The Los Angeles Rams and head coach Jeff Fisher have been under a lot of scrutiny this season as they mortgaged their future by trading up to get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft and selected Cal quarterback Jared Goff.
After Goff struggled in the preseason, Fisher named veteran journeyman Case Keenum the team’s starter, saying that Goff will not start until he is ready.
Keenum got the team off to a 3-1 start, so the talk about Goff starting was put on hold as winning was the main focus.
Since the 3-1 start the Rams have lost three straight though, putting them at 3-4 on the season and once again headed for mediocrity.
In Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the New York Giants Keenum threw four interceptions, and once again Fisher was questioned about Goff, but according to Myles Simmons of therams.com, Fisher still doesn’t feel that Goff is ready:
“Jared’s going to play when we feel Jared’s ready,” the head coach said, referring to this year’s No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. “Had we won this game, you wouldn’t have been asking about Jared — which I understand. But we didn’t lose this game because of quarterback play today.”
Keenum ranks 27th out of 32 qualified quarterbacks with a 77.5 passer rating. He has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,708 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Only New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has more interceptions with 11.
Goff has split backup quarterback duties with Sean Mannion through the first seven games. If Fisher were to make a change at quarterback now would likely be the time due to Keenum’s struggles and the Rams have a bye in Week 8 before hosting the struggling Carolina Panthers in Week 9.
Only time will tell if Fisher plans to backup his words and stick with Keenum or if he makes a change to Goff.