Backup Demetrius Rhaney would take over for Barnes, who has made 25 consecutive starts, and the Rams would have a rookie quarterback and a new center, a scary proposition.
Asked about the things he brought to the team (during his starting stint), Keenum interrupted with, "What I still bring to the team".
"I was obviously surprised", Keenum told a horde of reporters in his first public comments since the benching.
Less than a week after Case Keenum said he wants to make the Los Angeles Rams' "offense great again", he was replaced as the starting quarterback by rookie Jared Goff. A lot of good quarterbacks took their lumps last weekend, but we got confidence in him, as the offense does. He now has the keys to Ferrari, let us see how well he can drive it.
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Fisher reiterated that with Goff at the helm, the offense would be "opening up" rather than being scaled back.
Goff, the number one overall pick in the 2016 draft, started the season as the #3 quarterback on the roster.
The hope is Goff can create the spark that Keenum simply hasn't been able to provide.
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"We don't have to reduce anything and we talked as a staff last night about that", Fisher said.
That said, Keenum hadn't exactly made a compelling case to be the Rams' long-term solution at the position now leading the 30th ranked offense and last in points per game (15.4). "I just have high expectations for him".
Brockers said he has seen growth in Goff since training camp, from the way the quarterback has learned the playbook to the way he is commanding the huddle.
But the Rams can no longer afford to move forward with Keenum and a lackluster offense when Goff, a player the franchise invested so much in to draft, sits on the bench. "When he got the reps over the last three or four weeks, they were right, they were good, they were good decisions, so it was time". It is stated by Cole's source that the Rams will attempt to take pressure off of Goff by going with a run-heavy approach in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. But the fact that he's pointing to being captain seems to suggest that the Rams have not necessarily committed to Goff for the remainder of the season.
There is an air of curiosity surrounding the rookie quarterback, and not just among the fans who chanted "We want Goff!" during the November 6 game against Carolina in the Coliseum. "That's why I play football, is to play football, is to be the quarterback, the guy with the ball in his hands". "At this point, he's at the reins, so I just say, 'Let it go, don't be afraid to do what you did to get drafted". One, we feel like this is the best decision.
Keenum said he has accepted his role and would continue to do everything possible - on the field, in the film room and in the locker room - to help Goff, but Keenum retained something of a defiant streak.
We'll never know, I suppose.