Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed in his day after press conference that Case Keenum will remain the starting QB and not rookie #1 overall draft pick and backup franchise QB Jared Goff:
“Case is starting”— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) November 8, 2016
— Jeff Fisher
The confirmation comes on the heels of the Rams losing to the Carolina Panthers at home, 10-13, their fourth consecutive loss. Fisher did note that Goff warmed up on the sideline at one point when Keenum suffered an injury to his non-throwing arm:
Fisher reveals there was a moment yesterday when he told Goff to warm up because of an injury to Keenum's non-throwing arm.— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) November 8, 2016
The bottom line is simple. Fisher isn’t playing Goff because he doesn’t have to. The sad part for Rams fans is that it won’t matter if Goff plays. Fisherball handicaps the position to such an extreme degree that no QB can come in and provide sufficient change. Instead, Goff simply represents something different, the greener grass if you will. Remember that it was Case Keenum who held that spot for much of last season while Nick Foles started, the same Nick Foles who himself offered that reprieve following the Sam Bradford era whose injuries offered the turnstile for hopefuls Austin Davis, Shaun Hill and Kellen Clemens.
Other head coaches have made more with less.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Rams won’t make a change at quarterback until the team is out of playoff contention, something that likely won’t happen mathematically for several games given how flat the league standings are this season. Fisher suggested that report is not true:
Jeff Fisher says the popular hypothesis that Goff won't play unless the Rams are out of the playoff race is inaccurate.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) November 8, 2016
Of course his suggestion doesn’t mean much as he has routinely lied to the media and fans in his public remarks with no regard for the idea that they deserve any better.
The Rams will hit the road in Week 10 to take on the 3-6 New York Jets.
We’ll have the full remarks from the presser up shortly.