LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Rams fan voices have finally been heard! No. 1 pick, Quarterback Jared Goff will make his first NFL start on Sunday, November 20, when he faces the surging Miami Dolphins at the L.A. Coliseum.
Head Coach Jeff Fisher has caved into the pressure from the rabid fan base, the media, and ultimately the shaky play from QB Case Keenum left him no other option. Keenum comes off a sloppy 9-6 victory over the New York Jets, where the Rams failed to reach the end zone yet again. The Rams rank dead last in the NFL in points per game at 15.4, Keenum has thrown for 2,169 yards, 9 TD’ s and 11 interceptions. Star Running Back Todd Gurley has suffered a sophomore slump, and this is an ideal time for the switch.
The Los Angeles Rams currently stand at 4-5 on the year, and have an opportunity to win the NFC West, or more likely earn a Wild Card spot and reach the playoffs. Other rookie QB’s have found success ahead of the curve like Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys, and Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles
Why did Goff sit on the bench for so long? Well, his performance in training camp and the pre-season was terrible. In four exhibition games, he only threw for 232 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Fisher looked angry and even perturbed discussing his prized rookies improvement.
“He isn’t ready for the speed of the game yet,” said Fisher earlier this season.
This Sunday, the Rams face the vastly improved Miami Dolphins. At 5-4, the Dolphins are led by Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and breakout star, Running Back Jay Ajaji. Kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. and will air on Fox 11. Good luck Goff!