Former Rams legend Eric Dickerson believes Los Angeles should go with a different Pac-12 quarterback under center this season over a former No. 1 overall pick.
Dickerson stirred the pot in 2016 with his comments about how then-coach Jeff Fisher should be fired, which led to the Hall of Fame selection’s banishment from the team’s sidelines during games. Now, it appears Jared Goff is the next target receiving his criticism.
“For me, my guy that I would start the season with is Sean Mannion,” Dickerson said Friday on The Herd. “I’ve been saying that since last year. Give him a shot. You drafted him. He was great at — where’d he go to school? — Oregon State, playing in a pro-style offense. He’s a big guy, got a great arm.”
Dickerson later added: “Look when you win, that [Fisher] situation would have never been there. I think you had a better chance of winning with Sean Mannion. I think even this year they start with Sean Mannion.”
Goff had a disappointing rookie campaign, but Mannion also failed to generate excitement in his limited playing time. The 2015 third-round pick completed 3 of 6 throws for 19 yards with an interception during his only game action last season against the Cardinals.
While Dickerson was correct about Fisher, it would not make sense for the Rams to start Mannion after hiring Sean McVay to run an offense that displays Goff’s strengths.
In addition, Los Angeles should be figuring out what it has in the former Cal standout as early as possible. If Goff progresses, he’s the quarterback of the future. If Goff stagnates, it may be wise to cut bait early, especially if the two star collegiate quarterbacks residing in the City of Angels declare for next year’s draft.
Tabbing Mannion as the starting QB is the type of move that would continue a disappointing pattern since the team’s last winning season in 2003.