In what was supposed to be a competitive rekindling of old division rivals turned into a complete and utter disaster for the Los Angeles Rams as they were shut out 28-0 by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. Although there were many issues that factored into the loss, perhaps the most glaring was the embarrassing offensive display led by quarterback Case Keenum.
While the offense as a whole was non-existent, many have speculated head coach Jeff Fisher’s decision to leave Keenum in the game, let alone as the starter. However, despite failing to reach scoring position even once that game, Fisher stated Keenum will remain the starter:
“I thought about it. I just wanted Case to finish it. I would have done the same had Jared been (No.) 2,” Fisher said. “I would have let Case finish it. This doesn’t change anything as far as the quarterback is concerned.”
Fisher has been adamant with Keenum as the starter ever since Los Angeles took Goff with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, so it should come as no surprise that will not change after just one game. The five-year veteran threw for just 130 yards and two interceptions. However, the most daunting statistic is the Rams were 3-for-15 on third downs and punted of 10 of their 13 possessions.
Although Fisher is locked on Keenum as the starter for now, there should be no surprise if fans start calling for a replacement should the offense continue to struggle. The Rams will look to avoid disaster next week as they make their Los Angeles debut against the Super Bowl favorite Seattle Seahawks.