Rams Quarterback Corp Has Razor Thin Margin For Error

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Jared Goff QB, Los Angeles Rams
November 20, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) calls out a play before the snap against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • jim

    The author of this article, Steve Rivera, claims Case Keenum had a string of bad performances as the starting QB for the Rams. WRONG !!!!!! Keenum was 7-7 in his 14 starts for the awful Rams. 4 of those 7 losses were by 3 points each. If the Rams had any running game whatsoever, he would have been 11-3. But, they had no running game. They had no offensive line. And, they had about the worst corp of receivers in the NFL. Case Keenum was a magician as the Rams starting QB. Then, Jared Goof—I mean Goff—got to start the last 7 games. The flop went 0-7 and was sacked a league leading 26 times. And was the worst ranked QB in the NFL. In less than half a season. Whose fault was that ? Case Keenum ? I’m sure Mr. Rivera can find a way to lay the blame for all of the Rams shortcomings on Case Keenum. Fisher never wanted Goff. Now we know why. Clearly.