Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher:
I think it’s going to take a bit more time. That’s not to say he can’t be a No. 2 or start, but if we were starting right now, I’d probably have Sean [Mannion] as the No. 2. Because it’s all about being patient with [Goff].
The Rams traded two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and two third-round (which includes their first- and third-round pick from the 2017 NFL Draft) picks to get the #1 overall pick along with a fourth- and sixth-rounder.
They went all-in on Jared Goff and his long-term future to craft a capable offense out of the framework of 2015’s 32nd-ranked offense in yards gained.
His path on that long-term sounds like it will start at the bottom of the position depth chart behind Case Keenum and Sean Mannion.
Case Keenum, who the Rams buried on the practice squad in 2014 behind Shaun Hill and Austin Davis. Case Keenum who the Rams traded a seventh-round pick (as opposed to the aforementioned six-pick haul for Goff) to re-acquire as a backup for 2015. Case Keenum who was appointed the starter early in the offseason and will be appointed so for Week 1 of the 2016 regular season.
Sean Mannion who the Rams drafted in the third-round as a QB3 behind starting QB Nick Foles and backup Case Keenum, who had the backup spot “locked up” heading into Week 1 of 2015. Sean Mannion who earned all of seven regular season snaps in 2015.
Jared Goff, the future of the Rams, was unable to beat out Case Keenum and Sean Mannion in the 2016 preseason.
Many will point to the surrounding cast as part of the reason why, a surrounding cast that had as much to do with and perhaps more to do with the Rams’ offense coming in dead last in yardage in 2015. Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher and General Manager Les Snead have only have five years to identify and acquire sufficient surrounding talent to support their #1 overall third-string franchise rookie QB. Perhaps a contract extension would allow them another five years to do so properly.
The Rams regular season opens in Week 1 on September 12th against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football in front of a national audience to show off the explosive offensive firepower showcased by their starting QB, Case Keenum.