Don't overlook this under-the-radar hire to the Rams coaching staff

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, Stetson Bennett, Brett Rypien, Matthew Stafford
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He made Patriots into premier QB store in 2017

Schuplinski may not be a recognizable household name for Rams fans, but he has certainly been one of the most accomplished and respected coaches in the NFL. He worked with New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, helping the young quarterback to improve both his accuracy and his ability to read his progressions in 2020 and in 2021.

He aided veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick have an incredible season for the Miam Dolphins in 2019. But his best quarterback efforts came with his long-standing relationship and work as Assistant Quarterback Coach with the New England Patriots, and his ability to work with QB Tom Brady.

As assistant QB coach, he helped to prepare backup QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in 2016, Ultimately, Jacoby Brissett was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in September 2017 and traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers in October 2017. The option to trade either 2016 backup quarterback the following season was only possible because both young hurlers made the most of their opportunities in the pocket when given the chance.

Brissett was a respectable 34 of 55 (61.8 completion rate) for 400 yards, 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in his three games for the Patriots in 2016, including completing a pass of 58 yards. Garoppolo was even better, completing 43 of 63 passes (68.3 completion percentage) for 502 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions in six games for the Patriots..

That is pretty impressive stuff for quarterbacks who sat on the depth chart behind veteran QB Tom Brady. Perhaps more impressively, they were both young quarterbacks who had little game experience up to that point. The credit for preparing them to play primarily falls on Coach Schuplinski.