According to the St. Louis Rams official twitter, Coach Jeff Fisher has named Case Keenum the starting quarterback vs. the Ravens next Sunday.
Fisher states Case Keenum will be the #Rams starting quarterback.
— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) November 16, 2015
After the continued poor play by Nick Foles, this announcement certainly isn’t surprising. Foles has consistently failed to hit open receivers, make the correct reads, and deliver the ball in a timely fashion.
The main excuse that Foles has going for him is the Rams offensive line just hasn’t been very good, which is absolutely correct. At the same time, Foles consistently flushes himself out of the pocket with happy feet, and he’s failed to use proper mechanics to deliver the ball.
The best example of this came against the Chicago Bears. Foles dropped back in the red zone, and immediately pulled out of the pocket (there was almost no pressure until that happened), at which point the defense started chasing, and he threw over a wide open Lance Kendricks in the end zone. Not only did he miss the read (Kendricks was open almost immediately after the snap) but he threw off his back foot, causing the ball to sail high.
You all may like the leadership qualities he brings to the Rams (as I do); unfortunately, leadership doesn’t help if the leader can’t do his job at the NFL level. Foles consistently throws ahead, behind, or over receivers. Even on the deep completions, his receivers are having to stop and jump for the ball rather than being able to catch it in stride. To top it all off, he’s holding on to the ball far too long for a timing-based offense to be successful. Receivers are having to slow–or stop–their routes to wait for the ball to be thrown, and he’s missing the windows of separation, instead forcing it into coverage after defenders have a chance to recover and close. That type of play won’t be successful long-term in the NFL.
We’ll have to wait and see, but this may be a case of too little, too late. We’ll see how Keenum performs moving forward, but, in all honesty, it really can’t get much worse.