“Kind of a lot of different emotions at that time,” Keenum said. “Nick’s one of my best friends. We’ve been fighting hard together to play the best that our position can play. I have the utmost respect for Nick. That’s the first person that I talked to after Coach Fisher told us. We have a great relationship and I have his back no matter what. Nobody cares more about this team, loves the guys on this team, respects the guys on this team.
“If you guys would’ve heard the speech he gave Saturday night before the game the other night, it moved me. One of the best I’ve ever heard pregame. Just one of the best guys I know. Nothing changes between us. Maybe a few different snaps here and there. We’re going to go forward like we always have. Getting ready to play, watching film, talking through plays with each other, getting things ready to go and looking at Baltimore.”
The Rams (4-5) have lost two straight games and have one of the worst offenses, statistically speaking, in the league. After their 37-13 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears on Sunday, the rams now rank 31st in the NFL in both points (18.4 per game) and total yards (309.6) and 32nd in passing yards (178.7).
Foles had thrown just one touchdown pass in his last four games.
Now Keenum, who has played in just one game with the Rams and has yet to attempt a pass with the team, is the starting quarterback — adding another chapter to what has been a strange career so far.
“Yeah, I’ve been on a lot of sides of the quarterback position, in this business especially,” Keenum said. “I’ve been named the starter after a guy that gets injured or whatever it is. I’ve been a backup now for a while. I’ve been replaced as a starter. I’ve been a No.4 guy on one team and then starting the next week for another team.
“I’ve kind of been through it all. You have to be ready when you get a chance. I’m ready. I’ve been prepared and that’s what I do every week, is I get ready to play. I’m excited for my chance, I really am. I’m excited to go out there and compete again. You don’t get many chances to play in this league. I definitely count it as a blessing. To have a second chance to come out and compete is incredible.”