Remember back in the winter of 2015 when the Rams and the Eagles swapped their starting? The often injured Sam Bradford went to the Eagles and the Rams received Nick Foles in return. There was aRams quarterback Nick Foles by 101sports.com
honeymoon period between the Rams and their newly acquired quarterback. He impressed him so much that they gave him a contract extension. Well, honeymoons do end and their realities of the marriages begin to take over and you the person that you married has been taken over by some monstrous beast.
The regular season left the Rams in that same predicament. They thought they had a superstar. Someone, who would breathe new life into their almost dead offense. Instead, Foles turned out to be so bad that they pulled him late in and replaced with Case Keenum. Unfortunately, they pulled him to late in the season to even be able to try salvage it and at least end up and have their first winning season since the early 2000’s.
This all took place back in St Louis, but now, that they are in Los Angles things there seems that the marriage between the Rams and Foles seem to be ending. Right now, I would call this a separation before their divorce. Foles has been avoiding the voluntary OTAs. Why has he been avoiding them?
Because the Rams have found a new interest in younger quarterback named Jared Goff. Yes, Foles has been replaced.
Let me add that it is not only Goff that seems to be pushing out of the Rams’ home but also another quarterback named Dylan Thompson. He signed with the forty-niners last year as an undrafted free agent to their practice squad. They released him last month. Thompson could find a spot on this team should the Rams cut or trade Foles.
At this point, a divorce looks to be on the horizon, and Foles is helping to become a reality by avoiding OTAs.
I would like to share what head coach Jeff Fisher has to say about Foles avoiding OTAs.
“We’re on the same page and trying to work things out.” Said Fisher after the team’s workout. “That’s all I can say…” He adds “We talked again,” Fisher said. “I think Nick has the feeling that if things stay the same, he’s probably not going to be on the roster.” Josh Webb’s article at the LA Rams Report. Here is link to that article.
Fisher does also mention that the OTAs are voluntary and they have three quarterbacks to give reps. Fisher’s comment about Foles not making the roster fits nicely with his comment about them on the same page when you think about it. The Rams want Foles gone and he knows that they want him gone. I say they are pretty much on the same page.
Though I must be honest with you, I think the decision that the marriage between the Rams and Foles had been over since the end of last year. He showed them that he could not be trusted that is to run their offense. What makes me think so? Recalled that Rams’ GM Les Snead declared that Case Keenum would be the starting quarterback and not the incumbent Nick Foles. Even though this would be later walked back to going into preseason, it shows that there had been a discussion and decision made that Keenum had been chosen over Foles. Then the persistent pre-draft trade rumors involving Foles. Again even though they never materialized, the team never denied them nor was there no reassurance to Foles that he was still welcomed.
Yes, there is enough evidence that the marriage between the Rams and Foles will be ending in a divorce anytime now. The Rams have four quarterbacks now in OTAs and it is pretty crowded. Now if you add a fifth quarterback, it will be over crowded. Someone will be gone before camp and that person will be Foles and he knows that he will be the one gone from the team because he already admitted it. So, sometime between now and training camp he will be gone either by trade or cut. As for the money the Rams owe him well is another topic for another post.