Hard not to cheer for former Rams quarterbacks Keenum and Foles


Case Keenum and Nick Foles are two quarterbacks who will face each other in the NFC Championship Game. As former QB’s for the Los Angeles Rams, it’s a great story they are crafting in Minnesota and in Philadelphia.

It has been a curious playoff season through two weekends. Even with the Los Angeles Rams eliminated last Saturday night, two former quarterbacks remain with games against one another in the NFC Championship. A bit of redemption after being part of Jeff Fisher’s LA / St. Louis fail.

Both won late, and both could just as easily be watching on TV next Sunday if not for a bit of late game magic. Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles got a late stop on an incomplete pass from Matt Ryan, and Case Keenum got a nod from the Vikings Gods on a walk-off, game winning touchdown.

Sometimes it happens like that, and for these two, it’s hard not to feel good it happened to them.

As the Rams parted ways with both in 2016, Foles before the preseason began, and Keenum during the offseason, finding them in this position this late in the playoff run is perhaps a sign of how much better they are away from dysfunction and with a brighter future ahead.

And yes, it could also only be a charmed kind of run.

But don’t both deserve that run all things being equal?

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It should be no coincidence that both Keenum and Foles, and certainly Rams QB Jared Goff, have discovered success in the aftermath of their former coach.

Both Goff and Keenum even found a bit of MVP talk as the regular season neared an end.
But of all three, there is something especially satisfying to see Keenum find this sudden good fortune. It was ugly for him last year, and at what point in the Vikings 2017 season was he ever, truly their bonafide starter?

I mean, even if he finds himself in the Super Bowl, there is no guarantee he’ll be back in Minnesota as they seem all but sold on Teddy Bridgewater.

That’s kind of the deal for his career.

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However it wraps up for those two, and knowing only one will advance, Keenum is one who seems on some trajectory to be the ultimate feel good story in the NFL this season.

Either way, it couldn’t happen to two better former Rams.