Steve Spagnuolo often instructs his players using classic Italian hand signals.
It is what it is.
The Rams are banged up. They're playing horrendous football on the offensive side. Outside of the two victories and the Arizona and Washington games, the defense hasn't done enough to keep the team in low scoring affairs. With each loss, the scrutiny turns away from the field and into the front office, speculating on that guillotine that hangs over the careers of nearly everyone in Rams Park.
And while we've got the rest of the week to try and kill off memories of Sunday's loss and somehow get ready for a trip to Arizona, the power rankings summate the national assessment of the Rams: we suck.
|Average ranking (# of rankings)||30.78 (9)
|Average change from last week||-1.22
|Highest ranking (source)||30th (multiple sources)
|Lowest ranking (source)||31st (multiple sources)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||0 (Pro Football Weekly)|
|Biggest negative change (source)||-3 (NFL.com)|
SB Nation: 30th (29th last week)
A candidate for the NFL's most disappointing team (if not for Philly).
The rest of the major power rankings after the jump.
ESPN: 31th (30th)
Injuries have been a big factor, but they cannot fully explain how far the Rams have fallen
NFL.com: 31st (28th)
The offensive line couldn't protect Sam Bradford, but at least made up for it by providing holes only Calista Flockhart could run through. If you remove Steven Jackson's 19-yard run, the Rams rushed 16 times for 23 yards. On third-and-1 in the first quarter, St. Louis spread out five receivers with an empty backfield. Say what? No, the Rams didn't convert.
CBS Sports: 31st (30th)
There have simply been too many injuries to overcome. That is showing up now in a big way.
Pro Football Talk: 31st (30th)
Pro Football Weekly: 31st (31st)
Sophomore slump in full effect for Bradford.
Fox Sports: 30th (29th)
I'm starting to feel bad for Steven Jackson...
National Football Post: 31st (29th)
Is Steve Spagnuolo going to survive in St. Louis after this season?
Sports Illustrated: 31st (30th)
I don't think anything that has transpired in the NFL this season has been more surprising to me than the sorry state of Sam Bradford's game. The Rams' second-year quarterback looks like a shell of his rookie self, and the 31 sacks he has taken in his eight games is almost equal to what he absorbed in 16 starts last year (34). St. Louis has scored just 120 points in 10 games, and there's no sugar-coating at this point. The Rams are dreadful again, and major moves will have to be made this offseason in what is sure to be a house-cleaning of some sort.