Les Snead: Rams will have open QB competition in 2016


Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead says the franchise erred in handing the starting quarterback job to Nick Foles before the start of training camp last season.

Snead told Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Rams will have an open competition for the job in 2016 between Foles, Case Keenum, and any other quarterback that happens to be on the roster come July.

“If I learned one thing last year we should have let the quarterbacks have a competition from the start and the best man win instead of just passing the torch to Nick,” Snead said.

Foles’ success with the Philadelphia Eagles gave the Rams confidence he deserved to be the team’s starter from day one. However, it didn’t go as smoothly as the team had envisioned. Foles completed just 56.4 percent of his passes in 11 games as the team’s starter. Foles passed for 2,052 yards with just seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Snead also said the team’s receiving corps didn’t do enough to help the quarterbacks out either.

“We had a chance to win four straight at the end of the year. Every wide receiver that dressed out dropped one ball that day. You can’t have that,” Snead said.

22 responses to “Les Snead: Rams will have open QB competition in 2016

  1. Good luck selling those PSL’s with a mediocre team with no QB and a tough division. 7-8’s and 8-8’s every year. Could’ve had a up and coming team with a star defensive player and a young QB, that’s on the cusp of becoming a top 10-15 qb, who you could brand in LA. Nope you get Aaron Donald and ………..nothing.

  2. Maybe the first year that QBs come to a team they need to have a competition to determine the best guy going forward. But a team generally plays better when the locker room has a leader, someone who everyone knows is the guy, and someone who gets better every day because he’s getting all the 1st team reps. Just saying

  3. “We will have an open QB competition” is code for “we don’t have a QB”.

    But don’t worry, after yet another 7-9 or 8-8 season, Jeff Fisher will still have a job. Because somehow he never has an “open competition” for what he does.

  4. If you’re calling for an open QB competition with Case Keenum, I’d say you have a lot more problems than you’re admitting. However, this guy can’t be that dumb. I think he’s doing a little pre-draft bluffing here. The Rams are going to draft a QB, and he’s just trying to throw everybody off.

  5. Between Case Keenum and Nick Foles I’d say the Rams have their franchise QB 🙂

    Well .. maybe if they were allowed to play both. If one throws an incomplete, they get a do over and the other QB comes in.
    I’ll bet they would be great that way.

    As a potential LA RAM PSL buyer, why would you want to pay to see a franchise with no QB? With a bad QB the Rams aren’t going anywhere and it could be years before they get a good one. Especially if they are good enough to win 5 games and not have a top 3 pick. They’d have to trade up. Maybe get another Sam Bradford.

  6. They need a QB *and* a top flight WR to help prevent Gurley from being Steven Jackson 2.0, really.

  7. When are they going to try and develop Sean Mannion who they drafted in the 3rd rd last year?

  8. this team is truly just a qb away heres the problem an open competition between foles and keenum will still leave the rams a qb away as they both pretty much suck lets hope they find a starter in FA or the draft. will a 1st and 2 2nds they should be able to get a qb. even if he isn’t great a new qb would have to be better than fole or keenum.

  9. Rams need to upgrade the passing attack, otherwise teams are going to put extra men in the box to stop Gurley. Britt and Tavon Auston are barely adequate at WR, and that’s being kind. I can’t blame the Rams for trading Sam Bradford. He was an injury bag who couldn’t get on the field.

    L.A. REALLY NEEDS WRs who are scoring threats.

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