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Random Ramsdom, 9/8: Mannion Ready if Needed, It’s Not Goff’s Fault, and Game-by-Game Predictions

Is it Jared Goff’s fault he’s not active for Week 1 against the 49ers? Is it a conscious decision by Fisher and Snead to set themselves up for an extension?

NFL: Preseason-Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mannion Will Open Season as QB, and He’s Ready If Needed | L.A. Times

Sean Mannion might one day be known as the quarterback who forced Jared Goff to the inactive list. For one game at least.

Rams Make The Right Call on Goff | CBS Sports

There are a few different ways to look at the fact that No. 1 pick Jared Goff will spend his first NFL game as an inactive observer. It's less than ideal and not what was expected, but on a certain level Jason La Canfora applauds the decision.

Goff Suffering From Poor Management, Uncomfortable Situation | Sporting News

In the NFL, honesty with the media isn't always the best policy. Jared Goff is quickly learning that because the Los Angeles Rams forgot.

They’re Back in L.A., But Can They Contend | L.A. Daily News

At some point, the Rams understand, the narrative must change. Billboards and slick videos touting their homecoming to Los Angeles will carry the franchise only so far. Probably only to the first losing streak.

How Fisher Made Sense Out of Nickel Role to Joyner | ESPN

The "Hard Knocks" finale opened with Lamarcus Joyner missing. The Los Angeles Rams couldn't locate their third-year cornerback, until he showed up in the middle of a walk-through with a T-shirt, shorts and a backpack. Joyner was distraught over his belief that he was not a starter and was ready to quit.

Brutality of NFL Cutdowns On Full Display with Rams | O.C. Register

Tanks for the memories, Eric Kush. Great little daughter you have there, Austin Hill. Now you’ve got more time to play. As much as we respect the heck out of your uncle, you just need to get stronger, Ian Seau. Stay in touch. And stay strong.

QB Index: Who Will Have the Best Year? |

Where does Rams’ QB Case Keenum stickup in the eyes of NFL Network’s Gregg Rosenthal? Why, all the way at the bottom, of course!

Top 20 Rookies to Watch in 2016 |

Daniel Jeremiah highlights 20 of the league’s top rookies to keep your eye on this season. The problem, specifically for this website, is that none of them are Rams.

32 Teams, 32 Villains You Love to Loathe | CBS Sports

Sports-talk radio hosts let loose on Public Enemy No. 1 for each NFL fan base

32 Teams, 267 Games, and One Super Bowl Champ | CBS Sports

Pete Prisco predicts each game of the 2016 season, to include the playoffs and the Super Bowl. How do the Rams finish the year? (HINT: Not in the Super Bowl)

2016 NFL Predictions (Updated After Every Game) | Five Thirty Eight

This forecast is based on 100,000 simulations of the season and updates after every game. Our model uses Elo ratings (a measure of strength based on head-to-head results and quality of opponent) to calculate teams’ chances of winning their regular-season games and advancing to and through the playoffs.