The ongoing feud LA Rams QB Stetson Bennett is waging that nobody is talking about

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout Stetson Bennett
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Have you ever had to stand hopelessly by in the face of two friends openly and heatedly arguing, and thought to yourself that you hope that neither pal pulls you in to take sides? Whether or not the dispute is indeed valid, you simply have too much love and loyalty to jump in and join a fight that leads to nowhere, gets you nothing, and you really have no reason to weigh in on. That is where the LA Rams and many Rams fans find themselves today.

The reason? LA Rams rookie quarterback Stetson Bennett is none-too-pleased with Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy, a venerable NFL scout. If you hadn't been following along, Jim Nagy is someone who has helped propel the careers of many NFL hopefuls through their performance and his endorsement from the annual Senior Bowl. And the LA Rams have had success in drafting Senior Bowl prospects who performed well.

The LA Rams love to grab those players who perform well at those equitable collegiate competitions that face off the best draft prospects to duke it out on the field. That includes the annual Hula Bowl, the East-West Shrine Bowl, and the Senior Bowl. Still, participation is optional And the reason so many do choose to participate for college football players is to have one more opportunity to showcase their play to impress NFL scouts and hopefully raise their draft stock

Thanks, but no thanks

But not all players accept invitations. And that could be a problem for the collegiate bowls that depend on voluntary participation.

The challenge is understanding and accepting the reasons why players decline the opportunity. Was it health? Was it a matter of a scheduling conflict? Or was it a matter of hubris, a matter of such self-confidence that it really doesn't matter to the player whether or not they compete in any collegiate bowl designed to showcase NFL rookies? The confident players often already believe that they have what it takes to succeed in the NFL.

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There is a fine line that defines success in the NFL, or perhaps it is better described as a band that covers a bit of self-confidence, all of hubris, and even a bit of arrogance. After all, one of the keys to success as an NFL quarterback is the ability to shake off mistakes and come right back to make a heroic play. Clearly, Stetson Bennett has that level of confidence, as we will soon find out.