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Case Keenum was “seeing ghosts” against 49ers

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Case Keenum #17 of the Los Angeles Rams is tackled by Jimmie Ward #25 and DeForest Buckner #99 of the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Rams gave up a lot to move up to the first overall pick so that they could select quarterback Jared Goff, but a competition for the starting job with Case Keenum never really got going in the spring or summer.

Sticking with Keenum raised questions about the price paid to get Goff before the regular season started and they didn’t quiet down after the Rams were routed 28-0 by the 49ers on Monday night. Keenum was 17-of-35 for 130 yards and two interceptions in a dismal performance that wasn’t enough for coach Jeff Fisher to contemplate going in another direction.

The pressure for Fisher to change course will only grow with more performances like we saw on Monday. Keenum says that the key to doing a better job will be for him to have more trust in what he’s seeing unfold on the field in front of him.

“I was seeing ghosts,” Keenum said, 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.”

In addition to any trust issues that Keenum might have had, a 49ers defender also said that they knew what was coming when the Rams were on offense based on their formations and pre-snap movement. That’s something that will have to change for better success with any quarterback and it will have to change quickly if the Rams are going to avoid another rough day against the Seahawks this weekend.

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30 Responses to “Case Keenum was “seeing ghosts” against 49ers”
  1. ChickenTurkeySaurus says: Sep 15, 2016 11:01 AM

    Maybe try to avoid tipping your plays next time, that might explain the “ghosts.”

  2. ctiggs says: Sep 15, 2016 11:04 AM

    That’s what we do to opposing offensives we make them have illusions #goNiners #nobodyhasitbetter

  3. QB Film Room says: Sep 15, 2016 11:05 AM

    49ers were getting pressure up the A gap with stunts and LB blitzes that had the rams o line scrambling. this was all done against a Rams Offense with less than Stellar Play Design versus a zone coverage. Rams we running alot of man beaters against a zone defense

  4. kpunmusic says: Sep 15, 2016 11:10 AM

    I’m sure seeing ghosts is not what his teammates and coaches want to hear.

  5. jjb0811 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:14 AM

    Six Sense now live in the NFL!

  6. orivar says: Sep 15, 2016 11:15 AM

    Rams have no OC. No QB. No offensive line.

  7. Kelly's Chronicles says: Sep 15, 2016 11:15 AM

    Watching that game it is clear that Keenum is in over his head. Need a third stringer or camp arm he can certainly fill that need. But being a starter means its going to be a very long first season back in LA.

  8. jdthemd says: Sep 15, 2016 11:25 AM

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why Jeff Fisher keeps getting hired/stays so long as a head coach. Surely, one foot can’t make that much of a difference.

  9. RegisHawk says: Sep 15, 2016 11:27 AM

    Michael Bennett is no ghost, but he’s just as scary!!!

  10. niners816 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:32 AM

    RegisHawk says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:27 AM
    Michael Bennett is no ghost, but he’s just as scary!!!
    ——————–
    What’s scary is that JV o-line your team has. It’s about as tough as toilet paper. The Rams are going to beat Seattle 17-9.

  11. politiciansareallthesame says: Sep 15, 2016 11:33 AM

    Drug test asap

  12. TheDPR says: Sep 15, 2016 11:43 AM

    When the opponent knows what you’re doing to do that means you’re being outcoached. When Chip outcoaches you, you have a really bad coach.

  13. wolfman55h says: Sep 15, 2016 11:46 AM

    Let’s get this straight. Rams have four months to make their first round pick. They had five or six supposedly NFL caliber qbs to choose from. They pick Goff as the number one OVERALL fricking pick in the draft and he can’t even make the roster. They should have just stayed in St Louis where nobody would have heard of them.

