St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo doesn't want to overanalyze his team's loss to Tampa Bay last week. Fine. That's what Turf Show Times is for. Let's start overanalyzing with some links, shall we?
Yes, the game came down to a play or two, like any close game, but is that really the problem? When your offense isn't able to move the ball for an entire half, not just a series here and a series there, it's a larger problem than just a missed opportunity or a bad bounce. The Rams played the first half like a good team, a much better one than their opponents, but good teams close out strong, add points and finish the job. It's mostly a young team learning to find its sea legs, so to speak, and will get better. But the sooner they can learn to make that happen, the sooner they'll be winning the games that the should win, on the road or in the Dome.
Of all the things and people taking heat for this loss, ESPN's Mike Sando points out one of the Rams biggest problems in the second half that goes beyond scheme or play calls: an inability of Sam Bradford to find a receiver he could trust with the game on the line, a guy who could make tough catches with a fired up Buccaneers teams closing things off around them.
More than one comment during the game wondered again why the Rams didn't take a chance on RB LeGarrett Blount when he was released by the Titans prior to the season. Though it's a bit too late to really matter much, it does raise a question: when will talent be considered a fifth pillar? Besides Blount, the Buccaneers took a chance WR Mike Williams, a fourth round pick who came into the draft after being suspended at Syracuse. He's the top rookie receiver this season. I have high hopes for Mardy Gilyard, but for a team needed receivers who can make an impact, it kind of makes you wonder.