activity in this nigh madness that is the NFL trade deadline. They traded a 2019 third round pick and a 2020 fifth round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars to secure the services of Dante Fowler. That makes the Rams defensive line , which was already one of the best in the league, even better. It also makes the Rams not only push their chips all in, but take shoes off, dig through couch cushions, pawn the watches, and anything else to add to their all-in plan for 2018. The Rams now have four picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. They have their first, fourth, fifth and sixth round picks. They have Jared Goff on a rookie contract, and given the rate at which rookie deals are increasing, their window to win a Lombardi Trophy is now.Before you go nuts wondering why the San Francisco 49ers didnt make a trade for Fowler, remember, they are 1-7 and thats Dante Fowler. Fowler is not Jimmy Garoppolo and his (Fowlers) contract is up at the end of the season. A quarterback and a defensive linemanespecially one like Fowler who comes with question marksare two completely different scenarios with that contract status. The Rams now will have to dig into the bank once again to pay Fowler some money if they want to keep him around, while bracing for the future huge contract Jared Goff will command. If they decide not to pay Fowler (and given Fowlers background and slightly disappointing play thus far, they might) they just gave up two more draft picks to win a Super Bowl in 2018. If the 49ers wanted Fowler they probably could make a play for him in free agency, but he might not be worth it. Hell be a nice commodity, but he also comes with some off-field issues and not living up to the third overall pick of the 2015 draft. The Rams want some more insurance with that defensive line to get their Super Bowl win. The 49ers want to get out of 2018 while mitigating further disaster. If the Rams hold onto Fowler, its more salary cap money that is sapped away and its two less draft picks for when those cap hits catch up with them. If the Rams dont win a Super Bowl this year, they just burned more of their future for a guy who might not be around 10 or so games from now.C.J. Beathard talks offensive understanding, toughness, Chargers defense Whats the first step for you when you come in and take a look at the game plan?Just trying to get it. Obviously, its early in the week so the more the week goes by the more comfortable everyone will be with it. Todays the first day getting the game plan. We havent even gone out and practiced it yet. But Womens Mike Person Jersey , just trying to get it down better and better each and every day. Does your routine change? Have you carried over anything from what QB Jimmy Garoppolos done to change your routine up this year as opposed to last year?As opposed to when I was playing last year? Youve got to prepare, as the backup guy, as if you are the starter. So, Im doing a lot of the same things except I am meeting with [head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] and our quarterbacks coach a little bit more just to go over little things here and there after practice, before practice, just stuff like that to make sure were all on the same page. The other day you mentioned after the game you felt like the experience you got last year would make it a little easier this year, stepping back in. In what ways?Just having that experience. Having gone out there and played in five NFL games, theres nothing you can do to simulate those reps in practice. The only way you can do it is by going out there and actually getting those game-time reps. Just being another year under the system and Kyles offense helps a ton, just the knowledge of the offense, getting through progressions quicker and all of that kind of stuff.He was just saying he thought one of the things is that youd have a better understanding of the whys, of why things are happening. Do you feel like you have a far greater understanding of that stuff?Yeah, definitely. Its year two for me in this offense. With any extra time doing something, the better you get at it. I definitely understand more of the whys. Why certain things happen, why this guy we think will be open, why we attack certain things versus certain coverages and stuff like that. Its kind of a clich茅 about the backup quarterback always being ready, but can you describe what the mentality is every week when you never know when your day might come?People say it, but no one really believes it. You really are one play away and you just never know when that play is going to be. You could play zero an entire season or you could be playing in the third game of the year. You never know. Thats why youve got to make sure youre prepared as much as possible and prepare as if you are the starter, for situations like this. Obviously, you dont want anybody to get hurt, but you have 13 games in front of you to really prove that youre an NFL quarterback. So, you have to look at this as an opportunity , dont you?Yeah, no doubt. Obviously, I think more focus on this team. Theres a lot of people out there doubting us and counting us out. I think everybody in the building is excited and were ready to get rolling and win some games moving forward. Everyone was very impressed with how tough you were last year. I assume you dont want to be able to show how tough you are, to that extent this year. Obviously, a lot went into that, but what can you do to minimize some of that punishment?Just try to get the ball out of my hands quicker. I think weve got a lot better team than we did last year. I really like the group that we have and obviously doing what I can do to get the ball out of my hands quicker and making reads