Vikings’ Case Keenum ready to face Rams and the quarterback who took his job, Jared Goff
By Rich Hammond
THOUSAND OAKS — Act one: Scrappy underdog leads group until challenged by young, blond hero.
Act two: Deposed but unbowed, scrappy underdog leaves town to join group of Norsemen in purple.
Act three? By all accounts, Case Keenum and Jared Goff are set to act it out, in an epic anniversary of one of the most important weeks in Rams recent history. A year ago, Goff unseated Keenum as the Rams’ quarterback. Now, Goff is set to face Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings on the road Sunday.
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“It’s a funny game and it’s a crazy business,” Keenum said in a conference call Wednesday, “but that’s what makes this so cool, is that this is two really good football teams that are going against each other, and great defenses, and some offenses that have done well. It’s a fun story.”
Goff completed a normal practice Wednesday at Cal Lutheran. Exactly one year earlier, his life changed. That’s when then-coach Jeff Fisher entered a meeting room on a Tuesday morning and told Goff that he’d be taking over for Keenum, nine games into a Rams season that already had spiraled into despair.
The move, inevitable as the next drip of a leaky faucet, started major motion. Fisher got fired, Keenum left via free agency, and Goff, after a rickety seven-game debut, has guided the Rams to stunning success. It’s been a wild year for Goff, from winless rookie to quarterback of a 7-2, first-place team.
“I shot him a text the other day,” Goff said of Keenum. “We’re both excited for it. Happy to get a chance to see him again and say […]