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Nick Foles benched by St. Louis Rams

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Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been benched in favor of Case Keenum. St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher made the announcement official on Monday.

The Rams had high hopes for Foles. They actually rewarded him with a two-year contract extension prior to the season worth $14 million guaranteed.

Foles has been very bad this year for the Rams. He's completed 56.6% of his passes for a mere 1,678 yards (6.5 per attempt), seven touchdown, six interceptions, and a 75.9 passer rating. It didn't take long for St. Louis writers to identify Foles as the weakness of the team.

The Rams acquired Foles, along with Philadelphia's 2016 second round pick, this offseason in a deal that sent Sam Bradford to the Eagles. It's safe to say neither side has really benefited from the trade this season. I offered some thoughts on the Bradford-Foles trade last week:

For those saying keeping Foles would have been the better option because the Eagles would at least have their second round pick and more cap space ... that's a non-starter. The Eagles would still be in a bad position because Foles clearly wasn't the answer. It's like picking between driving two broken cars, except one has a nice air freshener. You're still not driving anywhere either way.

And for all the complaining about the lack of a second round pick, keep in mind the Eagles do have a very high 2016 third round pick if the Lions continue to lose. And were the Eagles really going to use that second round pick to find their franchise quarterback answer anyway? It's not impossible, but it's probably not very likely. When it comes to cap space, that has never been the issue when trying to find a franchise passer.

Bleeding Green Nation has long argued the Eagles were right to move on from Foles. Moving on to Bradford may not have been the right call, but sticking with Foles wasn't an option.