Report: Rams bench Austin Davis, Shaun Hill to start Sunday

AP

So much for Austin Davis remaining the Rams’ starter.

After previously indicating that Davis would keep the starting job in St. Louis, Rams coach Jeff Fisher has reconsidered. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shaun Hill will start Sunday’s game against the Broncos.

Hill opened the season as the starter after Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason. But after Hill suffered a Week One injury, Fisher gave the job to Davis and said Davis would keep the job even after Hill was completely healed.

Now Fisher has changed his mind. Davis has shown flashes of talent, but he has also made some big mistakes, including three fourth-quarter turnovers in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. Fisher wants a veteran he can trust not to make game-changing mistakes, and Fisher thinks Hill is the guy. At least for now.

62 responses to “Report: Rams bench Austin Davis, Shaun Hill to start Sunday

  1. Rams need a fresh start…. Starting with a new coach, QB and possibly GM… Their o line also needs new players who are actually capable of learning the playbook…

  2. Well, that’s an interesting strategy for building and maintaining trust with your players…say that the starting QB is going to remain the starter and then bench him a few days later.

  3. That’s just dumb. See what you have in Davis, the season isn’t going anywhere and Hill is not a part of their future. I shouldn’t be surprised though coming from Jeff Fisher.

  4. The single most overated coach in NFL history, the media likes Goatees and sunglasses more than actual coaching- never mind that he is the architect of bounty gate!

  5. Jeff no, just no. Davis has played pretty decently and you probably wont make the playoffs this year anyway, let him play it out.

  6. Rams have three QBs who aren’t the answer, and appear to be making a move to ensure they get a shot at one who might in the next draft.

  7. Austin Davis was an experiment. Bradford will be back next season with his final year, this year is basically being toyed with when your at loss at the auarterback position. Lets go rams! #stayinSTL

  8. Right. He’s the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. Brett Favre told us so from his tractor in Mississipi because… they both went to Southern Mississippi. Get a grip.

  9. Bret Favre: “Not to sound off my rocker, but he can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner.”
    ===========================================

    Yet another turnover by Favre.

  10. You trolls from other teams haven’t actually watched the Rams games. Who are you kidding with your two cents when you haven’t even seen the kid play? He’s overmatched and lost. He gets flustered under the pass rush. He’s not ready yet to helm this team. Hill probably isn’t a huge upgrade but you have to think he’s been around long enough to maintain some poise under pressure (oh yes, there will be plenty of that with the Rams line playing the part of a sieve, letting in the rushers).

  11. If you think Austin Davis has played decently or doesn’t deserve getting benched then you have really big issues. They know what the have in Davis, a No. 3 QB. There is no reason to continue playing him.

    Whoever compared him to anyone other than Trent Edwards doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Sorry

  12. I have to agree with Fisher here. Austin is a good QB and has a big future ahead of him, but after watching him blow the game last week, I am all for benching him for now.

    It may be temporary too. If Fisher decides to go back with the kid later this year I am fine with that too, but the kid needs to sit this week and think about how he lost a winnable game to the defending champs last week!

    Go Rams! Fisher has my support all the way back to LA!

  13. Ever since the primetime 49ers game Austin Davis has looked quite bad .

    LOL . Jeff Fisher knows what he has in Austin Davis ; ) Shaun Hill has moxie .

  14. Bigger picture than the QB is that the wheels just keep spinning with Jeff Fisher at the wheel. Yes, they’ve had injuries but they just haven’t gotten over the hump and it’s starting to look like they won’t under Fisher.

  15. I have to agree with Fisher here. Austin is a good QB and has a big future ahead of him, but after watching him blow the game last week, I am all for benching him for now.

    It may be temporary too. If Fisher decides to go back with the kid later this year I am fine with that too, but the kid needs to sit this week and think about how he lost a winnable game to the defending champs last week!

    Go Rams! Fisher has my support all the way back to LA!

    CORRECTION:

    Sorry, the Cardinals are NOT the defending Champs, they just have the best record in the league. We beat the Defending Champs 3 weeks ago.

  16. Remember all that junk about him being the next Favre? Wow… yeah that was a bit premature. It just goes to show how much of a below average season this has been; there’s nothing better to talk about!

  17. It’s a lot easier to move a terrible team than a good one… Also nice to have a high pick in next years draft. Now that they have no shot at the playoff, this is calculated tanking at its best.

  18. Why not just play Davis the rest of the season? You already know what you have in Hill and your only other option at QB is Keenum, who is currently on the practice squad.

  19. Fisher needs to bench Schottenheimer! Davis would be 5-3 as a starter if games ended at halftime. He is not the reason the Rams have scored a whopping total of 13 points in their last 5 second halves. Yes, you read that right. Schottenheimer’s second-half gameplan is producing under 3 points/half in their last five. Hopefully both Fisher and Schottenheimer will be gone by season’s end.

