COSTA MESA — Here’s all you need to know this season about the respective entertainment potential of our two NFL teams:
The Chargers’ reactions figure to be more fun to watch than the Rams’ actions.
That, at least, goes for the offenses, where the difference between these teams likely will be no more obvious than Philip Rivers’ occasionally volcanic on-field retorts.
“He loves going out there and beating a blitz right in the teeth, throwing it hot, like a 3-yard throw but it goes for 45 yards,” offensive lineman Matt Slauson said of the Chargers quarterback. “That just juices him up. Then he looks over at the other side, at their defensive coordinator, and he’s just jawing at him. He makes it so much fun.”
Fun is not a word anyone would use to describe the Rams’ offense, unless they think it’s fun watching 11 men stuck as one on a treadmill that’s broken.
The Rams have had a two-season hold on being the NFL’s worst team with the ball, both statistically and aesthetically, this group capable of losing 2 yards during the national anthem.
With their training camps this summer separated by barely five miles, the Chargers and Rams today will be in even closer proximity, the “Fight for L.A.” coming together in Carson, at the StubHub Center.
The teams will share a field for practice, though their offenses will arrive there from seemingly different planets.
When in possession, the Chargers can deliver a KO. The Rams, conversely, would be much improved in 2017 by simply being OK.
“We want to score as many points as we can score and score a lot of them,” Rivers said. “We’ve done that over the years in the last decade, and we expect to do it this year.”
Like always in this sport, offense starts with the quarterback, where Rivers is experienced, accomplished and revered, all the things Jared Goff might be one day but isn’t today.
When Rivers reported for his first NFL training camp in 2004, Goff was 9 years old. Comparing them now seems just as starkly comical.
Goff has thrown for 1,089 yards all-time. Rivers has thrown for 26 miles, a fitting total for a nonstop marathon man who has started every Chargers game since 2006.
Rivers has 97 regular-season NFL victories. Goff is 0-7 as a starter, his most recent win coming over Air Force in the 2015 Armed Forces Bowl.
Goff has five career touchdown passes. Rivers had five touchdown passes last season after Week 2.
“We have all the potential that we need,” Slauson said….