Los Angeles Rams: Media, McVay all over the place on starters playing against the Texans

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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay may play some of his starters when his team faces the Houston Texans in Week 3 of the exhibition season. My question is why now?

The Los Angeles Rams have been an interesting team to cover this offseason and now into the preseason. First, it’s been the Aaron Donald saga that is anyone’s guess when it eventually, or how it eventually ends.

Second, is the now troubling play of both backup quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Brandon Allen.

Third, as the question may be all this week, is whether Sean McVay will, or will not play some or any of his starters against the Houston Texans in Week 3 of the preseason.

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Two publications have differing opinions on whether starters see the field this week. As fans know it’s mostly been the battle of the backups, as the Rams coaching staff got to evaluate the depth chart against both the Baltimore Ravens and the Oakland Raiders.

But this weekend has the potential for McVay to do something he’d probably prefer not to do and that is to play some of his starters, and frankly it’s fair to wonder why he would or should change his mind now.

To play any of his top star players would defy all the reasonable arguments he’s made to not do so. Sure, I’ve been an advocate for getting them some game time, but I’ve also seen the reason why not too. If anything, I’m more interested to see Mannion and Allen be on the field than Jared Goff. That seems the more critical as Los Angeles prepares for the regular season.

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Heading into Week 3, the backup quarterback question is far more pressing. Goff won’t show anything that coaches haven’t seem, but anyone who has watched the Rams these last two weeks know what is needing the most attention.

Bottom line, Mannion and Allen absolutely need to be on the field as much as possible. McVay has made the argument as to why his starters don’t need to play.

My question is why change that now?