The Rams may want to make a splash in Los Angeles, but that’s not why they traded up to the first overall pick in the draft.
That’s the word from Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who says the team made a decision based entirely on getting better on the field, not on selling tickets or building buzz around a new franchise quarterback. Kroenke says Rams coach Jeff Fisher and General Manager Les Snead made the call, and they have a track record that makes Kroenke think they know what they’re doing.
“The only reason we did it was purely football,” Kroenke said on NFL Network. “That sort of comes from the top. I’ve been around this business too long. You don’t win football games in the fall by headlines in the spring. Jeff and Les have done a great job in each of the last two years, they’ve drafted a rookie of the year — defensive rookie of the year out of the 13th spot, offensive rookie of the year out of the 10th spot. This year we’ve got the first pick. We gave up some assets, but they believe the value is there, so here we are.”
If Jared Goff or Carson Wentz becomes an All-Pro quarterback in Los Angeles, the Rams will have made a wise football decision. But if this trade up doesn’t produce a good starting quarterback in Los Angeles, Kroenke may decide it’s time for someone else to make the football decisions.