Baker Mayfield’s arrival is one other ‘unprecedented’ chapter within the Rams’ season

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — As Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay was answering questions on quarterback Baker Mayfield on Wednesday afternoon, he paused to do the mathematics.

“It’s 12 o’clock right now,” McVay mentioned. “Literally he just got here about 14 hours ago, when we ended up starting to meet with him.”

As McVay mentioned whether or not Mayfield might play in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday evening, two days after the Rams claimed him off waivers, he mentioned he thought Mayfield could be “capable of it if we ask,” however that “it would be unprecedented.”

The reality is, a lot of this season has been “unprecedented” for the defending Tremendous Bowl champions.

The Rams have handled accidents to a number of place teams together with quarterback. Matthew Stafford is out due to a spinal twine contusion and never anticipated again this season. Backup John Wolford can also be on the harm report with a neck harm. The Rams’ 3-9 file is the worst 12-game begin by any staff coming a Tremendous Bowl victory. Los Angeles turns to Mayfield within the hopes it could actually salvage one thing — whether or not it is Thursday evening (8:15 p.m. ET, Prime Video) or for the ultimate 4 video games.

The Rams haven’t formally been eradicated from playoff rivalry, however in accordance with ESPN Stats & Info, they’ve a 0.0% likelihood to make the postseason. Now, Los Angeles can basically use the remainder of the season to guage for 2023 and past.

One of many causes the Rams introduced in Mayfield, offensive coordinator Liam Coen mentioned, was not solely to guage him of their offense, but in addition to assist consider the remainder of the offense for the Rams, a unit with out large receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson.

Mayfield is coming off seven video games with the Carolina Panthers, the place he had a complete QBR of 18.2, the worst within the NFL this season amongst certified quarterbacks and the second worst ever amongst 521 certified passers since monitoring of the stat started in 2006, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Info analysis.

Nonetheless, McVay mentioned he thinks the Rams will have the ability to accomplish their analysis, as a result of it will not be unique to what occurs on the sphere throughout video games.

“It’s the weekly rhythm, it’s the daily rhythm, how you practice, how you meet and then how you put yourself in a position to play well in that window of time,” McVay mentioned. “Then just some of the abilities that he has gives you an opportunity to be able to see some different things relative to the skill positions, and maybe open up certain portions of your playbook.”

McVay would not commit as to whether Mayfield could possibly be with in Los Angeles long run. “We feel good about our room and the quarterback that we have for the future of the Los Angeles Rams, which is Matthew Stafford,” Coen mentioned. “But, [we] feel obviously pretty good about somebody to come in here and compete at a high level for us.”

The Rams have two backup quarterbacks on the roster proper now — Wolford and Bryce Perkins — however neither has received a recreation since taking on for Stafford. Wolford, who has been with the Rams since 2019, might be a free agent after this season.

If Mayfield is prepared to again up Stafford subsequent season, this trial interval might result in filling an essential want for Los Angeles going ahead.

McVay mentioned the Rams weren’t actively trying so as to add to their quarterback room, however “when you have a player of his caliber come available and you look at just the circumstances in the situation surrounding our quarterback room, we felt like it was the right move for us.”

“I’ve always respected his game [and] liked a lot of things that he brings to the table,” McVay added. “… [He’s an] incredibly sharp guy. It was good to be able to be around him, but really, we felt like it upgraded our quarterback room. It gives us a chance to have him in the building, and we’ll see how it goes.”