Drafting Jared Goff with the first overall pick of last year’s draft means it is only a matter of time before he goes under center for the Los Angeles Rams. However, Jeff Fisher and company aren’t just going to hand him the starting job. He’s going to have to beat out Case Keenum if he wants to start.
This week Fisher said,
“Case is still clearly ahead. Jared’s getting better..Every day there’s something he does better and different. We have to be realistic because who’s going to eventually give is the best chance to win? And that’s eventually what it’s going to be.”
While he is going to get some time with the first team this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, if Keenum is still clearly ahead of Goff, it doesn’t bode well for the rookie if he wants to start week one.
This week will be a good indicator of where exactly Goff is in his development. Last week he played just two series’ going 4/9 for 38 yards and threw an interception. If he has another performance like that, there is a good chance he won’t start against the 49ers.
However, if he shows improvement and plays confident, he will put Fisher in an interesting situation. The head coach has been adamant about easing Goff in and has a history of not starting rookies right away. If Goff puts together a solid stat line, Fisher will have a tough decision going into the final two preseason games.
The hope is for Goff to start week one, but if he’s not ready and Keenum gives the Rams the best chance to win, theres no harm in letting him sit a few weeks to learn.