As a longtime Rams fan its interesting to see Case Keenum and Nick Foles facing off against each other in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday. Both Foles and Keenum came to the Rams before the 2015 season to bolster the position that had been so weak in the years prior.
Unfortunately Nick Foles did not live up to the Ram’s standards he showed he could perform at during the 2013 season when he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the Philadelphia Eagles. Case Keenum took over duties near the end of the season when Foles didn’t pan out to what St. Louis thought he would be.
Keenum was named the Ram’s starter in their first year in Los Angeles right after selecting Jared Goff with the number one overall pick in the draft. Foles was no longer on the team. Case led the Rams to a 3-1 record to start the season but slowly started to decline. In week 11, Jared Goff took over the starting role.
Come the 2017 season, Foles was back on Philadelphia backing up the MVP front runner Carson Wentz. Keenum headed over to Minnesota to backup the always injured Sam Bradford while Goff remained in LA with new coach Sean McVay.
Foles came into the game against the Rams in week 14 of this season after Wentz went down with an ACL tear. He has started ever since and winds up one game away from the Super Bowl.
Case Keenum was named the Vikings starter in week 2 after Bradford went out with a knee injury. He led the Vikings to an astounding 11-3 record when he was under center. Last week he shocked the sport’s world throwing a last second touchdown to Stefon Diggs to take them to the NFC Championship game.
Jared Goff had the best season out of any of these quarterbacks yet is the first to be out of the playoffs. He now watches as his former teammate faces off against Nick Foles, the previous Ram’s quarterback.
I’m not sure if anyone predicted that these two former teammates who played on the god forsaken Rams would meet up in a Conference Championship game. Even deeper than that, the quarterback before Foles who was actually traded for Foles is the back up for Keenum in Minnesota, Sam Bradford.
It seems that if you want to be a winning quarterback in this league then you will have had to start for the Rams in the early 2010’s. Look out for Austin Davis everyone. Although out of all these quarterbacks, Goff still seems to be the best with the highest ceiling. But for now, all he can do is watch as these two quarterbacks square off and try to take their team to Super Bowl LII.