Other teams’ rookie quarterback performances are not affecting the Rams’ plans for Jared Goff

Backup quarterback Jared Goff watches the closing moments of the Rams' 9-3 win over Seattle on Sept. 18.
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Coach Jeff Fisher and the Rams made a choice.

They traded to the top of the NFL draft to select a quarterback and chose Jared Goff over Carson Wentz.

Now Wentz and other rookie quarterbacks are lighting up the NFL while Goff stands on the sidelines as a backup to Case Keenum.

“I’m happy for young quarterbacks when they have success,” Fisher said Tuesday, “but we have our own sense of timing here with him.”


Wentz, who was taken No. 2 by the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas’ Dak Prescott and New England’s Jacoby Brissett are rookies who have played well and won games. Cleveland’s Cody Kessler also has started.

“The quarterbacks are having success because of injuries,” Fisher said. “As I mentioned last week, had we not had the injuries that we did in the league, probably all four of those quarterbacks either would be inactive or backups.”

Wentz benefited from an injury suffered by a quarterback on another team.

Teddy Bridgewater’s season-ending knee injury — suffered before the final exhibition against the Rams — thrust the Minnesota Vikings into the market for a quarterback. They acquired Sam Bradford from the Eagles, opening the door for Wentz.

Tony Romo’s back injury provided Prescott the opportunity to become the starter.

Brissett stepped in for injured Jimmy Garoppolo, who had started and won in place of suspended Tom Brady.

Kessler got his opportunity after Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown suffered injuries.