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Grading the St. Louis Rams: Quarterbacks

by Jeremy Karp

Despite it’s share of highs and lows, in the end, the St. Louis Rams finished the 2015 season with a 7-9 record, making it their ninth consecutive losing season, which also happens to be the longest active streak in the National Football League.

And with their season over, it’s time to take a look back and evaluate each position to see how they performed, one position at a time.

The first position we take a look at throughout this evaluation… is the quarterback position.

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the Rams this season was at the quarterback position, the centerpiece of the last-ranked offense in the NFL. Before the season, the Rams traded their original “franchise quarterback” in Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles for Nick Foles, who in 2013 only have thrown two interceptions during the season. And while Bradford didn’t exactly have a tremendous season with the Eagles, who finished 7-9, Foles was benched more than once over the course of the year in favor of back-up quarterback Case Keenum.

In games he started (11), the Rams finished with a record of 4-7, while they were 3-2 in games started by Keenum, and helped the Rams win three out of five games after they were tumbling out of the playoff race.

Foles missed open wide receivers, had his worst game of his career during week five when he threw four interceptions in a loss to the Green Bay Packers, and finished the season with a measly 69.0 quarterback rating (which was 33rd out of 35 quarterbacks eligible for ranking). He will need to make major progress over the course of the off-season to perform up to expectations.

Essentially, to put it in simple terms… Keenum played like the quarterback that Foles was expected to be.

 

Grade: D

 

 

(Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

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