September 14, 2016 at 11:11 am #193723
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He makes some interesting points here I think the Rams need to start Goff ASAP. How bad can it be and he gets some experience.
Monday night in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Rams were shut out by a 49ers team that ranked 29th in the NFL on defense last season. They only mustered 185 total yards in the 28-0 loss, converting just three of 15 third downs.
When something like that happens, you can hardly blame just one player. But by all reasonable measures, L.A.’s worst player was quarterback Case Keenum, who earned a team-worst Pro Football Focus grade of minus-3.6 in a comically bad performance.
Keenum completed just 48.6 percent of his 35 passes for 130 yards. He threw two interceptions and was sacked twice, finishing with a 34.2 passer rating that made him by far the lowest-rated qualified passer of the week.
NFL’s lowest passer rating , Week 1
Case Keenum 34.2
Robert Griffin III 55.0
Trevor Siemian 69.1
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After the game, however, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Keenum would remain the team’s starter, despite the fact L.A. has this year’s No. 1 overall pick, Jared Goff, holding a tablet.
That has left a nation of sports fans puzzled, especially considering that three other young quarterbacks—all of whom are less accomplished than Goff—excelled in their NFL debuts in Week 1.
Goff didn’t perform well in the preseason, where he posted a passer rating of just 55.8 in four games, but neither did No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz, who posted a rating of 41.8 to start the preseason before missing the rest of August due to injury. The less-heralded North Dakota State product had a triple-digit rating as his Philadelphia Eagles crushed the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The Rams have stated time and again that they won’t rush Goff, which isn’t a heinous approach. It is unconventional, though, considering each of the last five quarterbacks chosen first overall have started from the jump.
But that was also supposed to be the plan for Dallas Cowboys fourth-round rookie Dak Prescott. And yet the Mississippi State product completed 25 passes in a turnover-free season-opening start in place of the injured Tony Romo, giving the Cowboys a chance to beat the division rival New York Giants. (They fell just short, thanks in part to a silly mistake from one of Prescott’s teammates.)
How can Fisher look at what Wentz, Prescott and second-year Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian did in their respective debuts this weekend and still leave Goff on the bench?
Siemian was a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern who had thrown zero NFL passes prior to Denver’s season opener, and yet he completed all but eight of his 26 passes in a victory over the reigning NFC champion Carolina Panthers.
First NFL starts, Week 1
Quarterback Comp.% TD INT YPA Rating Result
Siemian 69.2 1 2 6.8 69.1 Win
Wentz 59.5 2 0 7.5 101.0 Win
Prescott 55.6 0 0 5.0 69.4 Loss
Pro Football Reference
If those guys are ready, there’s no way Goff—who threw 1,568 passes at California between 2013 and 2015—shouldn’t be.
They won’t admit it, but the Rams must understand they aren’t going to win many games this season. And there are risks associated with throwing rookie quarterbacks to the wolves.
“I get all the arguments for playing them early,” ESPN analyst and former quarterback Trent Dilfer told NFL Media’s Mike Silver, “but none of them trumps this: You also risk destroying them.”
The Rams have a dazzling young running back, a solid defense and an offensive line that was responsible for only 11 quarterback sacks last season, according to PFF. With that kind of support, it would be hard to destroy Goff, especially if they limit what’s on his plate.
So why does a team that gave up six primo draft picks in order to add Goff continue to insist that it is at least temporarily better off with an undrafted fifth-year quarterback who has completed just 56.1 percent of his 490 career passes?
It’s possible the Rams’ brass are indeed aware that Goff should be starting. Heck, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported Tuesday that there are coaches on L.A.’s staff who feel Goff “may give the team a better chance.”
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September 14, 2016 at 11:21 am #193724
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I think he is not hurt by sitting for now, but he could be damaged by starting him if he has no more success than Keenum did against SF.
I think the best thing the team could do is open their offense up a lot. Too many passes at the line of scrimmage, too many WR screens, too many runs in predictable situations. I could sit on the couch and tell what the Rams were running Monday night but this has been an issue since Fisher has been head coach.
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