While many hoped the Los Angeles Rams would be able to come out strong following the bye week, not much has changed after a frustrating 13-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Once again, the offense failed to capitalize on a strong performance from a defense that sacked Cam Newton four times and held the Panthers to under 275 yards of total offense.
Although the Rams offense as a whole has proved to be incredibly flawed, the brunt of the blame has seemingly been placed on quarterback Case Keenum. Now, the fans have voiced their frustration for a change of signal caller according to Kelli Bartik of WCCB-TV:
Fans in LA chanting "we want Goff." I think I even heard some "tebow tebow"s on tv broadcast. Bless.
— Kelli Bartik (@KelliBartik) November 6, 2016
In a game full of blown opportunities, costly penalties, and overall bad play-calling, it is difficult to pin the blame on just one player in particular. At this point, however, head coach Jeff Fisher’s constant attempts to defend Keenum have gotten a bit repetitive, especially during his post-game press conference:
“We’re going to lick our wounds here and it’s still fresh I’m going to look at the tape but I would submit that Case [Keenum] was not the reason we lost this game today,” Fisher said. “We just didn’t make plays.”
Los Angeles could not capitalize on any opportunities given to them by the Panthers, including two missed field goals by Greg Zurlein, a drop in the end-zone by Lance Kendricks, and a failed fourth-and-one conversion in enemy territory.
The Rams coaching staff now faces a crossroads on whether to leave Keenum in for the time being or roll the dice on rookie Jared Goff.