Despite the loss they suffered during the weekend, Los Angeles Rams Coach Jeff Fisher is still keen in keeping Case Keenum as their starting quarterback. This, despite mounting pressure to give top rookie Jared Goff the chance to call the snaps on the field.
Fisher tells Pro Football Talk that their 17-10 loss to the New York Giants was not Keenum’s fault. He added that he would rather adjust other positions before moving his starting quarterback.
Fisher’s statement means that he would stick with Keenum despite the suggestion to use Goff in their next match which will be against the Carolina Panthers in Week 9.
“Jared’s going to play when we feel Jared’s ready. Had we won this game you wouldn’t be asking about Jared,” Fisher said. “We didn’t lose this game because of the quarterback play. We lost it because of some other positions.”
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Questions linger if Keenum is really playing at his best or there is already a need to give Goff the chance to call the snaps for the team. Fisher quickly explained that Goff will have added practice with the team while Keenum gets a rest as they prepare for the Panthers. However, Fisher shoots down any speculation that Goff will start with the team.
Fisher thinks Goff still needs more time to get himself ready to lead the team in the professional ranks. This means that until Goff makes anything spectacular in practice, Fisher will not change his mind yet.
Aside from Fisher, keeping Keenum as their starting quarterback also gets the team’s locker room support. Keenum’s teammates all stated that they still have confidence in him and they will correct their mistakes during the bye week.
“It’s not a thing where we’re going to sit on our hands,” Keenum said. “We’re going to go to work for a few days, and then we’re going to recharge. … I think we’re all ready to roll off a few games in our favor.”
Many want to see if picking Goff as the number one pick was a bust or a keep for the Rams, but Fisher has other things in mind. With their season on the line, Fisher is sticking with Keenum and believes that he could bring the Rams to where they want to go. As for Goff, Fisher believes he still needs more time to develop as the future of the franchise.
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