The Los Angeles Rams will not be switching up the quarterback depth chart, at least not as far as the starter is concerned. Head coach Jeff Fisher said that Monday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers “doesn’t change anything as far as quarterbacks are concerned.”
Case Keenum started the game for the Rams and he did not play well. He completed 17 of 35 passes for 130 yards and two interceptions with no touchdowns. The Rams were consistently stopped by San Francisco’s defense, and starting running back Todd Gurley only managed 47 yards on 17 touches, not at all helped by the lack of a real passing threat.
As the game progressed, the 49ers stopped the run more and more without the threat of Keenum doing something in the passing game. On the other side, Blaine Gabbert threw a touchdown and had 170 yards for the 49ers.
Fisher said he was considering switching to Sean Mannion late in the game, but he let Keenum stay out there.
Keenum beat out Mannion and 2016 first overall pick Jared Goff for the role. The Rams said prior to the game that they hoped Goff, who reports say has not picked up the offense as quickly as the team would like, would end up swapping roles with Mannion, who served as the backup, as soon as possible. Goff attended the game in street clothes while punter Johnny Hekker served as the emergency third quarterback.