Ok, like most all Rams fans, this past season was a bit more than disappointing, but through the years since the Greatest Show, I have come to understand that there is a place and time for everything. So I lick my wounds and keep my Ram horns to the sky. Yet, now I find myself picking my jaw up and realizing something special is happening right before us. I know, I know, but just hear me out.
See, I was part of that group of those fans that could care less who owned them "as long as they stayed in St. Louis" crowd when Chip Rosenbloom made the sale. I of course read up as much as I could on Mr. Kronke, but really, he was that partial owner in the shadows that had ties to Walmart and real estate. I know that Missouri has what I like to call "Quiet Money" so I was not phased much. Yet I always had the feeling that Mr. Kronke had more influence on the team than many of us fans knew. I remember that he was one of the main cogs responsible for making moves to get the Rams to the "Lou" in the first place. He helped us through our destitute years with no NFL in St. Louis (God Bless you sir!). Now the team is all his to run and he's showing through his new hires to the rest of the division and the league, he is "no joke".
See it was only this past summer that a little tidbit came out which may have been evident to all this whole time to everyone but me that our owner of the Rams is the wealthiest in the league. I did not know, but honestly never checked before. I was too caught up in complete and total meltdown seen each weekend on the offensive side of the ball. Sorry, that darn sarcasm has been around since week 5 and its hard to get rid of. Football doc said that a few more regular season wins might cure that.
Anyway, as I saw us move into the off season, the final bell was ringing for the Spagnuolo regime and I knew that changes were coming. He had no OTA's, a new OC and a team whose conditioning was poor when they came back from the lockout. They were no different than the rest of the league. You have trainers on a team for a reason right.
The hatchet falls and the house is cleaned within a day. I must say, I was sad, but I knew it was coming. I was a Spaguolo fan. From day one. I remember what he did for New York (which it looks like they are about to do again this year). I recognize that this defensive guru has a trophy and sparkly ring on his finger that says he coached on a championship team. I could still see the skill in tactics when the Rams turned in a rare double safety game against Cardinals. This man knows football and he knows D. He was coaching the wrong team at the wrong time. I could care less what anyone says; the lockout hurt the Rams. No, it killed them.
For what felt like an eternity now, I had been waiting with baited breath to see what the Rams owner is going to do? Who will lead the team now? What will the team's personality change to? Will we go get an unproven coordinator or talk with one of the representatives of the "School of Smash Mouth" (that would be Gruden, Cowher, Billick)? I can see the talent on this team, but who will Mr. Kronke bring in to instill the faith back into this organization? I really doubted we would cast our line for the big Fisher. Just then the phone rings me out of my anxiety laced daydream where I have a meeting with "Silent Stan" to let him know that I am dying of anticipation here and I hear my wife say, "They got 'em. They really got 'em!"
Jeff Fisher is about to be the next head coach of the Rams. My jaw is still slowly lifting as this is the boldest statement that I could have hoped for. Since the news broke, criticism and praise has come to Rams park. There are those who wish to pick apart Jeff Fisher's record and question what he will bring to St. Louis. This is truly a mistake. In case you did not know this, St. Louis has now reached the upper echelon of organizations in one fell swoop. We have pedigree. That is something we have not had since Coach Vermeil.
We have someone that will not tolerate lack of preparation for games. We now have someone that will foster an attitude of accoutability in the Rams organization. We have someone that knows what it takes to get to the big game. Lastly, and the most scarry thing is, Jeff Fisher now has an owner that is willing to put the dollars and support behind his master plan. He's never had what he is about to ever before. So we hear today that although it is surely earlier than he would have liked, Gregg Williams is coming to town along with Brian Schottenheimer. Something Wicked this way comes St. Louis Rams fans! Hold on to your horns!
Sidenote: Mr. Kronke, if you're reading this, I would only ask this as a side note, please give the man time to bring his vision to light. And also, if the stadium was at the old Chrysler plant site I would still come out to support. It would probably have better parking and room to tailgate anyway. Just sayin.