The Rams are slowly and steadily becoming contenders. After 15 of ball behind Jeff Fisher, I wanna ask myself, "Who is this team?" I love it. I actually love watching them play together. They have a swagger. You don't just wake up with one, you bring in leaders, become leaders, and are taught by leaders. The Rams are bitter, nasty, and tough; all in good senses of the words. With gritty, rugged, cocky ballplayers like Courtland Finnegan, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Janoris Jenkins, Harvey Dahl, Chris Givens, and William Hayes, it's these kind of players you realize you need on a team. As long as football is football, I don't care what other people have to say; FOOTBALL IS A ROUGH, POUND-IT-OUT GAME. People get hit, people get hurt. Every single player knows this and every single person who has ever put pads on knows, whether you're 7 or 27, it's part of the game. You "mother-fuck" and you get "mother-fucked" and there is no beating around the bush. It's nice to see that we have that mentality revived with Coach Jeff Fisher.
Now, let's take a look at making this team even tougher, which will happen. There are two things the Rams can address this offseason that can become dividends in the long-run... We need to sign a wide receiver and a safety. The two names that come to mind are Dwayne Bowe of Kansas City, who is the #1-type receiver we need, and Dashon Goldson of San Francicso (assuming he doesn't get franchised), who is a pounding strong safety. Adding a veteran to the receiving corps and the secondary will help tremendously. Increased play will come along with a mentoring type. Preferably Bowe to rookie wideout Brian Quick, who seem to have similar stature and playing type.
But, before all this happens, we have players to deal with in-house. One resigning is key, and that is Danny Amendola. He is a must. Second is Steven Jackson, but it isn't positive he will stay, even though I believe he will. Some players are expendable. For example, Quinten Mikell, Craig Dahl, Brandon Gibson, Steve Smith, Mike McNeil, Eugene Sims, Mario Haggan, Matt Conrath, and Josh Hull all seem like last ones out.
2013 Draft: Some options at each area. Nothing is set in stone, just possibilities that can become truths.
Round 1, Pick 15: Jake Matthews OT TA&M, Eric Fisher OT CMU, Chance Warmack OG BAMA, CJ Mosley OLB BAMA, Jonathan Hankins DT OSU, Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB LSU
Round 1, Pick 18 (From Wash): Eric Reid FS LSU, Matt Elam SS UF, Tyler Eifert TE ND, Alec Ogletree OLB UGA, Tavon Austin WR/PR/KR WVU, Jonathan Cooper OG UNC, Jesse Williams DT BAMA
Round 2, Pick 15: Robert Woods WR USC, Justin Hunter WR TENN, Kevin Minter LB LSU, Arthur Brown OLB KSU, TJ McDonald FS USC, Larry Warford OG UK, Zach Ertz TE STAN, Dallas Thomas OG/OT TENN
Round 3, Pick 15: Daniel McCullers DT TENN, Da'Rick Rogers WR TENN TECH, Baccari Rambo FS UGA, Gerald Hodges OLB PSU, Braxton Cave OG/OC ND, Corey Lemonier DE/OLB AUB, Le'Veon Bell RB MSU
Round 4, Pick 15: William Gholson DE MSU, Duke Williams SS NEV, Markus Wheaton WR OSU, Trey Millard FB OKLA, Kevin Reddick LB UNC
Round 5, Pick 15: Tyrann Mathieu CB/S/PR LSU, Rex Burkhead RB NEB, Xavier Nixon OT UFA
Round 6, Pick 15: Marquisse Wilson WR WSU, Alex Hurst OT LSU, Montori Hughes DT TENN-MARTIN
Round 7, Pick 15: Kapron Lewis-Moore DE ND, BPA, Chance Player.
Any of these additions, along with the great coaching we have, will further help this young Rams team. And, frankly, I cannot wait to see the possibilities.
Please note what you like and do not like, along with who you would add to these rounds and signings.
Also, speak your mind about the D-Coordinator...