Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay won't reveal the name of their starting quarterback until kickoff against the Seattle Seahawks. Jared Goff, who was taken at No. 1 in the 2016 NFL draft by the Rams, underwent a thumb surgery last week and missed Sunday's regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.
John Wolford, who went undrafted in the 2018 NFL draft, replaced Goff in the starting lineup and led the Rams to a win over the Cardinals that secured them a playoff place. Wolford put up a good performance against the Cardinals and showed that he's capable of performing at the NFL level.
Goff continues his recovery from the surgery and it remains to be seen if he will be ready for the wild-card game against the Seahawks. "I'm not gonna make an announcement on who is starting and who is not," McVay said, when asked about the starting quarterback, per ESPN.
"I'm not going to answer that question this week."
McVay initially hoped Goff would be ready for the playoffs
"What I probably should have said is there's a possibility that he could be ready to go as early as if we were able to make the playoffs," McVay said.
"Didn't know the totality of what the rehab entailed." Goff's status for the game is questionable but he is making a good progress in his recovery. "He's coming along well," McVay said. "He did just have surgery pretty recently, so I know he's doing everything in his power to get himself ready to go."
Wolford went 22-of-38 for 231 yards, zero touchdowns, one interception and rushed for 56 yards on six yards. "I did like a lot of the things that he did the other day and so that gives you some flexibility with how you handle this week, but feel good about having two guys," McVay said of Wolford.
"How much Jared is able to do this week and how that thing feels will definitely go into how we handle the rest of the week and what it looks like for Saturday." In the end, coach McVay underlined that Goff will be the team's starting quarterback when he recovers.
"Jared is our starting quarterback, and the reality is that he had a thumb surgery," McVay said. "We're monitoring that every single day and that's something that we're taking a day at a time, but the anticipation is that both those guys are getting themselves ready to go."