Case Keenum on Week 1 struggles: ‘I think I was seeing ghosts’
To say that Case Keenum struggled mightily in the Los Angeles Rams’ 28-0 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night would be an understatement. In fact, it was downright spooky (more on that later).
A night in which Keenum went 17-for-35 for 130 yards passing with two interceptions — while posting the lowest passer rating of any quarterback with 34.2 — will have that effect.
The 28-year-old quarterback’s struggles continued when trying to explainthe source of his woeful performance. Speaking to reporters this week, Keenum jokingly alluded to how supernatural forces in a sense were negatively impacting his play.
“I think I was seeing ghosts,” Keenum said, via The Los Angeles Times. “I was seeing things that weren’t there. I wasn’t trusting myself and my abilities.”
The revelation from NFL Network’s Steve Wyche about one 49ers player’s claim that the defense knew what route trees the Rams were runningsimply from the offensive alignment and motion wasn’t helping matters for Keenum, either.
But the embattled Keenum insists the problems are in his head, arguably not an encouraging development.
“It was me overthinking it: ‘Maybe they were going to this because of this, this and this,’” he said. “Just trust what you see and let it fly, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Keenum will indeed be allowed to “let it fly,” as it were, in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, as Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said his anointed starter is in no danger of losing his job. Given No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff was a healthy inactive in Week 1 and Keenum’s backup currently is Sean Mannion, the case can be made Fisher has little choice in the matter at this point anyway.
What has to concern the Rams most, though, is how Goff apparently is so ill-prepared for the NFL game he can’t even be a backup at this point. And that realization goes far beyond the matter of Keenum “seeing ghosts” (even metaphorically speaking), as troubling as that may be for the Rams. Downright frightening, even.