The Los Angeles Rams continued their downward spiral in the NFC West standings after dropping their third straight game in a 17-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.
During this skid, the only consistent theme has been mistakes made at the quarterback position from Case Keenum making costly turnovers in each contest. It has appeared that his struggles hit a tipping point against the Giants as he threw a season-high four interceptions, including three in the second half that halted any chance of securing a much-needed win.
In fact, Keenum's last pair of interceptions occurred on the Rams' final two drives of the game. The first was a jump ball intended for Tavon Austin in the end zone into double coverage with just over four minutes left. The latter sealed their fate that occurred due to miscommunication between Keenum and Brian Quick leading to an easy interception for Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Although the 28-year-old is 12th in the league in passing yards (1,708), he currently has thrown the second-highest amount of interceptions (10), 27th in passer rating (77.5), 17th in yards per completion (7.21), and 27th in completion percentage (62.0). Los Angeles has flatly been unable to rely on their offense at any point this season as they rank among the least productive in the league at 30th overall, 25th in the passing game, and 29th in points per game (17.1).
Despite all that, head coach Jeff Fisher is still sticking strongly to his commitment with Keenum as the starting quarterback for at least the foreseeable future.
"I have not changed my mindset whatsoever with respect to (QB) Case (Keenum) and (QB) Jared (Goff)," Fisher said. "As I mentioned last night, Jared’s going to get some reps, which is a byproduct of the bye week. We’re moving forward."
The only change in the situation at this moment is that Goff will get some snaps with the first team on the practice field with the extended layover because of their bye week giving them nearly two weeks to prep for the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 6.
“Like I said, he’s going to get reps. I don’t feel like (QB) Case (Keenum) needs the reps Wednesday and early next week," Fisher said. " So, Jared will get those reps, which is good.”
Goff has remained the team's primary backup to Keenum since being promoted to the spot following the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. The coaching staff has continually voiced encouragement over the last few weeks about his progression on the practice field along with in the classroom during film study.
However, this hasn't necessarily translated over yet to him getting any real consideration to draw his first official NFL start or even playing time through the first seven games. The only thing that Fisher has stated in regards to Goff seeing the field is if the Rams were in the midst of a blowout.
What keeps Fisher hopeful that Keenum can turn it around is their three-game winning streak that saw his team beat playoff-caliber teams within the division in the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals.
“It’s just what I said yesterday, and what Case has done, we won three-straight games with him," Fisher said. "Yes, I understand we’ve lost three-straight, but the quarterback position, in my opinion, is not the reason why we lost the football games, nor was it yesterday. At first glance, if you look – oh, he threw four interceptions. You look at the actual plays, and as you guys know, interceptions – you can place blame wherever you want. (QB) Jared (Goff) is going to be our starter (in the future), but we’re going to continue with Case. Looking forward to a good couple weeks of preparation for Carolina.