No word on LA Rams QB John Wolford should be puzzling, but it’s not

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The proof is in the pudding

Of course, that all began to change ever so slowly as the Rams offense started to involve Wolford in games. His first performance, and perhaps his best, was to start in relief of Goff in the 2020 NFL season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams won that game by the score of 18-7, with the LA Rams only touchdown coming off a pick-six by defensive back Troy Hill.

For Wolford, a win is a win. He rushed, or more accurately scrambled, six times for 56 yards and four first downs. As a passer, he completed 22 of 38 passes for 231 yards, no touchdowns, was sacked twice, and threw one interception. But it was merely his first NFL game. It was his first and only 73 offensive snaps of his NFL career. With more experience, he would settle down, right?

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Wildcard worries about Wolford

In the Wildcard Round of the NFL Playoffs, he started the first 15 offensive snaps in that game. Like the previous game, he struggled a bit at passing, completing just three of six passes for 29 yards, and was sacked once. He rushed once for two yards in that game as well. In his 15th play of the game, John Wolford was hit hard in the helmet by the shoulder of Seattle Seahawks DB Jamal Adams. That hit placed Wolford into the NFL concussion protocol, and he would not return to the field for the rest of the playoffs.

It was a brief but inconclusive run for Wolford. He played and started in two games that resulted in victories for the Rams. Unfortunately, peeling back the details of the games was not as promising as the outcome.  Digging a bit deeper reveals that Wolford was only on target for 67.6 percent of his passes. A full third of footballs leaving his hand were uncatchable balls. In contrast, 78.5 percent of Jared Goff’s passes were on target.  Still, that was on from one regular-season game. More experience would fix that, right?