I have been a huge fan of the Rams for many years and I wanted to thank everyone for all the contributions you make to Turf Show Times. Visiting this site for the latest news about the Rams have become part of my daily routine. I especially wanted to thank VanRam, 3k, and ram_rod for dedicating some of their time to really keep us posted on what's going on at Rams Park. One of the things that I really enjoy about TST is that everybody is respectful and polite. We all are trying to come up with ways of making our team better. I have seen other Rams forums in which many people are extremely rude and disrespectful with each other and that's just plain sad.
I have close ties to Saint Louis. My wife (she is a Saint Louisian) and I graduated from SLU and we now live in Los Angeles because of my job. We are huge Rams fans so we even flew to Seattle to see the Rams play at QWest for their season opener. It was an amazing experience (and a tough one too). A good friend of mine has great season tickets for the Seahawks so we were sitting just a few rows from the field. I proudly wore my Marshall Faulk jersey and as expected, I received a ton of trash talk during the game but It was all good, we all share something, our love for the game.
As many of you, I have been a little disappointed about the first day of the Free Agency market. We have seen some teams trying to make things happen (Bears, Lions, Ravens,...) and we are still seating tight. In my opinion, the Rams need to make a bold move to start being competitive right away. Rams fans have been suffering for too many years now to end up again in the bottom 5 of the NFL. I still have faith in Devaney and Co. but they need to move quick before all the big names are gone.
Here is what I propose and I would like to hear what your thoughts about this plan are:
- Get a true #1 WR: Before writing this post I was going to suggest getting Boldin or Marshall (but Boldin just signed for the Ravens!) so I say let's be aggressive and get Brandon Marshall. He is one of the top 3 WR in the league and would work great in our offense. He is extremely difficult to stop when he has some momentum (grabs tons of YAC) and would open the field along with Avery for Steven Jackson. Can you imagine what having a passing game would do to Steven Jackson's game? Perhaps we could trade our #2 this year and our #3 next year along with Barron. I am not sure, but we need to take our chances and be aggressive. Just make it happen! I am terrified with the thought of the Seahawks taking Marshall. They may have some issues with their OL and at QB but Marshall is young and the Seahawks are going to turn this ship around in 1-2 years. I am not against paying a high price in draft picks in exchange for someone with talent. Like some people say, I rather pay top money to someone that has played in the NFL than to someone that still needs to prove if they can play in the league.
- Get Bradford and we have our franchise QB: I have been in the Suh bandwagon for a while but if Sam Bradford checks out medically, we should take him. If he doesn't check out, take Suh and perhaps keep Bulger as a stop gap for 1-2 more years. Having someone that can catch the football would definitely help him.
- Resign Witherspoon and go defense in the draft: We solidify our defense with someone that already knows our system and take advantage of the talent in this year's deep draft.
- Sign one of the other big names if possible: DE Kapman or TE Scheffler.
What do think about having QB Bradford, WR Marshall and RB Jackson lined up? I think people would start respecting us immediately. I personally am willing to pay a high price with picks to make it happen. I also believe that going offense helps our defense. If you have a good defense (and I think our defense wasn't as bad as some people think) but they spend most of the game on the field, at some point they have to break apart. Having a stronger offense would take some pressure off our defense and help them keep their game up.
What are your thoughts? Does anybody know if the Rams are considering Marshall? Let's make it happen!!!