Jeff Fisher Confirms Case Keenum Will Start vs. Jets, Comments on Jared Goff

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback  Case Keenum #17 (L) and Jared Goff #16 (R) of the Los Angeles Rams warm up before their home opening NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Rams have lost four games in a row, but there won't be a change at starting quarterback when they take the field on Sunday against the 3-6 New York Jets.

Coach Jeff Fisher said on Monday Case Keenum will remain the starter over No. 1 draft pick Jared Goff, per Myles Simmons of the team's official website.

"Jared's improving. But Case, right now, especially against this defense, gives us our best chance," Fisher said, per Simmons.

Goff warmed up during Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers but never saw the field. Chris Wesseling of NFL.com noted Keenum was dealing with an injury to his non-throwing arm but didn't miss a snap during the game.

On Monday's Good Morning Football, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport (via Wesseling) reported the 3-5 Rams don't plan on switching to Goff as long as they are still in the postseason race.

That may be the plan, but fans are growing restless.Dan Hanzus of NFL.com noted many fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum booed Keenum during Sunday's game, and at least one chanted for Tim Tebow.

Keenum, who has nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions on the season, threw four picks during a 17-10 loss to the New York Giants before Sunday's defeat.

While the Rams thought Goff had enough talent to justify making him the No. 1 pick out of California, Steve Wyche of NFL Network pointed out the rest of the offense isn't operating at a functional level to support the rookie.

Los Angeles ranks an abysmal 30th in the league in rushing yards per game, and running back Todd Gurley is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. According to Football Outsiders, the offensive line was the 25th-best run-blocking unit and 19th-best pass-blocking unit in the NFL through Week 8.

Goff has yet to throw a pass at the NFL level, but Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reported he has taken some first-team reps during practice.

If the Rams keep losing, they will quickly fall out of playoff contention. Then fans may finally get a glimpse at the future.

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