Instead of setting up another article or thread that will basically turn into a bitching fest of how much we are displeased with certain aspects of the Rams organization, I think it's time for some real constructive discussion.
This past week against New York the Rams offense, personally, took a step in the right direction. Of course the red zone woes were obvious and still haven't been corrected, but the offense was actually pretty explosive. Sam Bradford was no longer handcuffed to conservative passing plays, no longer was the play calling just trying to take what the defense gave them, but instead the offense was aggressive. We saw an offense that attacked down field, stretching the defense out and putting more responsibility on Bradford. I, for one, loved it. Sure some of the receivers let down Bradford and there wasn't much of a running game, but at least the offense was racking up yards and giving opportunities to the receivers to make huge plays. We finally saw what Josh McDaniels brought to the table and what the potential for this offense is. And I was very pleased with it.
So that brings me to my main question. What will happen once Steven Jackson returns? Will the Rams continue pushing the ball down field via the pass, or will they tone back the deep throws for a more ball controlling, clock management attack? I loved the 3 and 4 wide sets. I loved all the motion and 2 tight end sets. I thought the no huddle, hurry up was absolutely fantastic and brilliant this past Monday night. It highlighted what's possible with Bradford, the offensive line and our receivers. But with Jackson, will he fit in an open more spread out attack? Remember, Jackson almost always uses a fullback to run behind, and he doesn't run well when Bradford is in the shotgun. Will we see more 2 TE sets with a FB instead of 3 or 4 wide receivers ones? If so how will that effect the passing game?
I hope for the progression of the offenses sake that with Jackson coming back the aggressiveness of the passing attack isn't toned down. Hopefully Josh McDaniels can implement Jackson into this game plan and not have to sacrifice the spread scheme. I think Jackson can offer an even more dynamic part of what already looks like a potent attack. One of the problems so far in the red zone this year is the fact that we are one dimensional. Both the Eagles and Giants knew the only way we could score was by passing. With Jackson the red zone offense gets a massive boost in the running attack. Now defenses will have to play more honest and won't be able to play 1-on-1 man coverage and blitz all out. They will have to respect the run, and respect Jackson coming out of the backfield in the passing game. With this kind of addition to the offense it will give the red zone attack the ability to use play action. That particular part of the game was nonexistent against the Giants inside the twenties.
So I think Jackson will have a huge impact in that aspect, what I'm worried about is in between the twenties. Will the offense revert back to that dink and dunk style that will only take what the defense gives them or will we see the offense build upon a pretty impressive down field attack?
Let me know what you think.