Rams backup Sean Mannion should get most, if not all of the preseason snaps

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams greets quarterback Sean Mannion
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams greets quarterback Sean Mannion /

The Los Angeles Rams are set at quarterback with Jared Goff an incumbent starter who is facing zero competition. That said, now is the time for LA to find out how good they need backup Sean Mannion to be.

For a few weeks now, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff has been feted as a top line QB  despite still being a work in progress. Fans don’t care much to hear that, but fans are also banking on that next quantum leap to happen to the LA starter in 2018.

Maybe that happens, and maybe it doesn’t. But if this year is a carbon copy of last year, preseason won’t see starters get much work, and while I’ve never been an advocate for such, I’m all in on front line players sitting a whole lot when this preseason gets into full swing.

One backup I would like to see get a ton of work is second string quarterback Sean Mannion.

Mannion, who was drafted in 2015 by the Rams, is seldom seen and seldom heard from. How good or bad he is, capable or otherwise, is still kind of a mystery. Further, if what we saw in the last Super Bowl means anything, Mannion still being something of a riddle needs to be fully flushed out.

If Los Angeles is going to be the next ‘it’ team, putting all their collective eggs in the Goff basket is logical, completely and wholeheartedly. He more than likely is significantly better than Mannion, and that too is logical.

But if however great the Rams can be begins and ends with Goff, well, that by definition is potential unfulfilled, potentially. While the run that Nick Foles had was magical, he was also a capable backup the Philadelphia Eagles went out to get.

Yes, they went and got him because he was a known commodity.

The Los Angeles Rams haven’t looked beyond Goff, and I get that. Bringing in a player to challenge your starter just isn’t done, unless you truly don’t have a starter. It’s a reasonable question to wonder and ask if the quarterback depth chart in Los Angeles has a guy who can step in and carry the team, if need be.

Maybe even win a playoff game.
Maybe even a Super Bowl.

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Bottom line, no one even knows how good Mannion really is. Heck, after 22 regular season games, Goff is still being vetted for a potential label as “franchise” type. He’s 11 up and 11 down with one playoff appearance, and that was a loss in the Coliseum.

Meanwhile in LA, fans know how good, even great the principals are.

Can anyone say that about Sean Mannion?