The Rams gambled with quarterback Nick Foles, and they lost everything. Head Coach Jeff Fisher seemed to have found the new franchise quarterback for the Rams with Foles, but it’s going to be another off-season back to the drawing board. Should the Rams draft another quarterback? What about the free agency market? Another trade? Or what about someone named Case Keenum?
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Fisher named Keenum the starting quarterback after the end of the season, but that basically means nothing as now there will be another quarterback battle come training camp. Currently on the quarterback depth chart, the Rams have Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Sean Mannion. Foles has proven with last seasons performance he should be nowhere near the starting role, so it’s up to Keenum and Mannion for the starting job.
The Rams can still add another quarterback with the draft and free agency, but should they build an offense around either of those QB’s? It’s been very quiet in the Rams free agency hunt for a quarterback as there has not been any news of any QB visiting the facility or the team showing interest.
With the Rams not making any quarterback moves so far, they could be looking at the upcoming draft. However with the 15th pick in the draft, they may get the short end of the stick with QB’s. Most Mock Drafts have the Rams now drafting a WR. Laquon Treadwell or Josh Doctson will easily be an upgrade for the Rams if they were to draft them.
Don’t be surprised if Fisher is already planning to build around Case Keenum. Number 17 did lead the Rams to a 3-2 record under him. In those five games, Keenum completed an average of 15 passes along with 165 yards. Keenum would finish the season with 4 touchdowns and 1 Interception. Now if the Rams were to build around him, Keenum is ready to take the leading role in the offense. In the off-season Keenum has already talked about how Fisher does believe in him.
"“It’s the first time that I’ve had a coach believe in me through the offseason like this,” Keenum said. “So, I’m excited about the position that I’m in and the position the team is in. I think we’re poised to make that next step and be a playoff contender.”"
When the Rams had their first team meeting in Los Angeles, the media was quick to asked Keenum, “Do you feel like the rest of this roster looks at you no matter what Fisher and Snead said yes you are our starting quarterback, do they see you this way”
"“I really don’t want to answer questions for other guys, but you know I want to be the leader this team needs me to be, and the leader I know how to be. It’s not just on the field on Sunday, it’s off the field, in meeting rooms, training room, weight room – all those things are very important to me” – Case Keenum"
The Rams also never gave the opportunity to let Keenum take control of the offense. If none of the free agent or upcoming quarterbacks fit the Rams offense, why not build an offense around a quarterback until the mean time? Either way entering into training camp, Keenum does have the upper hand, and even has 100 percent trust from wide receiver Tavon Austin. Don’t be shocked if Case Keenum is the Rams starting QB in 2016.