Some football experts say it takes 3 years to learn the West Coast Offense. Looking back during Shurmurs tenure with the Eagles, he came in with Andy Reid the year that Donovan McNabb was drafted. That initial year they struggled to a 5-11 mark. Last year was Shurmur's initial year but keep in mind, we didn't bring in Sam Bradford until this year. The second year of the Reid/McNabb/Shurmur project, after 8 games they were at 5-3. We easily could be at 5-3 this year if not for some inopportune fumbles, missed field goals and missed interceptions. Hell, we could be 6-1. The rest of that second season in Philly, the Eagles went 6-2 to end up with an 11-5 record. They made the playoffs and got into the divisional round before losing to the Giants. The way the Rams are putting pieces together, I'm feeling a little upbeat about the second half of the season and think we can actually give the Seahawks a run for their money. (Doesn't it piss you off that the Seahawks are being looked at as runaway favorites for the NFC West even though we slobber knockered them 20-3?)
Another thing that is encouraging is the fact that Spags worked on that defense with Jim Johnson and I recall the Eagles defense at that time being pretty good. I also remember the Eagles being regular visitors to the NFC Championship game. One thing that is common between both teams is the Eagles for the longest time never really had a number one reciever. You all remember what happened to the Eagles once they picked up Terrell Owens. Their only visit to the Super Bowl is what happened. They lost that game to the Patriots by 3 points.
The way we (including me) are all clamoring for Shurmurs head, keep in mind what it will do to Sam Bradford's development to keep getting new offensive coordinators. I would hate for him to become the Rams version of Alex Smith. With the firing of Jimmy Raye in Frisco, Smith is working with his SIXTH coordinator. No wonder his career is where it's at. I'm not saying that Shurmur is the God of Offensive Coordinators, he is FAR from that. I'm just saying give it some time and lets see what can happen once Bradford has some healthy, productive receivers to throw to.
Doesn't it feel good to have the Rams mentioned with a "HMMMMMM" after it as opposed to having the word Rams mentioned followed by "HA HAA HAAA!!"
Gotta Go To Work!!!