The Rams are off to Los Angeles to resume their quest for their first playoff berth since the 2004 season and there’s no shortage of people who believe they need to upgrade at quarterback if they are going to make that happen.
This week, though, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said that the team’s plan at quarterback is to bring back Case Keenum as a starter with Nick Foles getting a chance to compete for the job he had to open the 2016 season. While this is a time of year when teams say a lot of things that wind up playing out differently, General Manager Les Snead’s comments back up the suggestion that the Rams could roll that way.
Snead called re-signing free agent cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins, safety Rodney McLeod and linebacker Mark Barron the team’s top priority in free agency. He backed up that position by pointing out that only one of the 21 quarterbacks to make 45 starts since the start of the 2012 season has a winning record in games that saw their teams allow 25 points.
“If your team gives up 17 or less than 17 points, all 21 of those guys have winning records,” Snead said, via the Los Angeles Daily News. “It’s not just one variable to win in this league. There’s a lot. The quarterback is important, but there is a lot of other things that are important, too.”
The flip side of that is that quarterbacks who aren’t very good don’t get a chance to start that many games regardless of the quality of their defense, something the Rams should know well after losing six games last season while allowing less than 25 points in a game. Those losses weren’t all on Keenum and Foles and a good defense is certainly vital to success in the NFL, but it’s not hard to see where better quarterbacking would have made a difference for a 7-9 Rams team.