Just weeks ago, it seemed that the St. Louis Rams might have found a potential long-term replacement at quarterback in the form of Austin Davis. Now after major struggles in his last three games, head coach Jeff Fisher has made the decision to bench Davis in favor of veteran backup Shaun Hill (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch).
The move comes after the team’s 31-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and could very well be met with skepticism by Rams fans, most of whom will likely view this as going back to square one.
No one in their right mind believes that Hill, who has started 27 games in nine NFL seasons, is the long-term solution here. His upside just isn’t there, especially if you compare the veteran to Davis.
But the major issue here is that Davis hasn’t performed anywhere near the level of a competent starting quarterback in recent weeks. Since a Week 7 win over the Seattle Seahawks, the former undrafted free agent has thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions while putting up 481 total yards in 79 pass attempts.
Hill won the starting job out of camp when Sam Bradford went down with another ACL injury. But he was injured early in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
This decision makes it pretty clear that the Rams don’t view Davis as the long-term solution and will likely look for a quarterback early in the 2015 NFL draft.
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