Louis Riddick is one of my favorite NFL analysts.
He’s a former NFL player and front-office person. He’s sharp, he doesn’t play favorites, he’s fair and he is, almost always, on the money in his analysis. So, when Riddick talks, I listen.
This week, he had a fascinating notion.
“Sean McVay/Cam Newton I think would be a perfect fit theoretically and philosophically.”— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) April 30, 2020
-@LRiddickESPN on why the Rams would be a good fit on paper for Cam Newton even though it’s not an obvious starting job. pic.twitter.com/geeanVkmz9
It’s interesting, right? You can’t deny McVay wouldn’t be intrigued by working with the former NFL MVP.
But, in the end, I’m not sure, how great of an idea it would be.
First, I’m not sure it would be great for Jared Goff. I think he is the type of player who will be better without any pressure from a backup. I think it would keep him more relaxed and would perform better without looking over his shoulder.
The Rams are married to Goff. They need to do what’s best for him.
Also, there is the matter of fitting in Newton under the salary cap. As our Kenny Arthur pointed out this week, the Rams don’t have much salary-cap room remaining – at all.
Unless Newton takes a way below-market deal like Jameis Winston did in New Orleans this week, a Rams’ marriage may be tough.
While Riddick’s idea makes some sense, there are some obstacles to this pairing as well.