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The Rams Are Right On Cue

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Those of you who are not real with yourself will not like this post, therefore now would be the time to stop reading, you have been warned.

NO!!!! It is not time to panic. NO!!!!! We do not need to start making drastic changes to the roster. NO!!!! The Rams are not playing below (my) expectations. HELL NO!!!! Sam Bradford is not to blame for anything that has happened thus far. YES!!!!! You can only look in the mirror when you want to know why you are so disappointed. You and your unreal expectations. Myself, Ramfan1313,and NoAvailableCAP, are part of the very few that tried to temper expectations. There were a few others but I apologize I can't recall everyone at the moment.

Ramfan1313 wrote an excellent article explaining how one can make an argument that last years defense had it easy compared to this years. I would agree with that assertion. I would also agree that coaching has been pitiful to say the least. I would even agree that the vets need to step up and grab these young guys by the neck, slap them, and tell them to hang in there. I do NOT agree that the vets have played horrible with the exception of Cortland Finnegan. Much like himself, I have no clue what he doing out there at times. Also Jake Long was abused by DeMarcus Ware. Prior to that he played extremely well. Lets hope he bounces back, or I will jump on board with trading Sam, only in an attempt to save the young man's career.

THE VETS:

I have seen quite a few people call out Chris Long. Well I don't know if you all have noticed but his snap count is way down this year. Chris is dealing with a hip issue and is not playing at 100%. If he were an interior D-Lineman, O-Lineman, or QB this probably would not effect his game as much. But being a DE he has to be able to bend more often. He can't right now and it shows.

James Laurinaitis has caught some slack as well. Wrongfully accused again. He spends the vast majority of his time between the hashes. Teams are not killing us between the hashes, they are killing us between the hashes and numbers aka the seams. Also the flats. Demarco Murray had his big day because the focus was on stopping Dez Bryant and we took our backers and cheated them over (football terminology for playing further away from normal positioning) to which ever side Bryant lined up on. Congrats, mission accomplished, but now the safeties have to come down and fill. Well lets just say TJ McDonald played horrendous, and that's me putting it lightly, more on that in a moment.

Jared Cook is the Jared Cook I was accused of "hating on" when we signed him. I said yes he is physically gifted but he is inconsistent, soft, and can't block. Someone, who will NOT be called out said I know nothing about football, if I did than I would know his blocking and physicality won't matter, because they will rarely use him as an inline tightend. Well heres what he did think of; physicality matters more when trying to run a route away from the line than it does when lined up on the line. On the line you have a free release more often, than off the line. He is getting bullied because he is not being physical. Jared Cook is NOT being doubled, watch the tape.

Sam Bradford is being raped with no vasoline by his coaches. Schotty has actually told Sam to look for the check down more often, and he is calling plays where the check down is the second read on a consistent basis. Then there is Jeff Fisher. I had a discussion with a really good friend of mine when he was hired. I said "I am so happy we have a competent head coach after all these years of idiots." My friend said "so your not worried at all?" I knew what he meant by this, Jeff Fisher is as stubborn and old fashioned as they come. You look around the league, coaches that are willing to adapt to their players rather than go the old school route and force the players to adapt to them, they are all killing it right now. The old school guys, not so much. Fisher is more stubborn than a virgin vagina to a soft penis.

THE YOUNGIN'S:

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Lets not forget this, we are the youngest team in the NFL. Being the youngest team has a track record of being a burden, with a few obvious exceptions:

