. Curran.

Stafford, 32, was sent to the Rams for Jared Goff, a 2021 third-round pick, a 2022 first-round pick and a 2023 first-round selection on Sunday. Along with the New York Jets, Bill Belichick‘s football team also figured to be in on the Stafford action.

We obviously now know the Pats had no chance to acquire the No. 1 overall pick in 2009—if the recent report is true. (Curran’s source is said to be an individual whose organization was also in on the Stafford trade talks.)

New England’s abysmal offense finished 27th in total offense this past season. Cam Newton struggled to throw the ball downfield and finished with just 1,657 yards and eight touchdowns to 10 interceptions in 15 games.

Stafford made all the sense in the world for the Pats. Why he flat-out rejected them as an option remains a mystery.

Perhaps it dealt with the Patriots rebuilding perception. Without much at wide receiver or tight end, the Pats have a long way to go before they get back to Super Bowl-caliber offense.

Remember, Matt Patricia coached Stafford for close to three full seasons in Detroit. Patricia is a former Belichick disciple and has since returned to New England after his firing by the Lions.

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Perhaps Patricia fits into the conversation somewhere. In any event, Stafford is in Los Angeles, Patricia is back in New England and Tom Brady is preparing for his 10th Super Bowl.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, developer and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor | Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (sold in 2020). SEO: XLM Email: robby.sabo[at]
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2 years ago

The Patriot Way didn’t work in Detroit. There seems to be evidence that the Patriot Way, could be the source of many of the Texans organizational problems

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2 years ago

Yea man, my first thought was he saw too much of patricia and thought better of joining a team that churns out such dregs, lol. But its probably to do with their lack of weapons and being on a sinking ship in a rising division. Maybe its the strict no fun patriot way. Who knows. Your guess as good as mine.