quicker. As a whole team, everyone, the O-Line, receivers, running backs, everyone can add their part to help that. How does that make you feel when you hear so many guys talk up your toughness and then do you turn it around on them and kind of give them some praise as well?Obviously its a good thing to be, as a quarterback in the NFL youve got to be tough and you have to have certain qualities to be able to play in this league. Its awesome to hear my teammates say that about me, but I think this is a real tough team. I think weve got a bunch of tough guys on this team on offense, defense, special teams. Were excited moving forward. Specifically, what did it mean when you heard LB Reuben Foster say that you, aint no roody-poo?Yeah, people asked me about that and I still dont know if I know what that means. I havent seen the entire interview yet, but people were telling me to check it out. Its pretty funny. Have people come up to you and spoken to you and given you that vote of confidence personally or are they just going about the week business as usual?Ive gotten a lot of support from the team, guys saying they believe in me and all this stuff, which is great. But Authentic Pierre Garcon Jersey , nothing drastically crazy. Its just next man up. Thats kind of what our mentality is like. Throughout a season, a lot of guys are going to get hurt whether its quarterback, whether its any position on the field. Youve just got to have that mentality, next man up and youve got to believe in that teammate no matter what the position is. Kyle said that Jimmy has been around. Whats it been like to be able to speak to him this week as you prepare for your first start?Oh, its been great having him around, being able to talk to him and ask him about certain things. Just having his presence in the facility, being supportive of us and the team, its great. Obviously, my thoughts and prayers are with him going forward and hopefully he can recover and get back as quickly as possible. Is he like another coach now for you?Yeah, I guess you could look at it that way. In what ways do you think Kyle has helped you improve as a quarterback the most?I think just the knowledge of how football works, how certain plays scheme up against certain defenses the best. I think Kyles the best at that, at drawing up plays versus certain looks and coverages that work the best and why they work and how to expect and anticipate certain things. In Minnesota and then the two touchdowns last week against Kansas City there were a lot of open receivers running deep. How much confidence do you have just in him to put you in a position to succeed?Ive got all the confidence in the world in Kyle and my team. I think it starts with coaches and then obviously the players have to go out there and execute. Ive got confidence in every last person in this building. A year ago, last season, when Kyle informed you that he was going to go with Jimmy, what did that do to you? How did that sit with you?I dont know, thats so far in the past, its hard to look back to that. But, I looked at it as an opportunity to grow and learn and get better and just be the best backup that I could be all the way up to this point. And, just learn from Jimmy and Kyle and take it all in. Kyle said some quarterbacks need early success to build confidence. You got thrown in right away and you took some lumps. How did that help you and how did you prevent from losing confidence?I think Ive got a strong faith in God and Ive got a good support system with my family and teammates. I know to never get down on yourself in any situation in life. I think that having not played last year, I think itd be a lot different situation at this point being my first game. I think I would be a lot more nervous or whatnot. I think it also helps having played in those games. My teammates have confidence in me because, Oh , hes been there before, he can do it. In terms of the Chargers, what are your initial impressions of them and is there any extra spark you can get by facing a team that you grew up rooting for?Honestly, it doesnt really matter who it was that were going to play. Its crazy that it is the Chargers. I did grow up being a Chargers fan, but Im just excited to go out there and play whoever it was going to be. In this case, its the Chargers. But, theyre a good team. Theyve got good guys on defense. Theyre an explosive offense as well. We just have to go out there and play as a team and play solid on offense, defense and special teams. Hopefully well walk out of there with a win. The Chargers with Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley run a scheme pretty similar to what you guys do here. Is there any benefit to that as you go into this?Yeah, I think so. Its a lot of the same style of defense that weve gone against in camp and OTAs and stuff. Obviously, they sprinkle in some different things and do different things. Im sure therell be some new things that theyre going to game plan against us that youve got to be prepared for. But, the base stuff is there. Theyre a three-deep team and so are we. Obviously, having gone against a defense like that helps, but you can never count on it, what theyre doing. Theres always something different. Kyle talked about your preseason and overall summer and said he was very pleased even though in preseason games your stats werent necessarily eye popping. How do you assess your preseason? Were you overall pretty pleased? I know you were obviously dealing with a foot injury.I was pleased with it. I just felt a lot more comfortable back there. Obviously, there were plays that I missed and wish I had back. But, I said a while back that for the most part, the ball was going to the right spot most of the time and thats good.