The LA Rams are heading into their Week 10 BYE with a 3-6 record after losing to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 20-3. The most frustrating about the loss was the quarterback play of Brett Rypien. Rypien was promoted to starter because veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford was out with a UCL sprain in the thumb of his throwing hand. Unfortunately, due to the fact backup rookie quarterback Stetson Bennett has been on IR/NFI, that meant then-backup QB Brett Rypien would run the offense.
Rams fans have been asking for better quarterback options since the offseason. After half the season had passed, fans finally were heard. The LA Rams and veteran quarterback Carson Wentz have agreed to terms on a contract for the remainder of the season. Even though HC Sean McVay and the Rams believe Stafford will be back for their week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks, it's nice to know there is a QB behind with a history of success in this league and who could be competent.
Rams should keep Wentz as the backup QB for years to come
The LA Rams have had a problem with the backup QB position for years. Last season, when Stafford went down for the season, both QB Bryce Perkins and QB John Wolford stepped in, and they had little success as an offense. At least until they picked up tarnished veteran quarterback Baker Mayfield, and he played so well that he signed on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their successor to quarterback Tom Brady. Many fans wanted the Rams to keep Baker as the backup. Unfortunately, Mayfield wanted to start, and the Rams did not have that type of role to offer him. In the end, a suitable slot for Mayfield on the Rams roster in 2023 wouldn't be an option.
The Rams signing Carson Wentz has many of the same qualities as that Baker Mayfield signing in 2022. Carson Wentz has had significant success in this league and can be plugged into games if needed. But his reputation has diminished over several one-and-done stints with the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Commanders of late.
Even after the signing, many Rams fans are crossing their fingers, hoping he doesn't play because that'll mean Stafford stayed healthy for the remainder of the season. But in the future, in the next couple of years, they need someone they can rely on behind Stafford, and I believe Wentz is that guy.
Of course, the Rams will need to extend Wentz past 2023. Will that happen?
Wentz won't have options starting for the team next year like Mayfield did, so this is a perfect opportunity to keep Wentz as the backup long-term. Stafford still has at least two years left at a high level, so I don't see them picking a QB in the upcoming draft, at least in the first round. With the cap space, draft picks, and still having guys like WR Cooper Kupp and DT Aaron Donald, they will go for again next year, and they need a guy like Wentz backing up Stafford just in case a situation like this happens again.