We know that John Wolford did not get any work through the preseason. But when the Rams jumped out to a tremendous lead of 38-3 against the New York Giants with a full quarter of football to play, head coach Sean McVay ended Matthew Stafford’s afternoon. That meant that he had the opportunity to put backup quarterback John Wolford on the football field and get some badly needed plays to shake off his rust.
But more than rust was shaken, as he had less than a bad game. He threw two passes, one for an interception, while the other ended up falling harmlessly onto the football field. He rushed twice for a one-yard loss. And that all happened over the course of 10 offensive snaps. For the rest of the time? He was asked to just hand off the football.
That was against the New York Giants defense. They are not exactly powerhouses this season.
But performance aside, Wolford took a pretty rough hit on one play where I was surprised that he could get up from. And that is the heart of concern over him. So far, over the course of two seasons, he has thrown 40 passes, completed 22, and thrown 0 touchdowns and two interceptions. He has suffered one concussion that benched him the following week. In Week 6, he injured his neck, but he would be able to go if the Rams needed him to do so.
He’s played six quarters of NFL football, thrown no touchdowns, two interceptions, and suffered two injuries. Yes, according to the current report, Wolford could go if needed. No, the sky is not falling for the LA Rams.
But seriously? It was ten offensive plays and he suffered a neck injury. While that may not require the Rams to take immediate action, it’s such an obvious warning of problems to come that the team needs to get an action plan into place. The LA Rams backup QB situation could be a long-term problem, so it’s time that the team starts working on a long-term solution. And there really is no time like the present.