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My Response to Football Outsiders Preview of the Rams - it may surprise you

In my opinion, Football Outsiders is the best football website out there, save TST of course. FO writer Andy Benoit wrote a preview of the Rams ane every other team. After the jump is my response to that preview. To make sense of my comments, read the article here: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/ramblings/2012/andy-benoit-previews-rams#comment-899712

Mr. Benoit,
I understand previewing each team is a tall order, so I will say, "thank you" for attempting it. I'd certainly make a lot of mistakes too, if I had to write about all 32 teams. Here are some things I'd disagree with you on the Rams. I remember your wrote in the the live draft chat / blog that you did not understand why fans were booing the commissioner at this year's draft. Rams fans will tell you why; Spygate. For the commissioner whose name I refuse to utter (or type) to review the Super Bowl XXXVI tapes for two hours and then destroy them, only to give the Patriots a slap on the hand is enough to make him a villain on par with a certain umpire from the 1985 World Series in St. Louis. In short, we HATE the commissioner in St. Louis (thanks for sending that PAtriots game to London this year, too, Commish).

Anyway, onto my points about the Rams...

1) Craig Dahl is not that good in pass coverage, but he is an excellent tackler - perhaps the best open field tackler on the team. If you can watch the 2010 Rams vs. Panthers game, you will see a dominating performance. I think it would really surprise you.

2) Lance Kendricks would have had the worst season of any St. Louis Ram ever if Greg Salas had not also played for us last year. He was target 58 times for his 28 catches. He rarely made anybody miss and he did not block anybody. There may not have been worst TE in all of football last season. The Rams needed to get him off the field more last season, not more involved.

3) The Bradford analysis is just flat out lazy. He played against a cupcake schedule in his rookie season so he looked good. The W-L record was better because our defense played better in '10 than '11. Bradford's level of play in 2011 was very similar to 2010. The Rams defense and SOS made casual observers think otherwise.

Again, I understand writing one of these for the entire league is huge task, so I do not mean to come off as critical. Just want to get the correct information out there.

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