The impact of OC Kevin O’ Connell is apparent
The Rams quarterbacks will develop rapidly this year. How so? Well, the Rams offense has HC Sean McVay as the offensive playbook, play-caller sort of guy. The Rams quarterbacks, Jared Goff, John Wolford, and Bryce Perkins have their own offensive coordinator in Kevin O’Connell.
While we have talked at length about the impact of O’Connell on Goff’s game: Not only how he will help Goff read defenses more effectively, but also in the way that the Rams package the offense to be more “Goff friendly”. But while the Rams work to help Goff, the more critical work is after Goff on the depth chart.
The LA Rams did not retain any veteran quarterbacks with the team this year. While you can debate the proper number of backups to carry on the roster in 2020, the fact is that Wolford is the Rams backup quarterback. With no NFL game experience, and partial duty in four 2019 preseason games, how can the Rams be so trusting he can answer the bell? Simple, because they have O’Connell.
The most difficult thing for young quarterbacks in the NFL is processing what they see. But O’Connell is like adding another CPU chip to their brains. He breaks down what they see, aims them at the proper keys, and helps them digest the plays so that they too can be in a position to make a game-winning throw. Wolford has not played in an NFL game, yet. But thanks to the help from offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, he’ll look like a veteran if and when he does.