The Seattle Seahawks have certainly had one hell of a stretch playing backup quarterbacks over the past several weeks, and that continues into the playoffs.
As expected, little known (except to Mina Kimes) John Wolford will get the nod for the Los Angeles Rams in today’s wild card playoff game. Jared Goff broke his thumb against the Seahawks two weeks ago and had surgery, but he missed last week’s win against the Arizona Cardinals and didn’t take the majority of snaps in practice this week.
As for the #Rams: QB John Wolford took the majority of snaps this week and is prepared to start vs #Seahawks, sources say. Jared Goff has thrown well despite a broken thumb, and coach Sean McVay hasn’t made a determination. Goff is pushing to play, but it remains a challenge.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2021
Rams head coach Sean McVay told me John Wolford will be the starting quarterback today versus the Seahawks with Jared Goff backing him up just two weeks after Goff had thumb surgery @NFLonFOX #scoopage— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 9, 2021
Both Wolford and Goff are active, while Blake Bortles is not.
Wolford went 22/38 for 231 yards and threw an interception on his first pass against Arizona. He also rushed for 56 yards on six attempts and had three third down conversions with his legs, which seems pretty important because based on combine results and actual playing time he looks to be more mobile than Goff. For the most part this is why I assume some Seahawks fans are a little worried about that particular aspect of his game.
Now with that said, the Rams didn’t actually score an offensive touchdown against the Cardinals so it’s not like he set the world on fire, but he didn’t look incompetent either.
It’ll be a low-scoring game in all likelihood so let’s hope the defense is up to the task and that the offense doesn’t give the ball away.