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Rams are going to continue to start Case Keenum at quarterback

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, left, and quarterback Case Keenum warm up prior to an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) AP

The Rams are averaging 4.5 points per game, and their starting quarterback is statistically one of the worst in the NFL.

But they’re still 1-1, and Jared Goff apparently still isn’t ready, so Jeff Fisher is going to keep trotting Case Keenum out there.

Via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Fisher made it clear that Keenum would remain the starter Sunday when the Rams play the Buccaneers on the road.

“We need more production out of our offense, and all things point to the quarterback position,” Fisher said. “But I’m expecting Case to continue to get better in this offense and we’re going to win games and score points.”

The Rams were shut out in the opener. In fact. they didn’t even get to the red zone, and Keenum threw two interceptions in the opening loss. In beating the Seahawks Sunday, he was barely better, leading them to three field goals, which makes them the only team in the league without an offensive touchdown.

“If you’re going to be successful in this league — there are a lot of really good offenses — you have to score points,” Keenum said.

Yes, points help. But completing passes is a good start, and Keenum is last in the league in completion percentage (53) among guys who started both games so far. And among the 38 quarterbacks ranked so far, he’s 34th in yards per game (184.5) and 35th in passer rating (57.8). And with a shiny new first overall pick sitting there on the bench (up from being the inactive third quarterback in the opener), the questions are natural.

“If you’re talking about Jared, I don’t want to be a broken record here but we’re going to play him when he’s ready,” Fisher said. “I thought it was a great experience for him [Sunday]. He loved it. I talked to him this morning and said, ‘This is going to be your home for a long time.’ And he’s excited about that. When that happens we’ll let you know. . . .

“When he’s under center, you’ll know, OK? So keep asking that every week if you want. You can ask it again, if you want.”

Until the guy in front of him on the depth chart scores a touchdown or something, those questions should continue, whether Fisher likes it or not.

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36 Responses to “Rams are going to continue to start Case Keenum at quarterback”
  1. jjb0811 says: Sep 20, 2016 7:31 AM

    That Philly kid is making the Rams look foolish.

  2. kingpel says: Sep 20, 2016 7:56 AM

    At this point I’d even be happy to see Sean Mannion get a shot.

  3. cabosan1978 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:05 AM

    I dont understand how Jeff Fisher has been a head coach in this league for as long as he has?? What has he accomplished? Start the kid!

  4. swagjag says: Sep 20, 2016 8:10 AM

    Good thing they drafted the guy who was ready to start right away instead of the guy they thought might have a higher ceiling, but would require time to develop (who is 2-0).

  5. captainwhodat says: Sep 20, 2016 8:12 AM

    so the QB who tinseltown picked #1 in the draft, whom tinseltown gave all those draft picks to move up in the draft to secure him, sits on the bench…perfect! Wonder if Liberty National has a draft pick forgiveness policy…

  6. ajames35 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:27 AM

    Perhaps after seeing Goff up close, they’re tanking for next year’s top pick, too. A re-do. ; )

  7. ctiggs says: Sep 20, 2016 8:29 AM

    I almost said doesn’t Jeff Fisher realize that he does not have time to sit around and wait on Goff, just throw him out there. Then I realized its Mr. Teflon Jeff Fisher, he has all the time in the world. The lambs will eventually give him a lifetime contract.

  8. autumnwind999 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:37 AM

    Should start Mannion.

  9. cuda1234 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:45 AM

    Keenum is pretty awful, but he’s still got better numbers and a better NFL career than media darling Tim Tebow.

  10. TheAfterParty says: Sep 20, 2016 8:46 AM

    “Rams are going to continue to start Case Keenum at quarterback”

    So Rams are going to continue not scoring touchdowns

  11. gixrider says: Sep 20, 2016 8:50 AM

    So the question is, should they have picked Wentz or is the team so horrible any quarterback would be a disaster starting there?

  12. naes says: Sep 20, 2016 9:01 AM

    If Goff isn’t better than 9 points in two games, he’s a draft bust.

  13. varnbo says: Sep 20, 2016 9:04 AM

    The fact that Fisher is still employed as a HC in the NFL is testament to the “good ole boy” factor being alive and well in the NFL.

    Kroneke is a wildly successful business man beyond most imaginations, so how is it that grossly underperforming Fisher is still able to hold 1/32 of the most coveted jobs in the USA.

  14. pastabelly says: Sep 20, 2016 9:06 AM

    Zero touchdowns in eight quarters probably doesn’t sit well in LA. Hard to believe that Goff wouldn’t have managed one TD in that time.

  15. grantgoodman93 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:07 AM

    Fisher thinks he’s got it all planned out. Lol.

  16. edukator4 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:08 AM

    Having Wentz playing well isn’t helping. I’m all for Qbs learning on the bench, but what in the world could he be learning from Case Keenum?

  17. coolhandgianluca says: Sep 20, 2016 9:11 AM

    Should’ve took Wentz.

  18. immafubared says: Sep 20, 2016 9:15 AM

    Saves the GM’s nexk. He doesnt play Goff then you cant compare him to the guy they passed on, the guy who is lighting it up for the eagles and looks all pro.
    I think they did a boo boo

  19. immafubared says: Sep 20, 2016 9:17 AM

    RAMS should fire the gm and coach. With there acquired low round picks and not being able to field a contender let alone winner, time to say adios.

  20. icebergsimpson says: Sep 20, 2016 9:18 AM

    This is great news as a Bucs fan looking for a rebound game!

  21. codiablo says: Sep 20, 2016 9:18 AM

    Goff-aw!

