How Rams converted QB depth from weakness to strength

The Rams have struggled with quarterback depth in the past. But it appears to be a strong suit in 2024. Here's how they accomplished that
Los Angeles Rams Minicamp, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp, Matthew Stafford, Stetson Bennett
Los Angeles Rams Minicamp, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp, Matthew Stafford, Stetson Bennett / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/GettyImages
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If you pause and ponder the state of the LA Rams quarterback situation has been since the team won Super Bowl LVI, you can find plenty of reasons why this team has struggled to find success over the past two seasons. This has been a team that has depended almost entirely upon the health and durability of the starting quarterback. If and what that fails, so too does this team.

Of course, that did allow the team to divert compensation for the quarterback position from the backup(s) role and line the pockets of the team's starting quarterback. As long as either Jared Goff or Matthew Stafford was healthy enough to suit up and play, it was an excellent strategy.

But it proved to be less ideal in 2022 and 2023.

As a result, the front office has been forced to scramble in search of a veteran quarterback to come onboard the roster mid-season, and somehow learn the offensive playbook and work with his teammates quick enough to offer some form of proficiency to run the offense almost instantly. While the team was able to find, sign, and coach up veteran quarterback Baker Mayfield in 2022, and quarterback Carson Wentz in 2023, that situation was not ideal either.

For starters, placing hopes into the basket of 'when you need them, they will come . . . " seems more like a Hollywood script for the sequel to Field of Dreams than a strategy to build an NFL roster upon. And the Rams were lucky in that Baker Mayfield proved to be a quick understudy in 2022, while the Rams had nearly two months to get Carson Wentz up to snuff in 2023.