Losing backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, may be the Rams’ biggest loss this offseason as they are now in need of a backup quarterback with some experience. It has been thought by many experts that the Rams could be a potential suitor for former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez as Sanchez and Rams offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, have a history together in New York.
“I’d say that there is interest. I can’t say how much. But there certainly would be interest,” Fisher told USA Today’s Jim Corbett on Sunday at the NFL Annual Meeting. “I don’t have a backup with experience on the roster right now. Brian had a good relationship with Mark,” Fisher said. “He’s just learning. He’s been to the AFC Championship Game a couple of times, so he’s been there.”
The significance of the backup quarterback position has grown over the past couple of years as the NFL is now a quarterback driven league and without a decent quarterback, you are as good as dead.
When Jay Cutler went down last year for the Bears last season, they were fortunate enough to have Josh McCown on their bench. The Bears did miss the playoffs, but McCown at least gave them a fighting chance.
On the other end of the spectrum is the Green Bay Packers who had Scott Tolzien who was a liability. Luckily, Aaron Rodgers came back at the right time and the Lions choked their way out of the NFC North title.
Point being, it is important to have a backup quarterback with some experience on the roster, and Mark Sanchez has plenty of that. You never know when your starting quarterback is going to go down and it’s better to be safe than sorry. For all you know, your backup quarterback could go out and win a few games that could be important later on.
Sanchez has plenty of experience as he has made 62 regular-season starts and six more in the playoffs including two AFC championship games in his first two seasons. However, as of late, he has been remembered more for the infamous “butt-fumble” against the Patriots in 2012.
Signing Sanchez wouldn’t take the Rams out of the running of drafting a quarterback in the later rounds either. In fact it could be beneficial as Sanchez could help groom the rookie quarterback as well as be another veteran quarterback for Bradford to go to.
The Rams are in much need for a backup quarterback, and although drafting one in the draft is a likely possibility, signing one with some experience such as Sanchez, certainly wouldn’t hurt.