THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Yes, Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher was asked Monday about replacing Case Keenum with Jared Goff at quarterback.
Yes, Keenum remains his guy.
“I don’t want to be a broken record here,” Fisher said of Goff, “but we’re going to play him when he’s ready.”
Goff, taken No. 1 overall in the 2016 draft, was promoted from an inactive third-stringer to the Rams’ primary backup Sunday and watched from the sideline as his team snuck out a 9-3 win over the division-rival Seattle Seahawks in front of more than 91,000 fans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was the first regular-season NFL game there since Christmas Eve of 1994.
Fisher called it “a great experience” for Goff.
“He loved it,” said the coach. “I talked to him this morning. I said, ‘This is going to be your home for a long time.’ He was excited about that.”
Keenum, who had struggled in Week 1, played better on Sunday, going 18 of 30 for 239 yards without committing a turnover. But the Rams remain the only NFL team that has yet to score a touchdown, and Keenum’s QBR through the first two weeks (20.7) was easily the worst among the 31 qualifying quarterbacks when Monday began.
By the end of Week 3, as many as four quarterbacks drafted after Goff will have started an NFL game. Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles (second overall) and Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys (135th) have started each of the first two games. Cody Kessler (93rd) is expected to start for the Cleveland Browns next weekend, with Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown both dealing with shoulder injuries. And Jacoby Brissett (91st) could start for the New England Patriots Thursday now that their backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, has suffered a sprained AC joint.
To be fair, three of the aforementioned names will have become the main guy under center because of injuries to a starter. The other, Wentz, was named the starter after the trade of Sam Bradford and has played brilliantly, completing 61 percent of his passes for 468 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.