With the regular season three weeks away, the first overall pick in the draft is no closer to starting when the real games begin.
“What I’ve been saying since day one is we’re going to be patient with him,” coach Jeff Fisher told reporters on Sunday regarding quarterback Jared Goff. “Case [Keenum] is our starter. [Goff is] progressing, he’s getting better. As he said, he’s learning from his mistakes, he doesn’t dwell on them. . . . Case is our starter right now and, again, patience is the word. You can put it in quotes. We’re going to be patient with him.”
Goff completed eight of 12 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs as the backup to Keenum. Goff’s numbers were considerably better than Week One against the Cowboys.
Regardless, the Rams are taking the same approach with Goff as they took with first-round running back Todd Gurley a year ago. They’re being patient, and then when they decide he’s ready Goff will become the starter indefinitely. And if it turns out as well as it did with Gurley a year ago, the Rams’ first year back in L.A. could be a memorable one.
The only risk with this approach is that Keenum, unburdened by the pressure of a potential benching because he knows it’s inevitable, may play well enough to make it harder to yank him for Goff. Some would call that a good problem to have. But when plenty was sacrificed to move up to get Goff, a protracted delay to the start of his career would not be a good problem to have.