The Rams drafted quarterback Jared Goff first overall in the spring, but the future face of the franchise was inactive for the team’s season opener against the 49ers. Instead, veteran Case Keenum got the start — just as coach Jeff Fisher had been saying for weeks. When it was over, Keenum was 17 of 35 for 130 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, and the Rams were blanked, 28-0, by Blaine Gabbert (!) and the 49ers.
Meanwhile, Fisher seems to be in no hurry to rush Goff on the field, even after the Eagles‘ Carson Wentz, the No. 2 pick in 2016, threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns in Week 1. Which means that the Rams, who look like one of the NFL’s worst teams, will roll with Keenum.
Next up: The Seahawks come to Los Angeles, and the hope is that Keenum can improve on a forgettable effort in San Francisco.
“I was seeing ghosts,” Keenum admitted, via ESPN.com. “I was seeing things that weren’t there. I wasn’t trusting myself and my abilities. I tried too hard. I just have to let the game come to me, take what the defense gives me, trust my teammates — they do a great job — and get the ball out of my hands to the right place.”
If Keenum was seeing ghosts against the 49ers, we have no idea what kind of nightmares he can expect from Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. And if he and the Rams’ offense can find a way to slow the Seahawks’ pass rush, there’s the issue of trying to crack one of the league’s best secondaries. Against the 49ers, Keenum struggled to throw anything other than short passes, a reality that won’t be an easy fix this Sunday.
“Just trust what you see and let it fly,” Keenum said. “That’s what I’m going to do — I’m going to trust. That’s a word I’m going to use this whole week — trust. That’s trust my protection, that’s trust my mechanics, my rules, my footwork, and trust what I see, trust the guys out there, get the ball into the hands of those guys that can make plays.”
Whatever happens, Keenum will remain atop the depth chart.
“I feel like I can help this team, but it’s up to the coaches,” said Goff, who added that he is merely trying to help Keenum in any way possible. “I’ll be ready whenever that time comes.”
In related news, Fisher is 27-37-1 with the Rams in four consecutive losing seasons.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Rams’ Case Keenum says he was ‘seeing ghosts’ vs. 49ers, will start in Week 2