The LA Rams quarterback situation is about as low as I have seen it get in some time. Not only are the LA Rams now facing a battered Matthew Stafford who was unable to finish a game that was completely out of hand, but a future with Brett Rypien under center will inspire nobody. Still, we have to wonder what might the Rams situation be if backup quarterback Stetson Bennett was still on the 53-man active Rams roster.
The Rams clearly need strong backup quarterback play. And the Rams preseason weighed far more in favor of rookie quarterback Stetson Bennett over veteran Brett Rypien. Let's revisit their preseason stats:
- Week 1- Stetson Bennett - 17 of 29 for 191 yards, 1 TD, 3 sacks
- Week 2- Stetson Bennett - 15 of 24 for 124 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 0 sacks
- Week 3 - Stetson Bennett - 4 of 9 for 14 yards, 0 TD, 2 INTs, 1 sack
- TOTALS - Stetson Bennett - 36 of 62 for 329 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs, 4 sacks
- Week 1 - Brett Rypien - 3 of 6 for 11 yards, 0 TD, 1 sack
- Week 2 - Brett Rypien - 4 of 4 for 14 yards, 0 TD, 1 sack
- Week 3 - Brett Rypien - 7 of 13 for 67 yards, 0 TD, 1 sack
- TOTALS - Brett Rypien - 14 of 23 for 92 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 3 sacks
The Rams took a shot on Stetson Bennett, and he is still a worthwhile option for the future of the LA Rams under center. But there may be other options as well, as the 2024 NFL Draft is looking more and more like there will be a half dozen or so quarterback prospects who can start on Day 1 for an NFL team in 2024.
Stetson Bennett would benefit from playing time right now
That does not rule out Stetson Bennett folks. If he can return and get back into the Rams offense, he can load up on valuable NFL experience. We know that in eight games, Matthew Stafford has suffered a hip pointer, a blow to the head that warranted being examined as per the NFL concussion protocol, and at least two blows to the thumb on his throwing hand.
The Rams may need to think very hard about sitting Stafford if the Rams are no longer competitive enough to win games. That keeps him healthy, and avoids the senseless injuries like the second blow to his thumb that apparently ended his day early in Dallas.
We know that the Rams wanted Stetson Bennett to be their primary backup quarterback this season. While Brett Rypien may be good enough to run the Rams scouting team, he did not show much in the preseason until Bennett imploded in the final preseason game against the Denver Broncos.
The future of the LA Rams quarterback position is very uncertain right now. But matters would be much better off if Stetson Bennett was back in action.
O Stetson Bennett, Where Art Thou? While some things are far more important than football, right now football could be very important too. And the LA Rams have a window of opportunity for a young rookie quarterback that could result in the beginning of a solid NFL career.
Stay tuned. . .