Ed "Pi Double i Henderson"
Three weeks ago, the Los Angeles Rams Hall of Fame running back and all-time great Eric Dickerson appeared on “The Herd Live.” On the show, the Hall of Famer expressed why Jared Goff didn’t have a chance to win as a quarterback last season. He identified the issues that the offense wasn’t good, that it looked like a high school offense, the line wasn’t good, the offensive scheme was good, but the offensive coordinator wasn’t.
Dickerson continued and pointed out that this season the Rams have to give Goff a shot but, his guy that he would start would be backup quarterback Sean Mannion. Below is Dickerson’s quotes on the subject:
"My guy that I would start the season with would be Sean Mannion. I've been saying that since last year. Give him a shot."
He continued to say, "It's all about winning football games. You have a better chance of winning with Sean Mannion."
"I gave [Goff] a flat-out “D”. He just didn't perform well in the preseason. I am just being honest. You might not like it. I don't care if it comes from me. I just think it's true."
"He didn't look prepared. And I think he tried to prepare. It's just fast. It moves faster. He didn't do a lot under center in college, and here in the pros, the defenses move a lot more. I just don't think he's ready to play. That's not my call. It's just my opinion. You can't put him out there. You don't want to damage him."
Journalists throughout the sports media world were critical to Dickerson and his opinions. One journalist hinted that Dickerson had no clue on coaching and should stick to what he does best, an NFL Analyst.
However, the criticism didn't stop there, as the social media waves swirled with the negativity of Dickerson; as a result, he became the social media piñata to negative posting. There was one reader that ripped into Dickerson with these comments:
Dickerson was never bright, but now that they let him think he got the coach fired, he is going to run off at the mouth every chance he gets. Remember this is the guy who would have crushed the all-time rushing record if he had stayed with the Rams back in the day. Instead, he took a contract negotiation to the ridiculous level and demanded a trade. That cost him Millions in endorsements deals alone. Move on Eric; you were an idiot than an idiot now.
In my opinion, from the disturbance from that reader, his second statement pretty much supports why Dickerson demanded the trade. Dickerson set an all-time rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards with 18 touchdowns in 1983. The very next season Dickerson eclipsed the all-time single-season rushing record, which stills stands today for 2,105 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns that season. To include more to Dickerson success, he led the league three out of the first four seasons he played with the Rams.
Dickerson early success with the Rams, apparently he was being underpaid in my opinion. The Rams were paying him $682,000 that season, and the organization tried to low ball him with a deal of $975,000. Can you blame him for wanting to be paid for service that he was providing, packing the stands every home game? Journalists throughout the sports media world were critical to Dickerson and his opinions. One journalist hinted that Dickerson had no clue on coaching and should stick to what he does best, an NFL Analyst.
Dickerson did what was in the best interest of him and family interest, when the owner at the time Georgia Frontiere, was controlling the finances. To this day, many would admit throughout the Rams organization as well as the league that Frontiere made a circus out of the negotiations with Dickerson's contract.
Dickerson's and his agent were negotiating a contract similar to the deal that Marcus Allen signed with the Los Angeles Raiders, a four-year $3.7 million contract. They were seeking a "good-faith" negotiation while he played under his rookie contract that he signed in 1983, $2.2 million for four years.
In my opinion, I believe it's much safer for fans or readers that have not ever played this game, or any other organized sports refrain from posting negative comments of Dickerson. Unknown to the reader, obviously failed to include that Dickerson was too much of an idiot when he agreed to return to the Rams when he first held out, and the Rams agreed to cover him under a $4-million disability insurance policy for the 1985 football season. Nor, that it was Dickerson who made it public that he was being fined $1,000 a day for holding out, and he intended to pay the fine for reporting late in "good faith." e.
In what was in the best interest of Dickerson and his family, as the owner at the time Georgia Frontiere, was controlling the finances, he consummated the trade. To this day, many would admit throughout the Rams organization, and throughout the league that Frontiere made a circus out of the negotiations with Dickerson.
The Rams have something internally now with their young all-pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Negotiations while playing under your rookie contract, who holds all the cards, this is similar practice with Dickerson some 30 years ago.ons while playing under your rookie contract, who contains all the cards, this is same practice with Dickerson some 30 years ago.
Getting back on track with Dickerson opinion of Sean Mannion, the news surfaced quickly as Alden Gonzalez, ESPN writer covering the Rams, asked Sean Mannion did he hear that Eric Dickerson lobbied that he should be the starting quarterback? Mannion was humbled and answered:
Currently sitting at number two on the depth chart and following him is veteran quarterback Dan Orlovsky. Head Coach Sean McVay would play starting quarterback Jared Goff, for technically two series, after the Rams scored against the Dallas Cowboys, Mannion would substitute into the game.
Second consecutive season, Mannion would play solid against the Cowboys and earn a pre-season opening win. Pro Football Focus rated Mannion as the quarterback with the highest passing rating last weekend as seen above of the article. He remained poised even after taking a huge sack which almost resulted in a safety. Many will question or use the term that this is pre-season, doesn't make a difference in my opinion, there are 22 professional athletes on the field playing under a professional contract.
Mannion statistics ended as he was 18-25 for 144 yards, completing passes to 12 different receivers, and also rushed the ball twice for eights yards. Another solid pre-season performance engineering a Rams victory, but what was more impressive of him, was how he stood tall in the pocket unfazed of the Cowboys defense, and continue to move the ball collecting 11 of 12 first downs. However, the bright side of Mannion leadership on the field, the Rams were able to control clock five minutes greater than the Cowboys.
Eric Dickerson quotes from over the years, reflects on his knowledge of the game, other than how he's perceived. Obviously, he has a great knack for talent for the game or Mannion's performance was from a cloned player. Many may call it luck, I'll say it's just wisdom from NFL Hall of Fame great.
"Them sportswriters don't even know how to put uniforms on, most of 'em"
Call him an idiot or any other negative name or opinion; however, he may help solve this situation with this current player who is holding out from camp.RSS Feed
Jared Goff is the future of this organization, and if that's honestly the case, Sean Mannion is dealt before this pre-season is over. He's played well when given the opportunity and time, but rule out that he may be kept in Los Angeles, start and dealt later. Mannion comes with some value, how much, his continuance performance will dictate that answer.