Even though the Rams are 1-2, they are still the second best team in the "vaunted" NFC West. The West division with the undefeated Seahawks and the other three teams at 1-2 are sitting at 6-6 which actually makes us the "best" division in the NFC. The NFC North is currently 5-6 with the Bears facing the Steelers tonight. The NFC South is 5-7 with a disappointing Falcons team at 1-2 and a winless Tampa Bay. The NFC is the Cream of the Slop with a 3-9 record. The Giants and Redskins are a hapless combined 0-6. I'm thinking if the Rams coaching staff can get their heads out of their butts and turn this thing around, we might still be able to make a playoff run.
We are headed towards two high draft picks next year.
That knee brace on RGIII's knee has taken away the dynamic element that the Redskins offense hinged on last season. Without his threat of the run on the read option, teams are able to key on Alfred Morris and basically shut down their run game. The fact that the Redskins can't keep opposing offenses out of the endzone only makes things worse for Washington and if this keeps up, their in the running for the number one pick in the draft. Unfortunately for them, due to the RGIII trade, we own that pick and could be in line to either add Jadeveon Clowney to our defensive line or trade down for additional picks and maybe bolster our offensive line. Now if we keep playing the way we are playing, we might be headed towards a top ten pick ourselves. Yes this bodes well for our future but damn it, I want to win now.
OC Brian Schottenheimer has gotta go (or at least get a clue)
The additions of Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Stedman Bailey, and Zac Stacy and the expected upticks in the games of Isaiah Pead, Brian Quick, Lance Kendricks and obviously Sam Bradford had Rams fans excited for this season. All these weapons at the disposal of Sam Bradford was actually seen as a test for Brian Schottenheimer's creativity. So far, the excitement has turned to disappointment and shows no signs of getting better but instead getting gradually worse. Our week one victory was a breakout game for Jared Cook and Darryl Richardson and Sam Bradford looked like a Pro Bowler. Week two saw Tavon Austin score his first two TD's and Chris Givens took his turn being the star of the game. Bradford finished week two unscathed without being sacked for a second game in a row. The common theme was (and is) the fact that our offense doesn't get going until after halftime. This week, our run game was non-existent, the offensive line looked like they couldn't keep the Golden Girls from bursting through for a sack and we managed to turn the Rams-Cowboys game into the DeMarco Murray Show once again. Without the run game, we have no play action and the opposing defense gets a chance to tee off on Bradford. It's obvious that Bradford has a history of excelling in the hurry up offense and Fisher and Co. are hesitant to use it. The penalties have to stop and the offense needs to come out guns blazing from the start of the game if plan on turning this around.
No Splash Plays from our Defense
The Rams defense last season was running all over the field, putting pressure on the quarterback, getting sacks and collecting interceptions. This years defense looks soft so far with our corners giving up large cushions and the pass rush not getting a chance to get to the QB before yeilding reception after reception. Chris Long has been non-existent, Cortland Finnegan is looking severely overpaid and it seems like we miss Jo Lonn Dunbar. I don't know about you but it seemed like Dunbar gave our defense that edge that we sorely lack. I almost got the feeling that he brought some of that Bounty Gate nastiness with him last year. Jeff Fisher teams are known for being physical ball clubs but this year that does not seem to be the case. Don't let Colon Kaepernick's ineffectiveness the past two weeks fool you. We are in for a tough game and Fisher, Shottenheimer and Tim Walton have only 4 days to prepare for it.