The Los Angeles Rams will continue to break new ground at the most critical position on the team: quarterback.
As Jared Goff embarks on season two, he’ll do so with seven games under his belt as a starter. Which is seven more than possible second string quarterback Sean Mannion and newly acquired Aaron Murray.
Question are and will remain many.
As Case Keenum began a slow burn on his career in Los Angeles with a string of bad performances, depth at QB began and ended with Jared Goff. I mean, no fan honestly believed that Sean Mannion would be a challenger for number two on the depth chart anymore than he’s a challenger for the top spot in 2017. But even the most optimistic of pragmatists would concede it’s a remarkably thin bench of talent and experience.
Having said that, does anyone not think 2017 becomes a 16 game audition for “what comes next?”
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The number two guy on the depth chart is incidental in New England, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, etc. Brady, Roethlisberger, and Rodgers are mortal locks in their respective cities. Goff deserves the opportunity to get it right this coming season, but what happens if injury or absolute abysmal play sidelines the 2017 incumbent?
Having the M&M Boys (Mannion & Murray) serving as one and two on the depth chart makes the need for Jared Goff to succeed only that much more critical.
It also means the margin for error is razor thin.
Sean McVay has his work cut out for him. He’s got no choice BUT to thread the needle with a seven game starter starting over, thus making a reasonable argument that the second most critical position on the Rams roster is probably occupied by Sean Mannion.
Hopefully, fans in Los Angeles won’t have to worry about such a scenario.
Odd are, coach McVay does too.