Los Angeles Rams have to love irony of Keenum, Foles in NFC Championship

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Believe it or not, two former quarterbacks of the Los Angeles Rams will be squaring off in the NFC Championship with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Entering the playoffs, one of the main jokes from the NFC playoff picture involved the irony behind three of the six starting quarterbacks having a connection to Jeff Fisher from his days coaching the Los Angeles Rams. While Jared Goff was the current starter for the Rams after leading the team to the No. 3 seed, Case Keenum (Minnesota Vikings) and Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles) would be participating in the playoffs as well.

To top the irony off, Goff was eliminated early on after Los Angeles fell to the Atlanta Falcons in the Wild Card Round while Keenum and Foles will be squaring off against each other this weekend when the Vikings travel to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Eagles in the NFC Championship. So after all of those years dealing with quarterback issues under Fisher, Rams fans can’t help but laugh over the fact that two of former coach’s starters will be facing each other for the chance to represent the conference in Minnesota during this year’s Super Bowl.

While Keenum joined the Vikings in the offseason since there was no hope of him starting with the Rams since the team surrendered a future first-round pick to land the former California star, Foles was actually traded to the team back in 2015 when the Eagles acquired Sam Bradford. And if that wasn’t ironic enough, let’s not forget that Bradford was eventually traded to Minnesota in 2016 in exchange for a first-round pick, as the team felt confident enough in starting Carson Wentz, who Foles is filling in for, as a rookie.

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All things considered, these are the kinds of storylines that can’t be made up in the NFL, and it’s amazing to think about that Philadelphia and Minnesota are in a similar situation when it comes to their current starters, who began the years as backups, formerly working with Fisher. Of course, when looking at the difference in success for the two quarterbacks with the Eagles and Vikings, it’s even more clear how awful of a coach Fisher was with the Rams since he had every opportunity in the world to get the best from both Foles and Keenum, only to disappoint in the end.