So, a few days after the Monday night mystery train came through St. Louis and the Rams lost what seemed to be a simple play away from an unexpected win, I am looking at the game from the positives. Let's walk through the ones you already know:
1. Kellen Clemens is who he is. No one from the Rams organization has ever said that he is the second coming of Joe Montana, but he knows the plays, knows the OC and can make a play or two. I told a co-worker earlier in the day before the Monday night game, "we were going to get slaughtered". Shockingly, Clemens, by many blessings showered down in the Dome, kept us in competition, in spite of himself. He is who he is and he surprised me. Let's leave it at that.
2. Our special teams played well. No slew of penalties or bone-headed mistakes. Seattle just knew how to keep the ball in the air long enough for their guys to zero in on Tavon Austin. Same thing we do to opposing teams. Go John Hekker!
3. Speaking of Tavon Austin...a couple catches a game and you might feel like a ball player by ...next year. Expected to see better and more from him this season, did not know he would be this much of a rookie due to his production and status from his college days. There were some good things for him in this game. Yet he seems to be playing at 50% of his speed and 50% of his confidence. Go to the Jugz and catch some balls for a while, that will make you feel better!
Yet, there are also some things that happened that were revelations in this game:
4. Zac Stacy is an NFL beast with SEC bone density. Seems like he gets hurt some way every game, which is not far off from normal, but there is still a lot of ball left to be played in the season. He has become a dangerous weapon for us, a valuable weapon for us and one of the few pieces on that offense that defensive coordinators will have to respect, if he can make it through the season.
5. Tim Walton called a hell of a game! I am hopeful that he is finally getting his grounding and solidifying his craft to eventually become one of the best defensive play callers in the league. However long eventually takes, this game was one where we saw our defensive backfield come alive with shut down power. Our front seven was just an absolute menace to Russell Wilson. He had very few opportunities to make something happen and even less opportunities to get his team fired up. Great job on this one!
6. Our tackling has become extremely solid over the last 3 games. So progress is being made in that fundamental area that was such an issue early in the season and before in the preseason.
7. Sam Bradford is on the sidelines! I respect this and have given him a notch up in my book. I like the fact that although his playing season is over, his supporting this season is not. I can only speak for myself, but when I look around the league at what is left out there and knowing that this is an injury he can come back even stronger from, I am in complete agreeance in signing him back up. I know there are some that feel he is not worth the cash, but Teddy Bridgewater would still be a rookie who would have to learn the book in order to come close to making a difference. Every body else is simply not fundamentally sound. Let's stick with Sam.
8. Our offensive line held it's own against one of the best defenses in the league! Our Oline did a fantastic job with the run game and tried to give Kellen Clemens some chances. Great showing and an even better effort.
So I am done screaming at the television. I'm done being irritable about what happened. I just want to move on and try to think positives and leave the negatives behind. If I don't I might stroke out, life is too short and this is just a game...right? What do you think?