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Evolution of the Starting quarterback: A Case study on Keenum

Modified 21 Jun 2018, 18:21 IST

Wretched Rams Stint

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After the 2014 stint with the Texans, Keenum was traded back to Rams in 2015 offseason. But, Rams surprised by also making a deal for Nick Foles from Philadelphia Eagles on the same day making him the starter and Keenum the backup.

But, now what evidenced to be a bad coaching job with the Rams, Foles had a bad 2015 season paving way for the Keenum halfway through the season. Keenum's debut with the Rams though was not memorable, which led to him being continued to play when he was clearly concussed, which led to a new rule for the concussions where a doctor from the booth can call off a player if they think he is not able to continue.

Keenum came back from the concussion to play the final 3 games, winning all three including the one against one of the best defenses in Seattle. His best game though came in a Thursday night Matchup against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are 0-3 against Keenum, where he had a near perfect game with a 153 rating.

After a third straight 7-9 season, then Rams head coach Jeff Fisher named Keenum the incumbent starter for 2016 season. But, a few days before the draft Rams are traded for the number one overall pick in 2016 draft and eventually picking Jared Goff as their future franchise quarterback.

Keenum did start the 2016 week 1 as the starter, which also is the first season back for the team in Los Angeles, but had a forgetful start with a shutout loss to a bad San Fransico 49ers team. But the next three games Keenum committed fewer mistakes and helping them win all the three games racing off to a 3-1 start on the top of NFC West.

But things went downhill from there for Keenum and the Rams, they would go on to lose the next four games with a combination of bad coaching and bad execution by the players. Keenum did not have a good offensive line or a running game from Todd Gurley, who had a sensational rookie season in 2015. With pressure on all his shoulders and having a sub-par receiver didn't help Keenum and Rams' chances.


Rams lost all the other games under Jared Goff which led to the firing of Head Coach Jeff Fisher. Rams decided not to resign Case Keenum in 2017 offseason, leading him to sign to a veteran minimum with Minnesota Vikings as an insurance who have quarterbacks with injury histories.

Despite having a disappointing end to his Rams tenure, Keenum boasts a .500 tenure with a terrible Rams team with which former first-round picks, Sam Bradford, Jared Goff and future Superbowl MVP Nick Foles couldn't win games.

Keenum, even though didn't score too many touchdowns, didn't commit too many mistakes either. Most of the interceptions weren't his fault either. This interception against the Giants in London is the best example. Keenum clearly signals to the receiver to go to the end zone but the receiver stops short to the end zone while Keenum throws to the end zone expecting to see his receiver to be in there. When you do not have the players you can depend on there isn't much as a quarterback you can do.

Published 20 Jun 2018, 01:20 IST
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