  20. For all you goofs that say” why not play Davis..the season in the tank anyways” blah blah… how about playing to win some games and have some damn pride? Shaun Hill happens to be one of the most experienced decent back ups in the league. He is used to facing passrushes and being able to pick that up and adjust accordingly. Davis has proved he can’t handle the rush yet. I think Hill gives them the best chance to pull of a highly unlikely but faint chance at an upset of the Broncos on Sunday IMO.

  21. IMO it is unbelievable how bad a job Jeff Fisher has done since taking over the Rams, especially with all the extra draft picks he received from the Washington Redskins.

  22. This move probably ensures another chance for Bradford in 2015. Clearly, the Rams have discovered that Davis is not the answer.
    Now, if Hill manages to show something, the Rams could release Bradford in March and limp through the 2015 season. However, I think this is Fisher’s last stand. Jeff is betting it all on Hill/Bradford.
    When the Bradford or Hill experiment falls apart next year, there will be a house cleaning in the Rams organization, including a change in address.

  23. How many times does a guy have to blow his kneee out before you realize he migggggggght not be the best choice at QB.

    I wish sam the best, seems like a decent dude, and looks to have talent. His body just can’t hold up.

  24. Maybe Jeff Fisher should bench himself. This guy cannot coach anymore and Austin Davis is just a young quarterback that is going through growing pains.

    So, when the Rams only had one win before beating the Texans into thousand 13 it was okay for Sam Bradford to be terrible when he was never that good when he came into the league? Austin Davis is better than Sam Bradford. I know this because Davis will take chances and can throw deep. Brian Schottenheimer is a quarterback killer, but he knows when to use quarterback for deep passes. Bradford has a noodle arm that is not accurate and Davis has better attributes.

    Remember a lot of the league liKed Aaron Curry, Ryan leaf, JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Derrick Harvey, and other draft pick the busts that were actually overrated before they were drafted.

    Bradford is an example of an overrated player that came out of college. he can’t stay healthy and he has no starter attributes. He is worse than Alex Smith, Nick foles, all athlete QBs, Josh McCown, Mike Glennon, and many more.

    The better quarterback on the roster is unfairly getting benched. He’s actually doing his best despite not having any weapons. Also, at least Jared Cook caught passes with Austin Davis unlike that fake franchise quarterback and fourth round draft pick drafted number one overall in Sam Bradford.

  25. rajbais says:
    Nov 12, 2014 3:49 PM

    “The better quarterback on the roster is unfairly getting benched. He’s actually doing his best despite not having any weapons. Also, at least Jared Cook caught passes with Austin Davis unlike that fake franchise quarterback and fourth round draft pick drafted number one overall in Sam Bradford.”

    Davis has the EXACT same weapons that Bradford did last year-same wr’s, same TE’s. Cook also had his best statistical year LAST year so not sure your argument holds any weight pal.

  26. schmitty2 says:
    Nov 12, 2014 4:45 PM

    “Davis has the EXACT same weapons that Bradford did last year-same wr’s, same TE’s. Cook also had his best statistical year LAST year so not sure your argument holds any weight pal.”

    Brian Quick was in St. Louis last year???

    Jared Cook caught a pass over 15 yards last year???

    Cook caught a 59-yard TD from Davis this past Sunday. I never knew that Bradford could throw for past 10 yards.

  27. Good lord, what is the point? I mean seriously, are the Rams in some sort of playoff chase of which I am unaware?

    There are seven games left. Let’s be super optimistic and say that Hill’s “veteran presence” gives you 4 win in those 7 games. Again, we are being SUPER optimistic.

    Congratulations, you’re 7-9. And the same playoffs you wouldn’t have made while learning whether or not Austin Davis has any promise in this league are the same playoffs you won’t make now.

    Shaun Hill isn’t getting any younger, or better, and you are right back at square one as far as your future at the position.

    THAT, my friends, is vintage Jeff Fisher.

  28. rajbais says:
    Nov 12, 2014 5:18 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Nov 12, 2014 4:45 PM

    “Davis has the EXACT same weapons that Bradford did last year-same wr’s, same TE’s. Cook also had his best statistical year LAST year so not sure your argument holds any weight pal.”

    Brian Quick was in St. Louis last year???

    Jared Cook caught a pass over 15 yards last year???

    Cook caught a 59-yard TD from Davis this past Sunday. I never knew that Bradford could throw for past 10 yards.

    I think you should stop while you are trying to be ahead. If you don’t know things like the fact Brian Quick WAS on the team last year and Cook had many catches over 15 yards (week 1 with 141 yards against the Cards) than you shouldn’t post nonsense.

  29. schmitty2

    Bradford also cost the Rams a playoff trip in 2010.

    His team was 7-8 and lost to the 6-9 Seahawks.

    That’s when I knew that he was never the guy.

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