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The Los Angeles Rams traded up 14 spots to select QB Jared Goff with the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft back in June.
Finally, on Tuesday, coach Jeff Fisher decided to take the shackles off Goff and name him as the starting quarterback, replacing Case Keenum.
“It’s time,” Fisher said. “It’s time to move on.”
“I don’t want to say it’s a new era, a new start,” Fisher said, “but in a lot of ways it is.”
Under Keenum, the Rams posted the lowest-scoring unit in the entire league. Through the first nine games of the season, he had just nine touchdowns to go along with 11 interceptions, and his 76.7 passer rating ranks 30th in the NFL.
Despite all that, Keenum was still unhappy about losing his job and felt like the team belonged to him, as he stated Wednesday after his second practice as the backup.
“Honestly, I wasn’t happy,” Keenum said Wednesday after his second practice as the backup to the 22-year-old rookie who will take his first NFL snap Sunday.
“I want to play,” Keenum said. “That’s why I play football, is to play football, is to be the quarterback, the guy with the ball in his hands. With that being said, I trust Coach (Jeff) Fisher. I trust the coaches and their decision.”
“I guess it was going to happen at some point,” said Keenum, who has completed 61 per cent of his throws with 11 interceptions and nine TDs. “But in my mind, it was my team. That’s the way I viewed it. It was my offense, and I took ownership of it.”