In mortgaging their future to draft Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, the Rams – the Los Angeles Rams – may have been swayed more by their market than by the skill level of either top quarterback prospect in this year’s draft.
Brandon Tierney believes Los Angeles made a bad move. In fact, he thinks the Rams got “hosed” in their deal with the Titans.
“Well, look, if they draft a quarterback at one and he becomes an above average starter and they get to the playoffs by the time they build that new stadium, it won’t matter a damn thing what I wrote yesterday or what we’re saying now,” CBSSports.com NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “So we don’t know. We just don’t know. We don’t even know for sure what quarterback they’re going to take.”
The Rams have had poor quarterback play for essentially the last decade. Since 2007, they have started Marc Bulger, Gus Frerotte, Brock Berlin, Trent Green, Kyle Boller, Keith Null, Sam Bradford, A.J. Feeley, Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis, Shaun Hill, Nick Foles and Case Keenum under center.
During that time, the Rams have gone 42-101-1.
That’s pretty bad.
“What we can say with certainty is this is borne over their own desperation,” La Canfora said. “This is a problem that was of their own making in systematically botching that quarterback position over a long series of years, of passing on a lot of kids in the draft and convincing themselves that either Sam Bradford was finally going to stay healthy or that he was the answer, or convincing themselves that they could play with Nick Foles last year and passing on another group of quarterbacks. So this is on them – and it’s not a good look.”
Let’s not forget that the Rams were on the opposite end of a lopsided trade in 2012, when they received a bevy of picks from the Redskins, who drafted Robert Griffin III second overall.
“To have to make a reverse-RG3 trade two years after mocking the Redskins – when was it when (Jeff) Fisher sent all the players he got for RG3 out to be captains?” La Canfora asked. “When was that, two years ago? And now here they are, just as desperate doing the same thing – and they’re actually more desperate. They’re going from 15 to 1. So it’s not a good look, but I get it.”
Rams owner Stan Kroenke maintains he would have done this deal regardless of market, but that’s hard to believe.
“Do I think Stan Kroenke signs off on this if he’s still a disinterested owner who’s trying to get out of St. Louis? No,” La Canfora said. “But being a fully engaged owner who lives in Malibu who knows I’ve got to sell suite licenses, I’ve got to sell (personal seat licenses), and a year from now I got to start sharing this with either the Raiders or the Chargers – oh yeah. And they can talk all they want about (it being) purely (about) football and we would have done this if we were playing in Kalamazoo or wherever. I’m not buying it.”
Many feel the Rams will draft Jared Goff – in part because he is from California and starred at Cal.
“He’s a known commodity,” La Canfora said. “He’s somebody who already would have some degree of familiarity to people in that market. Look, do I think he’s ready to play? Probably not. Certainly you’re going to say he’s faced better competition that Carson Wentz. You’re going to say he’s more ready to play than Carson Wentz. I don’t know that either one is all that pro-ready and both need to sit for a while – and I don’t think it’ll happen for either, in all likelihood. I think they’ll probably end up playing sooner rather than later.”
Interestingly enough, La Canfora isn’t convinced the Browns would take Wentz second overall. If not, that could make for a mighty crazy first round.
“The draft could kind of take its first little turn at Pick 2,” La Canfora said. “If they don’t take Wentz, I don’t know that the Eagles take Wentz. Had the Rams stayed at 15, they might have just been able to take Wentz right there. I could see the Eagles either trading down or going with Ezekiel Elliott, who I hear they love. So you just starting looking and maybe Wentz would have been there at 15.”