The Rams are preparing for their first season opener in L.A. since 1994.
The squad returned with high expectations, especially after earning the first overall pick in the 2016 draft and spending it on promising quarterback Jared Goff.
However, things didn’t quite develop as anticipated with the quarterback situation, and after an offseason of considerations, they’ve chosen to be down their star player for Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Goff was drafted first overall by the Rams this year, but he will likely be the team’s third QB behind Case Keenum and Sean Mannion, which is flat-out shocking.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told NFL.com that Mannion will be Keenum’s backup for Week 1, and punter Johnny Hekker will be the emergency backup. He said that Mannion and Goff could “flip” for Week 2, but the embarrassment might already be too much at that point.
For a first overall pick, Goff hasn’t impressed much in the preseason. He went 22-of-49 passing for 232 yards, sporting a 44 percent completion, as well as two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Fisher reiterated his confidence that Goff will one day be a starting QB. However, this doesn’t help much of anything.