Pulling the piece of sod from his facemask, this sack was the last straw for Sam Bradford. He stood for a second, his back turned to his teammates, who were gathering for the next huddle, this one on third and 17. Four long years of anger were welling up inside him, and when he got back to his teammates, the look in his eyes terrified them.
The play call came in over his helmet's radio.
"You know what, guys? Fuck this. I'm sick of this shit. Tavon, I don't care what you do, but you're the free man - just move around, get open, whatever you can, or I swear to God you will never catch another pass from me again."
Coach screaming in his ear, Sam lined up in the shotgun - he was supposed to be under center - and just before the snap, he saw Tavon running off to the left out of the corner of his eye. The mutiny had begun.
The Rams need something to change. I'm not saying... well, whatever stupid thing I'm not supposed to say that what I'm actually going to say could be construed or mistaken as my saying, whatever it is, I'm not saying it.
All I'm saying is, it's time for a good-old-fashioned players' mutiny on the Rams' offense. This bunch is supposed to have some of the most potential of any offense in the NFL, but they're not proving it, at least not to this fan. And the one way they could do that, that would restore my confidence in their abilities, would be to flat-out mutiny against Schottenheimer's play-calling, with the game on the line, and make the play. Win the game with your instincts, because nothing else is working. Prove a point to the OC, prove it to the fans. Something tells me they could do it if you just let them roam free and play.
A great coaching controversy like this is also probably the only thing that might snap Schottenheimer out of it. His play-calling's been terrible - he's not creative at all (*I* can read his plays, and I've never played a down of football), and when he does try to show some creativity, he wastes it trying to finesse his way through. At any rate, I'm tired of the Rams' boring recent other coaching controversies. No one remembers the last time a player lined up wrong on purpose around here, or we saw a QB turning his anger into leadership instead of exasperation.
Just saying. If the coaches won't fix it, the players need to take things into their own hands.