Tweak now or forever hold your peace.
If the Rams are going to try Jared Goff this season, they need to do it now.
They made the bold move last spring to trade all the way up to the No. 1 spot to draft him, and if they’re going to try him at all this season, there’s no time like the present. They’ve lost three in a row, need to do something to stop their slide, and have a week off in the wake of Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the New York Giants.
Clearly, the Rams are resistant to change. Coach Jeff Fisher stepped to the lectern after the defeat and, before being asked a question, made it clear that Case Keenum is staying put as the starting quarterback.
“The quarterback is not the reason, by the way, that we lost three games,” he said. “I’m staying with Case.”
We get it. Keenum has shown his grit this season, no question. He’s certainly good enough to win games, and the deck was stacked against him Sunday. He didn’t get solid protection from his line. Todd Gurley ran for just 57 yards. The receivers let some passes ricochet off their hands and often looked like they were studying a different playbook with the way they missed adjustments and abruptly broke off routes. Keenum shouldn’t shoulder the blame for that.
But something is going very wrong. The Giants were last in the league with six sacks before facing the Rams; they had three Sunday. They had just two interceptions in the first six games, then picked off Keenum four times.
Keenum is not a quarterback who’s going to win games with his pure arm and pinpoint passing. He’s a tough grinder who’s going to muscle out the hard yards with his arm and legs, and every so often hit on a deep ball. He’s not going to drop back and make those perfectly placed passes through a mail slot.
Will Goff be that kind of quarterback? We don’t yet know. His results in exhibition games were mixed. He made some nice throws and had some ugly turnovers. If he’s not the starter, he’s not going to be getting a lot of reps in practice.
“We’re going to get a lot of young players, including Jared, extra reps when we return,” Fisher said.
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