  14. laces out says: Sep 15, 2016 11:58 AM

    Is there a pool for which week Goff makes his first start? I’m betting on week 4

  15. outdrsytype says: Sep 15, 2016 11:59 AM

    Case Keenum is the worst QB in the NFL and should have gotten cut!! What is a coach thinking to keep a guy that only throws for 130 yards and 2 picks in the NFL!!! Go back to high school and play cuz they even QB better than that. I would fire Fisher too as his head is messed up to start someone like that after getting a great rookie like Goff!! Get it together Fisher or you will be unemployed!!

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 15, 2016 12:02 PM

    The “Ghost’s Of Levi’s”, all the legendary players from the glorious years gone by who thrilled the fans in the “House That Some Contractor Built”.

  17. fumblenuts says: Sep 15, 2016 12:13 PM

    “I was seeing ghosts,” Keenum said, via ESPN.com.

    DE Frank Clark is a BIG bad fast ghost!!

  18. PhD says: Sep 15, 2016 12:16 PM

    Time to call in the disheartened child psychologist named Bruce Willis.

  19. charliecharger says: Sep 15, 2016 12:16 PM

    There is no competition at QB, and Goff will be a 15 year starter.
    I’m not a bit concerned about September, 2016. Talk to me a couple years.

  20. schmitty2 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:25 PM

    Based on what I saw Monday night and based on what the Rams have done to Russell Wilson in the past I’m thinking both QB’s are going to get straight pounded on Sunday.

  21. haywoodjablomey says: Sep 15, 2016 12:30 PM

    I see a “bounce back” game for the Rams. That nO-Line for Seattle is soft.

  22. granadafan says: Sep 15, 2016 12:30 PM

    wolfman55h says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:46 AM
    Let’s get this straight. Rams have four months to make their first round pick. They had five or six supposedly NFL caliber qbs to choose from. They pick Goff as the number one OVERALL fricking pick in the draft and he can’t even make the roster.
    ============================================

    Are you paying attention to football? Goff did make the roster. He just wasn’t active as the 3rd string QB for the first game. He’ll be active this week as the 2nd string.

    The strategy of not rushing a young QB is a sound one even if the ignorant and impatient fans get all up in arms and make foolish statements. However, Fisher made a bad PR move by making him inactive, which only attracted the ignorants like flies to poop.

  23. allforfunnplay says: Sep 15, 2016 12:40 PM

    49ers were getting pressure up the A gap with stunts and LB blitzes that had the rams o line scrambling. this was all done against a Rams Offense with less than Stellar Play Design versus a zone coverage. Rams we running alot of man beaters against a zone defense
    ——————————————————————–

    actually what looked like zone coverage was actually bracketed trap man coverage with some middle zones (when the backs stayed home).

  24. captainwhodat says: Sep 15, 2016 12:45 PM

    ah, tinseltown is so happy to hear this…actually, might make a good horror flick with just a minimum of special effects…worth looking into.

  25. fumblenuts says: Sep 15, 2016 1:11 PM

    ‘Forget about it kid, they’re ghosts’.

    ~ Pappas

  26. RegisHawk says: Sep 15, 2016 1:26 PM

    Little claranette thinks his team will do something because they won their first game…just like last year. LOL.

  27. outdrsytype says: Sep 15, 2016 1:59 PM

    Also, why the heck does that idiot coach take Gurley out on 3rd down passing plays all the time. He could gain some serious yards on catching passes out of the backfield. Look how many yards the RB from the Steelers did on third downs. Cunningham is a chump and is no Gurley. C’mon man….leave him in there!!

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 15, 2016 2:04 PM

    The ghosts were wisping unnoticed into the Ram’s huddle to steal plays and relaying them to the 49er defense.

  29. angeljperea says: Sep 15, 2016 6:59 PM

    KEEPING IT THOUGHTFULLY HONEST: After reading this article, hey 49er faithful, it looks like we finally were prepared and out coached the other team! How refreshing! It’s been while to outcoach an opponent and get a win too!

  30. nowtherearesomanybunnies says: Sep 15, 2016 9:17 PM

    I hope the good people of Los Angeles see this opportunity for what it is, and bring old-fashioned bedsheet ghost costumes to wear during the games. Or Bruce Willis masks.

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