As Rams coach Jeff Fisher explained it to reporters on Tuesday, the decision to make rookie Jared Goff the starter came at some point after Monday’s press conference, during which Fisher indicated that the status quo would apply to the quarterback depth chart.
“The question that was asked of me was, is Jared number two, or is Case [Keenum] your starter,” Fisher said. “He was yesterday. He’s not today.”
So why the change?
“It was just Jared’s progress, and the progression week, after week, after week,” Fisher said. “Preparing to be a two, preparing to be a play away from going in. When he got the reps over the last three or four weeks, they were right, they were good, they were good decisions, so it was time.”
Fisher said that Keenum will continue to be a team captain, but that as it relates to the actual quarterback job, “[I]t’s time. It’s time to move on.”
“I felt like this was the best time to go ahead and turn the keys over to Jared,” Fisher said. “We’re excited for him. He had a good day today. He’s into the plan, he’s really excited. The position is not easy to play, as we’ve seen around the league. A lot of good quarterbacks took their lumps last weekend, but we got confidence in him, as the offense does. We’ll get him prepared to play. The option was to wait until Sunday, but that’s not a good option. It’s not fair to you guys, it’s not fair to him. It’s out there, he’s our starter, we’re moving forward.”
Fisher said that Keenum will be the backup, and that Goff will be the starer beyond the upcoming week.
“Yeah, we’re committed to this,” Fisher said.
The decision came as a surprise to many, given the reports that Goff wouldn’t play until the Rams were mathematically eliminated. They’re still alive at 4-5, and if Goff gives the offense a spark they could end up in the mix for a playoff berth.