It’s hard to say what happens between a Week 3 exhibition game and the season opener against the Oakland Raiders, especially where the Rams backup quarterback is concerned.
But everyone knows it’s a situation that will have a destination.
With two weeks of preseason football in the books, it’s more than a footnote that Mannion has tossed something of a monkey wrench into the preparations for the 2018 season.
Problem is, Brandon Allen hasn’t done much either.
Look for that to change on Saturday against Houston.
Fact is, Mannion has done little to nothing to instill a sense of “we’ll be OK, if…”
He just hasn’t.
He also won’t, not against the Texans, and not next week against the New Orleans Saints.
Mannion just isn’t the guy. The Rams, and especially McVay, NEED to see some movement in Week 3 to know that their backup for Goff is already on the roster in Los Angeles.
Allen will emerge on Saturday, if for no other reason than Mannion has not and will not.
It’s simple arithmetic.
McVay can’t have this drag on much further. The Rams are themselves on a trajectory towards a possible Super Bowl run. I mean, outside of botching the Aaron Donald deal, THIS is what they’ve built to.
Allen just needs to be good enough to allow for a deep breath and an assurance he can be “the guy.”
Something Mannion just couldn’t get done.