Where Do the Rams Rank in 2010?

The St. Louis Rams have certainly made some positive moves this offseason.  In the free agent markets, the recent signing of O.J. Atogwe to a long-term deal, the pickups of Fred Robbins and Na'il Diggs, and theamputation of the infection (i.e. Alex Barron) on the left side of our line in exchange for a young Bobby Carpenter, will certainly help us out.  In the draft, the trio of Roger Saffold, Sam Bradford, and Mardy Gilyard will provide some power and consistency to the offense, and we're certain to find some keepers in our numerous defensive selections.

 

 

The three worst teams last season, in my opinion, were the Browns, Buccaneers, and Lions.  These three teams won 5, 3, and 2 games, respectively.  While the Chiefs had one less win than the Browns on the season, I would put my money on the Chiefs over the Browns because of their (relative) offensive firepower in Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Chris Chambers, and Matt Cassel.  I know, I know, I know, the Browns beat the Chiefs last year; but how often will the Browns rush for 325 yards?

Last season, I would put a healthy Rams team at the top tier of those basement-dwellers.  The Rams were devastated with injuries across the board, lost some close games, and drastically underachieved, in turn yielding the league's worst record and a single win.  Nearly everyone was reluctant, however, to name us the worst team in the league.

Looking forward to 2010, if Sam Bradford and Co. are to be expected to part the seas and lead us to some more wins, we have to not only improve, but improve relative to the rest of the NFL.  Luckily, we get to play 2 of the above 3 teams in our cakewalk schedule.

 

Few doubt that Spags and Devaney are moving this team in a positive direction, especially with a front office hamstrung by the ownership change (or lack thereof).*  The real question is: have we cut the deadweight, gained some size, speed and strength, and have the coaching to run with the big boys in 2010?

I believe that the Rams could certainly pull off some upsets and will play lots of close games, but that most of the other comparable teams have simply had better, more active off-seasons.  The Browns, despite winning the most games of this group, have the least amount of talent on their roster in the entire NFL at this point.  The Lions appear to have many more weapons on offense and defense and the Bucs should pick up couple wins as their 2009 draft class matures and their defense steps up.

Here are some offseason pickups by the dregs of the league to gauge how our boys are doing in the off-season:

 

LIONS: 

Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE)

Nate Burleson (WR)

Corey Williams (DT)

Chris Houston (CB)

Tony Scheffler (TE)

Ndamukong Suh (DT)

Jahvid Best (RB)

Rob Sims (OG)

Larry Foote (LB)

Ernie Sims (LB)

BUCCANEERS:

Reggie Brown (WR)

Jevan Snead (QB)

Gerald McCoy (DT)

Brian Price (DT)

Arrelious Ben (WR)

Myron Lewis (CB)

Mike Williams (WR)

Byron Leftwhich (QB)

Antonio Bryant (WR)

BROWNS:

Joe Haden (CB)

T.J. Ward (S)

Montario Hardesty (RB)

Colt McCoy (QB)

Jake Delhomme (QB)

Shawn Lauvao (G)

Scott Fujita (LB)

Senece Wallace (QB)

Ben Watson (TE)

Peyton Hillis (RB)

Tony Pashos (T)

Dante Stallworth (WR)

Corey Williams (DT)

Hank Fraley (C)

Derek Anderson (QB)

Brady Quinn (QB)

Steve Heiden (E)

Kamerion Wimbley (LB)

RAMS:

A.J. Feeley (QB)

Fred Robbins (DT)

Na'il Diggs (OLB)

Bobby Carpenter (OLB)

Sam Bradford (QB)

Rodger Saffold (OT)

Mardy Gilyard (WR)

Hall Davis (DE)

Jerome Murphy (CB)

Marc Bulger (QB)

Randy McMichael (TE)

Alex Barron (OT)

Leonard Little (DE)

Adam Carriker (DT)

Jonathan Wade (CB)

 

What do you think?  Where do the Rams, on paper, rank with the rest of the NFL?

 

 

*Thank you NFL ownership rules...

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