With the announcement of journeyman QB Case Keenum being named the starter, fans have been sent into a whirlwind of anger and doubt.
Bleacher report’s insider Jason Cole may have gotten down to the bottom of this quarterback battle here. and for Goff’s fans it’s not what you think.
Here’s the good news:
“In talking to multiple people around the organization there is a strong belief around the organization that Jared Goff is just about ready to start at quarterback. Talking to three people within the organization including defensive end Robert Quinn, they all had high praise for Goff early in camp. Quinn noted most importantly that Goff can make a lot of professional throws and a lot of unique throws that other players simple cannot do.”
Here’s the bad news:
“What Fisher said is the most important thing with Goff is that the Rams be able to protect him from taking too many hits. He’s not worried about interceptions, he’s not worried about mistakes like that but simply the fact. Can the Rams protect Goff enough to keep him from getting hit way too much?”
Basically the reason that’s bad news is because the Rams head coach basically doesn’t know if the offensive line is ready to protect their franchise quarterback. If you are wondering why Goff could possibly start out the regular season on the bench, there it is. The Rams aren’t in a hurry to throw Goff into the fire. With Rob Havenstein on the physically unable to perform list, Rodger Saffold coming back from injury, Greg Robinson being a question mark to protect the blindside and Jamon Brown coming off a broken leg. The Rams do have many questions that need to be answered before they let Goff start.
The obvious thing for the Rams to do is start Keenum now just like they are doing and hope the reps with Goff and the offensive line prepare them fully for week one of the NFL season.