The history of football is quickly approaching the century mark. A fraction in the whole picture of things. The period at the end of the first paragraph in the story of man. The Chinese are said to have the oldest culture and written history. The Mayans, well, came a good time after, often relating the future to doom. What does any of this have to do with Ram football? Really, not much! But, my point is that all though history men rise and fall, make or not make history. The hiring of Jeff Fisher will go down as the most important happening in this franchises history EVER and these are the reasons why:
We know what we're (or a least hope) getting in Fisher as a Head-coach. As the last few regimes have shown us, experience is a map to navigate, as none has us looking for the GPS asking "Isn't the Four pillars a landmark in Greece?" And while Fishers' coaching record may not be Noll-ish, in 2012 he IS the best option for the Rams.
'The identity of the team will change. Do you fellow old-timers remember when the Rams were Run first, smash them at both lines and making those who broke off a run pay with a hard escort out of bounds? That is what is on THE menu for 2012 and beyond. Do not however, expect an overnight success. Rome (Rams Over Mediocre Eventually) was not.... well you know the rest!
The defensive core is set for the next few years. And quote me on this- The Rams will make another big move before the draft to shore up the linebacker corps. It will make the team competitive against most offenses this YEAR and shut-down in the next few.
The offense, well where do you start? QB check, RB check, Center check, Right-guard check, but AFTER that who knows? We do know that it will be run first and more than likely run right, trap left, screens and the once in awhile heave-ho down the field. Is it going to be GSOT Pt.2, no, but keeping #8 upright will be Fishers' #1 priority this year until the new offense (sound familiar) builds chemistry and an identity.
And the last eye opener for you all to quote me on. If Matt K. is not there at #6, the Rams will trade down for another teams' late 1st and a player or 3rd round pick. There is no offensive player on the board after #1& #2 worth the #6 except Matt K. Too many other offensive options down the draft board that are just as good as #3-#10.