With minicamp just around the corner, the Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks are already at the facility and working out.
In a new video posted by the Rams YouTube page, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Zach Witherspoon takes quarterbacks Matthew Stafford, John Wolford, and Bryce Perkins through some mobility, balance, and explosive plyometric drills.
While arms have a tendency to get all the glory for quarterbacks, it's really the hips and legs where quarterbacks generate a majority of their throwing power. Witherspoon's drills can be emulated by young and veteran quarterbacks alike to further develop the critical feel needed for proper balance and hip rotation.
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When it comes to throwing power, Stafford is widely considered to have one of the best "arms" in NFL history; while this is in part due to natural arm strength itself, it's really Stafford's explosive hip rotation that allows him to generate the torque to make jaw-dropping no-look and tight-window throws on a rope.
In his career, Stafford has consistently posted high stat totals behind his rocket of an arm. This includes a 5,000-yard season in 2011 and passing for over 4,000 yards in 9 of his last 11 seasons. It is no surprise that in his inaugural year with Los Angeles, Stafford put up nearly 5,000 yards again with a career-high 67.2% completion rate and career-high 41 touchdowns.
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Stafford's passing was the centerpiece of the Rams offense for the entire 2021 season -- an offense that was able to march down the field for clutch drives in the biggest moments of the season. Stafford engineered crucial game-winning drives against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round and the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl and ultimately solidified his position as a top quarterback in the league.
With the new NFL season slowly beginning to take shape, it's now only a matter of time before Stafford and the Los Angeles offense are ready to defend the crown.