It wasn’t that long ago where Nick Foles took the league by storm. It was 2013, Foles started in place of an injured Mike Vick during Chip Kelly’s rookie season in the NFL. It was an instant success, Foles threw for 27 TDs which included a 7 TD performance – tying an NFL record, all this compared to just 2 interceptions which also set an NFL record for TD:INT ratio in a single season. It looked like the Eagles had their QB of the future, and a very good one at that.
As it played out, Foles would have an injury-ridden 2014 campaign and his play would come back down to earth, as many expected. That offseason Chip Kelly instrumented a blockbuster trade which sent Foles and draft picks to St. Louis as the teams swapped QBs, bringing Sam Bradford to Philly. At the time, many criticized the trade from Philly’s end as the media were quick to write off Bradford due to his string of durability concerns. As it stands now, it looks like the Eagles got the better end of the deal – even though Bradford is set to miss the next few games.
Moving forward to this point in the season, the Rams are 4-5 and on the outside looking in at a possible NFC Wildcard spot. Foles hasn’t been the QB they’ve expected as he has turned in very bland play from under center. He has eclipsed 200 passing yards in only two games this season and has just 7 passing TDs to 6 interceptions.
Filling in for Foles will be Case Keenum. Keenum is a guy that’s been around for a little bit – he has 10 career starts in Houston between 2013 and 2014 where he compiled a 2-8 record. In his career he has compiled 2,195 passing yards with 11 TD passes and 8 interceptions. Keenum brings a different playing style to the table than Foles. He’s a good who gets rid of the ball quick and can move around in the pocket and extend plays – unlike Foles. He will, however, make some mistakes due to poor decision making.
Keenum will make his first start for the Rams on the road in Baltimore this week.
You never know what to expect after a QB change in regards to their supporting cast, but I’d expect a guy like Tavon Austin to keep on with his production over the past few weeks. Keenum may even take a liking to another weapon in the Rams WR corps, while Keenum himself is going to be hard to trust despite a willingness to chase the big play.
I like what this means for Todd Gurley as it looks like the Rams will continue to run the ball with Jeff Fisher’s ground and pound style offense. Until you can trust Keenum, the offense will still revolve around the prized rookie running back.