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Rams mailbag: So it's time to 'flip the switch,' does that mean Goff is on the way?

Rams mailbag: So it's time to 'flip the switch,' does that mean Goff is on the way?
Rams quarterbacks Case Keenum (17) and Jared Goff (16) take the field before a game against the Panthers on Nov. 6. (Ryan Kang / Associated Press)

The Rams play the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, the first of three road games in the next four weeks.

The Rams, coming off a defeat by the Carolina Panthers, are 3-4 and have lost four games in a row.

The Jets are 3-6. They lost last week to Miami, but have won two of their last three games.

Now, on to your questions. Keep them coming at  @latimesklein  or gary.klein@latimes.com

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Jeff Fisher told his team this week that it was time to “flip the switch.”

We’ll see if it inspired the players. From reading the tweets, it definitely motivated fans to dial up the intensity — and humor — in voicing their concerns.

Jared Goff typically wears a cap and stands along the sideline when the Rams have the ball. When the Rams are on defense, he often sits on the bench next to Keenum reviewing information on a tablet computer.

If Keenum continues to struggle, Goff might finally get his chance to play.

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We won’t know where Jared Goff is from a developmental standpoint until he’s taking snaps during games.

There are numerous examples of how a change at quarterback can positively change the fortune of a team. Of course, there also are countless examples of when it had no effect.

Goff is taller than Case Keenum and typically throws the ball with more velocity. He cannot match Keenum’s experience or knowledge of the offense.

But the Rams offense, regardless of who is playing quarterback, could use more weapons. Perhaps more important, it needs the line to block effectively and get the running game going. If that happens, running back Todd Gurley can develop a rhythm and take some of the pressure off the passing game.

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The Rams do not have a lot to lose by playing Goff.

They want to remain in the playoff hunt so perhaps there is concern about playing a rookie over a more experienced game manager. But Goff appears to have the physical skills that can help win games, especially if a late drive is required.

At this point, there is no way to know if he can handle those kinds of situations mentally. That’s one of the arguments for playing him. To find out.

Goff is taller than Keenum, is capable of delivering the ball with some zip and in college showed good footwork in the pocket. But Keenum, who is older, appears stronger, faster and more elusive.

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The coaching staff — Fisher, offensive coordinator Rob Boras and quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke — is responsible for developing Goff.

Since the regular season began, I don’t think Fisher has said Goff is not ready. That’s the implication when he continually repeats that Goff will play “when he is ready.”

But I think that more accurately means “He will play when I’m ready to make that call.”

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This question, I believe, is in response to Coach Jeff Fisher’s review of penalties called against the Rams during the loss to the Panthers.

“Yeah, statistically, we had 10,” he said. “I would acknowledge maybe six of them.”

Fisher’s assessment of penalties against his team has become something of a staple in his day-after news conferences.

Acknowledged or not, they cost the Rams.

The team is averaging 8 ½ penalties per game.

The bottom line: They need to reduce the infractions that have plagued them in all phases.

gary.klein@latimes.com

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