1.) DISIPILINE It is not a mystery that Jeff Fisher coached teams seem to have more than their own problems with penalties and discipline. Hell, he had to be the best choice to be on the rules committee at one time seeing as much film as he did with the hoards of penalties his past teams occurred. But even (I can't believe I'm going to say this) the last regime didn't seem to have the issues that this years team has (except that now suspended knucklehead in Miami)with this. This team has the best talent it has had in many years. But with that talent, there is more uncontrolled Chaos on both sides of the ball in every facet of the game. The Rams maybe 6-3 or even 7-2 if they had cut all the penalties in half from this season.
My Solution- Remind the players that this sport (as most others) is 30% physical and 70% mental. Those players who continue to have the same issues need more direct mental reps in each situation. Show film that shows teams that are always the lowest flagged teams each week and install that mentality to the troubled players. Sure, some of those are from border-line players. But the tenured players have no excuses and are paid not to commit those untimely no-nos.
2.)CONSISTENCY While the games they have won show some guile, they haven't shown me any prospect of being world beaters in the near future. The offense has struggled at times (even more so now with the loss of Bradford), but the defense looks top ten one week and bottom five the next. It might be game planning or game day coaching. At least when they were bad they were bad all the time. I just don't get how much that changes from week to week. I'm almost at a loss for words on this. The talent is there and the next draft should address the few positions needing to be upgraded. But there is more to this that even Sherlock Holmes would have a difficult time with. There aren't the distractions that affect other teams. Last years team didn't have a defensive coordinator. Could that be the answer?
My Solution- Get someone on-board who can utilize the talent on hand to stop the run. Once that is corrected, the passing defense will need to step up and hold their end down better. Just too many big passing plays. I know that will force more teams to throw, but also opens up the pass rush. Which is the only thing other teams respect now.
3.) LEADERSHIP Boy, does anyone miss Steven Jackson on this team as much as I do? While not in his prime anymore, he still showed how to get it done last year. And as much as I hate Tom Brady, is there anyone on this team with 1% of his passion to win? Don't get me wrong, there are some fired up players on this team when good to great plays happen. I just don't see in your face reactions to bad ones. Only ho-hum, I did it again oh-wells.
My Solution- SAM BRADFORD. You have been coached in college and influenced by your family to be grounded. But this is the NFL. It's great you have come into your own playing the position of Quarterback. But this team needs passion from you across the board. Much can be said for carrying a clipboard for a couple years to see what not to do. Sam didn't get that. Yes, getting the big bucks meant he needed to step in and start. But being an understudy on a minimum talent team might have turn Sam into a monster (Jim McMahon anyone), which I would have no problem with.
As a closing note, the suits need to make some wholesale changes next year. Fines or reduced playing time should be implemented and enforced harshly. Go old-school and get the best talent available regardless of need in the draft. That will translate to better depth and trade possibilities. If the Rams are hoping to make a run this year, forget it. Give the players who need development more reps and open up the playbook and take more chances. Players who get more yellow flags than Steelers fans have need to be benched and yes, released. What is the goals now? Another #1 overall pick or making the team here now a better prospect for 2014?