The Rams head coach, Jeff Fisher, has officially benched starting quarterback Case Keenum in favor of the Rams #1 overall draft pick Jared Goff. Fisher had reported that he had a gut feeling and that the time was right now, two days prior after stating that Keenum was still the starting quarterback and had played well against the New York Jets.
Despite the recent change of opinion of Fisher’s decision to keep Keenum as a starter, many have speculated, such as myself, that the head coach may receive an ultimatum that he once faced while he was the head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Fisher was directed to play quarterback Vince Young or else, in which Fisher refused and stuck with his decision. Owner Bud Adams decision was to release Young but retracted several days later where a mutual declaration of Fisher was resigning after 17 years with the organization.
One wonders now if “déjà vu” has struck again for Jeff Fisher! The VP of Operations Kevin Demoff or owner Stan Kroenke directed to Fisher to play Jared Goff or else? One wonders whether or not if Coach Fisher has humbled himself to protect his job in Los Angeles, where he has currently tied for the most losing coach in the NFL.
Only time will tell the outcome of these decisions, but at the end of the day, many Rams fan will be seeing for the first time this season their number draft pick. Take nothing away from Goff; it is a win/win situation for the fans because the era of the Case Keenum has come to an end. Get behind this kid Goff; he will be exciting to watch for the years to come. However, if he falls, then back up plan Sean Mannion is lurking in the midst.
Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Jared Goff, the 2016 number one overall pick of the Los Angeles Rams is expected to make his NFL debut at quarterback. Game time attendance is supposed to be well over 90,000 fans at LA Memorial Coliseum as the Rams host the Miami Dolphins.
Let it be no surprise, but speculation of the entire sports media will be viewing in on this game to be a critic of Jeff Fisher by drafting Goff and waiting late into the season to play the quarterback after subpar play of Case Keenum. However, many fans in Los Angeles are anxious to see a new quarterback leading the offense really and to witness the rookie first start as a winner or bust.
Goff’s preseason play lets say was a somewhat disappointing performance in his first game against the Cowboys. He was hit, sacked, fumbled, and threw an interception in his preseason performances. Honestly to me, he did look like he wasn’t worth the multitude of draft picks that the Rams gave up to move up in 2016 to draft Goff number one overall.
Speculating on the Dolphins defensive approach, against the Rams, expect them to try and put the young quarterback in precarious situations. Expect for the Dolphins to blitz him early and often throughout the contest. The offensive line which hasn't performed well this season will get tested first and usually by the Dolphins, a tough front four, which is led by defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.
Suh, the former number two overall pick will be probably be matched up with Rams Roger Saffold. Look for Saffold to try and maltreats Suh, provoking Suh to entertain his dirty play. Suh has received numerous fines and suspensions for kicking and stumping players. The best interest in hand, Rams offensive line will be poised enough to protect the young Goff. The Rams expect to be without their starting center Tim Barnes with a foot injury, and third-year man Demetrius Rhaney is scheduled to start his NFL debut at center for the Rams if Barnes can’t play.
Don’t expect to see Goff get rattled; he is the reigning Heisman winner and the number one overall pick. The difference of a quarterback that you will see from Goff than you would from Keenum is Goff has a quick release. Not only does Goff have an immediate release, but he also is a very accurate thrower. His collegiate number were greater every with touchdowns, passing yardage, and interceptions. Cal Bears offensive line Goff's freshman year was horrendous as he took a ton of hits and sacks. Goff should be in a familiar atmosphere on Sunday when he gets under center.
To speculate further, I will have to go out on a limb that if the offensive line protects Goff long enough to get off his passes, the kid will have a 300-yard performance with three touchdown passes. I would dare the Dolphins to try and load up the box with eight and nine men; they will not be facing a short and noodled arm quarterback such as Keenum. If the Dolphins elect to play with fire, they will get burnt!
Rams offensive coordinator Ron Boras has spoken and stated that the Rams would not scale the playbook. The playing calling would be the same as when Keenum was the quarterback. Hopefully, the plays that signaled in don’t have the same effects that have bored many fans throughout this 2016 season. The Rams receivers will stretch the field early as starting running back Todd Gurley pick up from the fourth quarter of last week game and get his first 100-yard rushing game since last season.
Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Last season, the Rams fired offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr., and on December 7, 2015, promoted tight-ends coach Rob Boras to the interim offensive coordinator position for the then St. Louis Rams.