  22. alreidtx says: Sep 20, 2016 9:21 AM

    So Case had a bad game against the 49ers. Against Seattle, he had a much better game with a QBR rating of 86.3 which is better than most starting QB’s in week 2… Aaron Rogers had a bad game against the Vikings with a QBR of 70.7 should the Packers consider bench Rogers as well?!? ~smh~ Seems to be a media push to start Goff even though it would be a disaster for the Rams. Last time a numer 1 draft pick was put in before he was equipped to start was David Carr with the Texans… and we know how badly that went.

  23. therealtrenches says: Sep 20, 2016 9:23 AM

    “We need more production out of our offense, and all things point to the quarterback position,” Fisher said. “But I’m expecting Case to continue to get better in this offense and we’re going to win games and score points.”

    ————

    Hewing to the 8-8 is not how you develop your rookie QB.

  24. dtroxallday says: Sep 20, 2016 9:26 AM

    After that first Monday night game who’da thunk SF would be in 1st place and the Rams in 2nd right now?

    Granted, this won’t hold up as the season progresses, but right now it is what it is. This fact will be even funnier by the end of the season.

  25. daburgher says: Sep 20, 2016 9:26 AM

    I have no idea why Jeff Fisher gets any respect at all. He is a terrible coach. This is why the Rooney rule exists

  26. lenthevikesfan says: Sep 20, 2016 9:27 AM

    This is why Fisher is a coaching mastermind. Set the bar low and when you bring in your rookie QB he can’t play any worse. I know you see the mustache and immediately think he’s a huge douche but just maybe you’re wrong. Probably not, but maybe.

  27. tonebones says: Sep 20, 2016 9:46 AM

    I wonder what Vince Young could have done with a better coach.

  28. lanytimes00 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:53 AM

    The same people who were saying both Goff and Wentz were terrible picks are now saying Wentz is great and Goff is a bust. It’s laughable. Get your story straight. Both will be very good QB’s long-term. Goff (three years younger and learning pro-style offense) may just need a little more time.

  29. daramsman says: Sep 20, 2016 10:06 AM

    The same people who were saying both Goff and Wentz were terrible picks are now saying Wentz is great and Goff is a bust. It’s laughable. Get your story straight. Both will be very good QB’s long-term. Goff (three years younger and learning pro-style offense) may just need a little more time.
    ——————————————————————-
    Now this is just stupid. Wentz is performing ON the field of Play! Until Goff takes a snap in a regular season game he is not in the conversation. Wentz is better than him because he is playing on the field of play.
    I do think the plan in LA is to get Goff ready for the opening of the new stadium in 2019. But it won’t matter. He was mediocre in college and he’ll be a subpar pro. A cross between a poorer man’s Matt Ryan and Tim Couch. No way Rams should have moved up that far to get him…Unless he leading the Rams to the playoffs and Super bowls he is a BUST!

    By the way, Wentz was so good in the offseason and preseaon the Eagles felt comfortable getting rid of Bradford. Looks like they were right. Conversely, Goff can’t take a snap from center and doesn’t know which direction the sun rises.

  30. minson15 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:20 AM

    dtroxallday says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:26 AM

    After that first Monday night game who’da thunk SF would be in 1st place and the Rams in 2nd right now?

    Granted, this won’t hold up as the season progresses, but right now it is what it is. This fact will be even funnier by the end of the season.
    —————————————-
    Every team in the NFC west is 1-1. So it doesn’t really matter who’s in first at this point. The 49ers are going to face some harder oppenents (like they did last week) this season and so are the Rams. If the Rams could play the Seahawks every week they could be 15-1, but luckily for the Seahawks that doesn’t happen. Arizona got back on track last week and they will be good this year.

  31. computojon says: Sep 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    daramsman says:
    Sep 20, 2016 10:06 AM
    No way Rams should have moved up that far to get him…Unless he leading the Rams to the playoffs and Super bowls he is a BUST!
    —————————————
    It’s great that we can save so much time these days and determine the trajectory of a player’s career before he has taken a single snap. What’s amazing, though, is that these armchair QBs are apparently so much smarter than the hundreds of professionals who stake their livelihoods on the success of their player assessments.

  32. chazjs says: Sep 20, 2016 11:36 AM

    cabosan1978 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 8:05 AM
    I dont understand how Jeff Fisher has been a head coach in this league for as long as he has?? What has he accomplished? Start the kid!

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    Because he’s done just enough to have a job in the NFL for as long as he wants and he’s politically connected.

  33. steveylang says: Sep 20, 2016 11:52 AM

    In all honesty Case Keenum is not a bad QB, he’s a very solid backup level NF quarterback so it’s not surprising that he could beat out a rookie run-and-shoot QB in training camp. Goff will probably start by week 7 or so (unless Rams are 5-2 in which case they’ll continue with Case), the extra prep time will help him a lot.

  34. stylzinc says: Sep 20, 2016 12:35 PM

    Maybe they should just cut Goff

  35. b4utoo says: Sep 20, 2016 12:53 PM

    THIS SHOULD BE MAKE OR BREAK GAME FOR KEENUM.

    IF HE DOESN’T PUT UP AT LEEEEAAAST 3 TOUCHDOWNS (OFFENSIVE, PLEASE NOT PICK 6’S)

    BENCHED/TRADED IS ONLY RECOURSE!

    ONLY SOOOO LONG A GUY CAN STAY IN YOUR CORNER FISHER!

    IF YOU WANT TO TALK GO INTO POLITICS

    YOU NEED TO SHOW US!

  36. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 20, 2016 1:43 PM

    Jeff Fischer has been a head coach for 22 years. How many QBs can you name that he developed?

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