Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Morning Ram-blings: Missin' on Griffin?
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Before deciding to add Austin Davis and Brady Quinn to fill out the quarterback spot on the depth chart, the St. Louis Rams targeted a different and more intriguing option in New Orleans' Ryan Griffin, according to a report at Yahoo! Sports.
As a member of the Saints practice squad, Griffin had the option to leave for a job on the active roster in St. Louis, but when the Rams expressed interest, New Orleans offered him the same opportunity. Because Griffin is on the practice squad, he actually had the option to choose between going to the Saints' active roster or making the move to the Rams.
In the end, Griffin opted to stay in New Orleans with the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent back in April. Griffin's decision probably wasn't an easy one, all things considered. He played his college ball at Tulane where he ran an offense similar in design to the Saints. He also had success with the Saints in the preseason, throwing for 380 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. New Orleans figures to give Griffin a better chance to win this season and the chance to continue learning behind starter Drew Brees.
On the flip side, Griffin is stuck behind Brees and Luke McCown and could have had a far greater opportunity in St. Louis. While the Rams are committed to giving the starting opportunity to Kellen Clemens right now, they did have an opening for the No. 2 job and it's safe to say Clemens' status is more precarious than Brees'. It's possible Griffin could have found his way onto the field in St. Louis at some point this season and unlikely he will in New Orleans barring some major injury issues.
For the Rams, missing out on Griffin is a bit of a shame. The team didn't have any young, developmental type quarterbacks on the roster before deciding to bring Davis back on Tuesday. They had high hopes in 2012 that Davis would be the same type of intriguing prospect Griffin now is but his struggles in the preseason and camp didn't even earn him a spot on the practice squad.
Whether or not Griffin amounts to a successful quarterback in the NFL remains to be seen but adding a quarterback with some upside and a potential future backup or better would have been a wise step for a Rams team without a quarterback fitting that profile.
Our daily roundup of Rams' stories appearing here on ESPN.com: We kicked off the coverage with our weekly eye on the draft feature, with a look at where the Rams and Redskins would stand if the NFL draft were today. ... Next the weekly look at the Rams' ESPN.com Power Ranking as they slipped eight spots to No. 27. ... The news broke soon after that the Rams are adding quarterbacks Austin Davis and Brady Quinn to the roster with some quick analysis of the moves. ... Finally, we capped off the day with a little film study of the offense and defense from Sunday's game against Carolina.
At stltoday.com, columnist Bryan Burwell writes that the Rams can't afford to get caught short-handed at quarterback anymore.
In the same space, Rams writer Jim Thomas discusses how the Rams are trying to move forward without Bradford.
Thomas also answered questions from fans in his weekly chat.
At KSDK sports, Howard Balzer writes that the officials' performance in the Rams-Panthers game should be reviewed.
CBSSeattle writes that without the services of Sam Bradford, the Rams will be "easy pickings" for the Seahawks on Monday night.