"We've got a good pitch here," Keenum, affecting the appropriate vernacular, said Wednesday after practice on the resort's field where England's national rugby team trains.
The Rams just had completed the first day of preparation for Sunday’s game against the
Keenum is focused on another kind of finish. The elusive kind. The kind that wins games.
Consider: Last week against the
He completed a team-record 19 consecutive passes at one point.
“He got very comfortable,” Coach
Said offensive lineman
Keenum passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown.
"I thought I gave guys chances to make plays down the field," he said.
It was all for naught.
Keenum had a pass intercepted with a little more than a minute left, sealing the Rams' 31-28 defeat.
"I've got to — we've got to — finish," Keenum said. "To have the ball in your hands with a chance to tie or win the game with a minute-and-half left, you've got to do it in this league."
"It's something I want to do and I know I can do and know this team can do."
The game against the Lions was not the first time Keenum came up short.
In the previous week’s defeat against the
Keenum, 28, had been a career backup until Fisher anointed him the starter going into offseason workouts.
He did not flinch when the Rams traded up to the top of the draft to select quarterback
Keenum is still learning about himself, he said.
"I never want to feel like I've arrived or gotten 'there,' wherever 'there' is," he said. "I think that's what all the good ones do — they continue to get better, no matter how much they've played or how many games they've played or how much experience they have."
But Keenum would like to add to his resume by leading the Rams to victory with a late-game drive.
"All the great ones, they're known for never being out of a game," he said. "That's definitely something that I want to take pride in.
"No matter what the situation is, I want to be able to go down and score points."
It’s been several days — and several thousand miles — since the loss to Detroit, but middle linebacker
So there's a new goal for the unit he leads.
"Play 10 times better on defense," he said. "It started with me just talking to the guys and getting everybody's mind right.
"We're going to have a different approach this week. It's the same thing we've been doing but we just need to just focus in a lot more and make sure we get back to what we were doing."
The Giants feature quarterback Eli Manning and receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and
"They can put up 40 points in a matter of seconds if you're not careful," Ogletree said.