The Los Angeles Rams quarterback situation is starting to look an awful lot like an episode of The Walking Dead. No matter how many times the front office insists that the team has their starting quarterback in the form of Case Keenum, the rumors and speculation about what the team plans to do at quarterback refuse to go away.
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It what often seems like a matter of minutes after Jeff Fisher or Les Snead make a statement to the press to kill the quarterback discussion, a new rumor rises from the grave to start the discussions all over again. Going into the off season, Rams fans everywhere were convinced that a new quarterback had to be the top priority. Fans have beating the “just a quarterback away” drum for several years now.
The to Los Angeles made that chant even stronger as there was a real belief that the move to Hollywood meant the Rams needed a big-time signal caller to be the face of their franchise. The belief immediately lead to speculation that linked the Rams to just about every quarterback entering the NFL draft. Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch were all mocked to the Rams at one time or another.
But the Rams responded to these rumors by gushing about the job Case Keenum did as a starter in 2015. They talked about how excited they were to see what Case would do in 2016. They even went as far as to state that Nick Foles would be given every opportunity to compete with Case for the starting job.
These statements didn’t put an end the quarterback rumors. Instead, conversations simply turned to the crop of free agent quarterbacks on the market. Would Los Angeles be a good place for Johnny Manziel to figure out the NFL? What about Robert Griffin III? Maybe Los Angeles would be just what he needed to recapture his rookie of the year form. Of course, these rumors were quickly put to rest as Johnny Football continued his downward spiral off the court and RGIII found a new home in Cleveland. While it was later revealed that Mike Shanahan and Jeff Fisher did discuss RGIII prior to his signing with the Browns, there was little indication that the Rams were ever really interested in either.
Instead, the Rams organization again went public with their support of Case Keenum. Hoping to put the quarterback rumors to bed, they went so far as to announce that Case would be their starting quarterback in 2016.
This did put an end to the rumors, but on temporarily, as the Rams were recently linked to yet another potential quarterbacking option earlier this week when it was reported by Benjamin Allbright that the Rams might be a potential suitor for Brian Hoyer if he were to be released or traded from the Houston Texans.
While most would probably agree this move seemed like very unlikely, it was enough to stoke the fires of the Rams quarterback rumors once more. Speculation turned back to the draft. Familiar names like Lynch and Goff began to be linked to the Los Angeles Rams all over again.
If that isn’t enough, one of the Rams’ new neighbors in Los Angeles offered up the name of one of their own as a possible candidate for the position.
Despite the continued efforts of the Rams front office to kill rumors that the organization might have interest in a new quarterback, the rumors continue to come back to life. This is not likely to change until the 2016 NFL draft comes to a close. The most Rams fans can do is just enjoy the ups and downs, the suspense and turmoil associated with the quarterback positions as they wait for this story fit for Hollywood to play out.