Boras was the Rams play caller for the final four games of the season in which the offense had immediate success winning three out of their last four games. The new renown offense seemed to be the direction the Rams were seeking, as where Cignetti’s offense was conservative and predictable.
Jeff Fisher’s comfortability of the direction that the Rams offense had finished last season didn’t entertain the thought of hiring a marquee name offensive coordinator; and on February 25, 2016, Rob Boras was named the permanent offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams.
Boras offensive magic didn’t transcend over to the 2016 football season. The Los Angeles Rams opened up the 2016 season against their NFC divisional rival San Francisco 49ers. The Rams offense was as almost a non-existence at the game that nationally televised before millions on Monday Night Football. The 49ers shut the Rams out by the score of 28-0, where questions and demands were starting to circulate throughout the Rams organization.
In week two the Rams offensive woes continued as the offense was able to move the ball enough to keep the Seattle Seahawks offense off the field in a defensive battle with the Rams winning 9-3. Week three Rams, the offense advanced as the Rams moved the ball down the field and earned a nail-biter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Week four, Rams went into Arizona and upset the highly favored Cardinals winning they're third consecutive.
Week five, the Rams offensive woes continued, reminiscing the days of Frank Cignetti. Boras play calling seemed to be a repetitive script that not only the opposing defenses were facing, but the Rams fans as well. Quarterback Case Keenum showed some shades of a starting quarterback, but quickly started turning over the ball for the next several games.
The Rams fans have reached the level of boredom from the offensive play calling of Boras and the poor play of Keenum, during the last home game. The boo-birds chants started and the demands for the Rams number one overall draft pick, Jared Goff, to be submitted into the contest.
The Rams lost their last week contest against the Carolina Panthers, where the defensive unit kept the Rams close by sacking Cam Newton five times. The combination of the Boras play calling, and Keenum’s interceptions were just enough to extend the Rams losing streak to four games.
The offensive unit needs to bring intensity and a spark for the Rams on Sunday against the New York Jets. The Rob “Bore-us” playing calling has created boredom for the fans as the chants will continue for rookie quarterback Jared Goff and, “fire Jeff Fisher!”
Look for the Rams to pass heavy against the Jets stout defensive front, as the offensive line needs to play a flawless game. If the line can contain the pass rush of the Jets, Rams will score over 24 points for the game and will look to put an end to the current losing streak.
Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
At the Los Angeles Rams postgame interviews, it was apparent that several media personnel were wholly disturbed with comments that Rams head coach Jeff Fisher stated. The media was challenging as well as asking Fisher about the contradicting statements he made in London in regards to the quarterback situation with the Rams.
The Los Angeles Rams suffered yet once again another close loss on Sunday at the hands of the Carolina Panthers. The game was a low scoring contest that didn’t have much excitement for both sides on the field. There were only two touchdowns scored in the game; the Panthers scored on their second drive with Cam Newton connecting with his wide-open tight-end Greg Olsen. Early in the fourth quarter Lance Kendrick dropped a touchdown pass hitting him between the numbers. The Rams scored their only touchdown with just 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter, where quarterback Case Keenum connected with Wide receiver Kenny Britt on a fourth-down touchdown pass.
What concerned the 86,000 plus fans that packed the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on yesterday was once again the lack of offensive performance. The boo birds were out often and early whenever Keenum's in-completed passes hit the ground. The chants of, “We want Goff,” roared from the stands. What seems to amazes me the most, was the comments that head coach Jeff Fisher stated at the Rams post-game interviews. Fisher noted that he did not hear any chants from the stands of what the fans were lobbying. Let’s back up one moment, earlier it was mentioned that it was 86,00 fans in the stands, even the neighboring stores heard the chants, so how did Fisher not understand?
The Rams offense has taken a downward spiral, and their final destination may end up below sea level. It is very apparent that Fishers welcome back home to Los Angeles has worn out with many Ram fans. The team play doesn’t change soon, such as replacing Keenum at quarterback. The many faithful fans that supported this team moving back to L.A. will turn their back on them until Fisher fired as head coach. The waiting process will take a few years, once owner Stan Kroenke became the CEO of this team, he quickly brought in Fisher ignoring other qualifying coaches for this team. Money in the bank is safer for Coach Fisher then peas in the pots for the million of Rams fans.