Rams’ Jared Goff, Todd Gurley among key players sitting out Sunday
Ahead of their Week 17 contest against the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Rams (11-4) have already sealed either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the NFC playoff picture no matter what.
With the NFC West division clinched, Rams head coach Sean McVay announced that he plans to rest quarterback Jared Goff, MVP candidate in running back Todd Gurley, star defensive tackle Aaron Donald, three-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, center John Sullivan and others.
Via an article written by Rich Hammond of Southern California News Group:
“You don’t ever take anything for granted,” coach McVay said earlier. “But knowing that you do have a home playoff game, regardless of how things play out, this might provide an opportunity for us to get some guys healthy. That’s a luxury we want to try to take advantage of.”
Goff, who plans to dress as the backup quarterback so Sean Mannion can get some reps on Sunday, was perfectly happy with getting some rest before the playoffs start.
“I agree with the decision on our coaching staff’s part to get some guys rest and get some guys healthy,” Goff said. “Yeah, I think it’s good to get myself back to feeling really good and feeling fresh.”
McVay wants to rest some of his starters on Sunday with them guaranteed a home game the following week. If they win, the Rams will immediately hit the road to play the Philadelphia Eagles or Minnesota Vikings.
“There are four potential teams we could play,” McVay said. “All of them are very, very good football teams, and however it plays out, you’re going to be on the road the following week (if the Rams win). When you think about the risk-reward, we feel like that’s probably going to be the best decision, to rest some guys.”
In his first season as the Rams head coach at just 31-years old, McVay will be the youngest head coach in NFL history to make the playoffs.