3. Los Angeles Rams
Only a season and a half removed from a Super Bowl title, the Los Angeles Rams are trending in the wrong direction. They limped to a 5-12 record last season and missed the playoffs, the most losses by a defending Super Bowl champion. 2023 hasn't fared too much better, as they enter Week 13 just shy of .500 with a 5-6 record.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford's health has not helped the Rams' cause either. Stafford underwent elbow surgery on his throwing arm during the 2022 offseason, and missed nine games last season between concussions and a season-ending spinal cord contusion. This season, Stafford had to leave Los Angeles' Week 8 loss with a thumb injury. He turns 36 in February.
Stafford ranks 22nd in the NFL in passer rating, so he hasn't exactly been lighting it up even when healthy. Regardless, the Rams can't hang their hopes on the veteran QB moving forward.
Sean McVay (if he doesn't decide to cash his check in the broadcasting booth) is the poster child of the new-age NFL head coach/quarterback whisperer. If a coach can get the most out of Jones and rid him of the poor habits that have put his NFL career in jeopardy, McVay is towards the top of that list. McVay's system doesn't necessitate quarterback mobility as some other systems do, so the pocket passer Jones wouldn't be pushed out of his comfort zone either.
The Rams need a viable insurance policy for Stafford, and Jones needs a fresh start and a proven master of the modern offensive game to take him as a protege. This could work out for both sides.