Year: 2008

Record

Schdeule Rank

.500/Better teams

Playoff Teams

1. Chiefs

2-14

25th

5

5

2. Packers

6-10

12th

9

6

3. Colts

12-4

2nd

12

8

4. Bengals

4-11

6th

12

8

5. Dolphins

11-5

22nd

6

4

Year: 2009

Record

Schdeule Rank

.500/Better teams

Playoff Teams

1. Packers

11-5

30th

9

5

2. Colts

14-2

13th

10

5

3. Chiefs

4-12

17th

10

6

4. Panthers

8-8

2nd

15

7

5. Bucs

3-13

5th

13

7

Year: 2010

Record

Schdeule Rank

.500/Better teams

Playoff Teams

1. Panthers

2-14

26th

7

5

2. Bucs

10-6

25th

7

5

3. Colts

10-6

10th

9

7

4. Eagles

10-6

9th

10

7

5. Rams

7-9

31st

5

5

Year: 2011

Record

Schdeule Rank

.500/Better teams

Playoff Teams

1. Steelers

12-4

27th

5

5

2. Cardinals

8-8

32nd

4

4

3. Chargers

8-8

3rd

10

7

4. Lions

10-6

4th

9

7

5. Falcons

10-6

19th

8

5

Year: 2012

Record

Schdeule Rank

.500/Better teams

Playoff Teams

1. Rams

7-8-1

4th

5

7

2. Eagles

4-12

7th

8

4

3. Browns

5-11

3rd

7

5

4. Vikings

10-6

8th

7

5

5. Packers

11-5

31st

5

4

What we have here is 5 charts covering the last 5 years for the top 5 youngest teams in the NFL. The obvious exceptions are the teams quarterbacked by Peyton Manning and Aaron Rogers, as well as strength of schedules that rank in the bottom 5. Over the last 5 seasons, the top five youngest teams that did not include having Manning, Rogers, and their slew of weaponry, have a combined record of 69-90-1, when having a strength of schedule in the top 10.

This Rams squad is no different. We are young facing a very difficult schedule. As a young team there will be plenty of bonehead mistakes. Penalties, wrong alignments, misreads, etc. A few good examples of struggles with a young team would be all these penalties on special teams. Another would be TJ McDonald and his never dying quest to lay out every single offensive player. This bit him in the butt on three Demarco Murray runs. As mentioned earlier the focus was to stop Dez Bryant. So the linebackers cheated over to his side to play anything underneath him, while the corners played on top. Normally corners would play underneath and the safety over the top, but because this coaching staff refuses to let the safeties be safeties the roles were switched around a bit. On three separate runs, TJ came flying down hill out of control, and Murray would simply make a slight cut, exposing TJ's poor angle and inability to come down hill in control, causing a large gap between the two each time and more running room. Another good example would be losing the fire during a game that does not look to be going too well. I believe we saw that against the cowboys. Guys started running at half speed and dropping a ton passes in the fourth quarter. It looked as if the focus was lost by that point.

With that being said, considering what they are being asked to do, these 1st and 2nd year players are not performing poorly. I have seen criticism of Tavon Austin saying he is proving he was not worth the jump because there has not been any of the plays we saw him make at West Virginia. Not his fault. Schotty has the imagination of a brainwashed 80 year old nat. Tavon is a space player, something he has seen little of. But in two occasions he has seen space, and we have seen that big play ability. Both were punt returns. One in the preseason vs the Broncos, the other was against Dallas. Something else I have seen is his ability to make a tough catch. He has made a couple, including his toe dragging touchdown in Atlanta, and a very nice diving catch with ridiculously tight coverage by Tyrann Mathieu, just to name a few.

THE COACHING:

Simply put the coaching has made me sick! This soft coverage, with no schematic differences is mind boggling. How stubborn can you be? And on offense Schottenheimer simply is wasting Les Snead's efforts. I have to tip my hat to Les for getting this team some talent on offense the last two seasons. But with Schotty at the helm of the offense and Fisher being as stubborn as he is to adapt to his players and what they do best, a great effort put forth by Snead is going to waste. The staff needs to have an intervention and discuss if their egos are more important than winning. I realize every coach wants to be able to say their team won, and they did it his way, but sometimes because of the players you have your way may not be best. Fisher is a brilliant coach. I listen to him very closely and he knows what he is talking about. So its time to put that high football IQ to use and make some changes. It's time to put these guys in position to succeed.

THE FANS:

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This team is really young. That is the reason few of us, myself included, have been preaching temper your expectations. Growing pains are in our future but this is NOT the same team. To talk about it being time to panic, or trade away our QB who has been the one consistent bright spot, or to call them the same old "sorry" Rams, is not right. And that is what you call a fair weather fan. When you get married you don't one day look at your wife and say well you cut your hair shorter than I like, now you're the same as the short haired bimbo I dated but hated. If you think I'm wrong go ahead and give it a shot. You don't flip out and lose hope for the team you swore by weeks earlier. You go out, buy some tickets, fill the dome, and make it so loud the other team piss themselves.

Honestly speaking we are a 7-9 to 8-8 team. Everything I have listed here has the ability to lose us an extra game or two, or win us a game or two. And that's not just this year but every year. The talent level is what determines 7-9, 8-8. But its all these little things that when put together makes a big thing to either add or subtract victories.

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