This year we doubled our number of upcoming nationally televised prime time games. If the Rams are able to come out firing on offense with some big explosive plays for the highlight reels for ESPN and the NFL network, they will generate a buzz. That buzz will only grow with every win that we notch in our belts, much like what surrounded Arizona last year with a great start to the year. They eventually faded into the team we tore apart for sack after sack and finished in the cellar of the NFC West. As long as we have a positive buzz going into our prime time matchups with the Seahawks and 49ers we should generate a lot more interest in the team. When we are generating points on offense and smothering offenses and destroying opposing quarterbacks on defense, we will be creating a demand for more spotlight next year.
When Les Snead took over for the failed attempt at running a professional anything by billy devany, he repeatedly said he wanted to bring in explosive players. Boy oh boy was he serious, he drafted players based on physical skills, natural instincts and most importantly speed. Drafting Chris Givens in the 4th round of last years draft provided the Rams with a homerun, vertical field stretcher that we needed to keep safeties honest. Bringing in Jared Cook the fastest TE at the combine in the last ten years besides Vernon Davis and standing at 6'5" provides the seam busting threat of a faster Rob Gronkowski. Then we have the 2013 NFL draft where we got hopefully the quickest, one of the fastest most explosive players to be drafted in the last few years and coupled him with a great compliment in Stedman sure hands Bailey. Bailey will make the acrobatic catches and with good strength off the jam, great route running and a giant catch radius; Stedman will be getting open. Which makes him very explosive in his own right.
Running backs Daryl RIchardson and Isaiah Pead both have the change of direction and acceleration to make massive gains complimenting all the zone and two man over coverage other teams will have to play against these fast wideouts. Unlike years of old with 9 man boxes we now can use these explosive threats to stress all areas both horizontally and vertically, thus creating plenty of space underneath and giving one on one matchups to the big nasties of our OL. This should also provide for plenty of screen play opportunities which should go for big gains. I believe that if we are able to get these two in particular in space much like Tavon they will do their best damage reaching the second and third levels quickly. Not to forget the hard running and the tough job of grinding thru the inside runs to the sure handed powerful Zac Stacy which will hopefully be effective with plenty of play action.
I looked up the odds and currently we are 8-1 to win the NFCW! Let them sleep on us in the media and Vegas. We were 4-1-1 in the division last time I checked, but until we prove last year wasn't a fluke...don't expect too much additional media coverage.
The line to win the Super Bowl for the Rams opened at 60-1 for the first month since the start of the second month the line has changed to 50-1. Meaning lots of gamblers were betting the Rams and that plenty of people (myself included) love the payout lol. Personally I believe we are set at OT for the first time in about 10 years and we were a few big playa away from finishing last year with wins vs DET MIA NYJ slipping away. However my point is that with all the upgrades we made on paper look amazing there are a couple question marks for the casual observer but to us here at TST I think we all expect dramatic improvements.I for one am a believer and soon enough the rest of the country will be paying us a lot more attention.