1. Sean Mannion
Isn’t it funny how much a different one year can make in the NFL when looking at all of the Rams fans trying to make the argument that Goff should be replaced with Sean Mannion to give the former California star more time to learn from the sidelines? Clearly, that would have been a terrible decision by McVay, and Los Angeles never would have gone on to win the NFC West, but luckily there’s no reason to even wonder about what could have been since it never happened.
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Because of this, Mannion always seemed like he would keep the Rams in great shape as far as the backup quarterback position is concerned, but all of a sudden the team is feeling far from confident over their situation beyond Goff. Last season is the perfect example of just how important having a reliable backup can be when looking at how many starting quarterbacks went down with injuries, and if something were to happen to Goff, the case can be made that Mannion wouldn’t be able to keep them on the necessary level to contend.
Mannion’s most recent performances against the Raiders and Texans haven’t been terrible, but also haven’t stood out to a point to convince McVay and the rest of the coaching staff he’s the right man for the job. With all of the hype surrounding Los Angeles as a legitimate Super Bowl contender, Mannion faces a ton of pressure moving forward to show he can be relied on if called upon, or the Rams won’t waste any time hesitating from moving on if it’s what’s best for the team.