If you happened to stumble upon a 10-minute interview the current Rams’ No. 1 quarterback did with Fred Roggin and Leeann Tweeden during the Tuesday afternoon “L.A. Today” show on KLAC-AM (570), that should have come across more than a couple of times.
But if asked to measure your interest or likeability of Keenum based on what you’ve seen through the first couple episodes of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” you may have little to no opinion at all.
Leading up to Tuesday’s middle installment of the five-part series, the recurring story line each week is some variation on: How long will it be before No. 1 overall pick and rookie Jared Goff is ready to be the top QB?
When Keenum was asked Tuesday on the radio about whether he’s bothered by the Goff talk or even notices the “Hard Knocks” cameras around, he replied: “Oh, you definitely notice them. They’re in your face and everywhere including our quarterback meeting room, security cameras like ‘Big Brother’ following you around. but it’s great to have people excited about us and we’re excited about being here. We’re enjoying every second of it.”
The cameras were more than just in his face during Tuesday’s third episode. They were in his apartment kitchen, as his wife, Kimberly, was trying to help him memorize the complicated huddle calls by reading them aloud to Case as she was cooking.
Recall back in the first episode how Goff struggled learning the language of the NFL quarterback, and stumbled as he tried to repeat it back in the huddle.
At this point in the process, no matter how hard the Rams may want Goff to accelerate the maturation process, the media may be revealing that Keenum has been a much smarter bet to be put in charge.
Of course, there are two more exhibitions, and two more “Hard Knocks” episodes that could twist things up otherwise.
What else was learned from this new episode:
= If Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is at all interested in rehabilitating his national image four years after his indefinite NFL suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints’ “Bountygate” scandal (only to be reinstated a year later), it’s a bit surprising how much he doesn’t seem to care that cameras are on him during his grinding, expletive-laced tirades directed at several players.
During this last episode, however, he seems to try to frame it more as “tough love” moments, including a time when he capped off his outburst with a message like: “People that have enabled you your whole life, they’re disabling you for your future.”
During the Rams-Kansas City exhibition game at the Coliseum, Williams is also seen going ballistic at linebacker Brandon Chubb for not acknowledging that he kept calling his name in the wireless helmet communication device. Afterward, Williams tells Chubb: “If I didn’t like you, I wouldn’t holler at you.”
Maybe Chubb can offer Williams the T-shirt he wore during a scene where he was bowling, one with big letters reading “I NEED MY SPACE” with the NASA logo on it.
= If the Rams do end up dropping rookie receiver Austin Hill, it definitely won’t please any of the viewers who have become attached to his young daughter, Rielyn. Not that it should matter. But it will.
= Finally, more camera time for Mike Singletary, the Hall of Fame linebacker and former San Francisco 49ers head coach who is on head coach Jeff Fisher’s staff as a special assistant. Just having his presence and working specifically with fourth-year linebacker Alec Ogletree could be one full episode in itself.