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Jared Goff: Time for ‘Star in Waiting’ to Make His Rams Debut

November 6th, 2016 · No Comments · Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

The Los Angeles Rams lost again today, 13-10 to the Carolina Panthers.

That is four consecutive defeats for the lowest-scoring team in the NFL, at 16.2 points per game, a team that fell to 3-5 and looks doomed to post a losing record for the 10th consecutive season.

A team already becoming irrelevant in Los Angeles, which seems far more interested in the Dodgers and Lakers and Clippers than their newly returned NFL franchise.

All of which begs the question: If the Rams are headed nowhere again this season, why are they sticking with journeyman-at-best quarterback Case Keenum?

Isn’t it time to put on the field the Rams’ (and the league’s) top draft pick, quarterback Jared Goff?

What is the worst that can happen?

As far as fans are concerned, I suppose it would be that a Goff-led team loses the next eight and the Rams finish 3-13.

But even that is a result of only marginal significance, because the Keenum version of the Rams certainly does not look like a playoffs team, anyway.

Entering the fourth quarter today the Rams had not scored a point in six quarters. They “erupted” for 10 in the fourth quarter to make the game closer than it seemed.

More numbers on the offense, as led by Case Keenum, in addition to “32nd-and-last in scoring”:

–Dead last in first downs per game, at 17.6.

–Averaging 311.5 yards per game — 31st in the NFL.

–Averaging 5 yards per pass, 28th in the NFL.

Rams fans were chanting Goff’s name at the Coliseum today; they would like to see what the No. 1 pick of 2016 looks like with a football in his hands, as opposed to a clipboard.

What is the worst that can happen, in terms of the Rams franchise?

That Goff goes out there and set about proving what fans already fear — that he can’t play. That he is a bust in the making.

Apparently, the club believes that he needs a full season of watching and learning to be prepared to play. Which seems excessive when Dak Prescott, also a rookie QB and a fourth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, is one of the handful of best QBs so far this season. When QB Carson Wentz, who went No. 2 in the draft, behind Goff, has started every game for the Philadelphia Eagles and has shown himself to be competent.

The Rams have a fine defensive unit (eighth in the NFL in yards allowed), one being wasted with a quarterback who is 8-16 as a starter and has thrown more interceptions (11) than touchdown passes (nine) this season — a particularly onerous ratio in this age of quarterback precision.

However, Rams coach Jeff Fisher insists Keenum is his quarterback, and he has no intention to change his mind — or even consider changing his mind.

But seeing what Goff might be able to do — and fans are not going to hold him to some impossible level of play — is something that might make the Rams interesting, during the final eight weeks.

If they are determined to miss the playoffs while playing nearly unwatchable games, they should stick with Keenum.

They mortgaged their future by trading six high draft picks to the Tennessee Titans — their first, two seconds and a third in the 2016 draft, the first and third in the 2017 draft — to move up to No. 1 and take Goff.

Rams fans would like to see if the face of the franchise can lift his team … whether the trade for him is as awful as it seems … or something in between.



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