Today in depressing statistics ... It's no secret just how much of a problem offense has been for the St. Louis Rams. Twice in the last three years, the Rams scored the fewest points in the league. Since 2006, the team's best effort was an average of 18.1 points per game in 2010, which ranked 26th that season.
Here's that depressing stat I was talking about.
The Rams have scored 657 points over the last three seasons. The Green Bay Packers scored 560 points ... last year.
Given those struggles, it would seem off that so much attention was given to the defense this season, right?
Yes and no. While many fans are still upset over the fact that the team did not add a clone of Calvin Johnson, since that's particularly easy to do, the defense was much closer to being a more competitive unit, a group that can limit the damage thanks to a powerful defensive line and a collection of good cornerbacks. That should make the task for the offense just a little easier.
Fixing up the Rams' offense is going to take some more time. More than anything that stems from the fact that the team has a group of very young offensive parts still in need of some seasoning and coaching. Think about players like Brian Quick, Lance Kendricks, Greg Salas, Isaiah Pead. Hell, you can even put Sam Bradford in there, if we're really going to write off last season as a total loss. The Rams need to get a feel for what those players are capable of, before trying to start from scratch again.
A beefed up defense will make the Rams a more competitive team this season. If the offense can get the nose of the place pointed upward, get some of those young parts proving their potential, Jeff Fisher ought to be able to deliver enough wins to give long-suffering fans a salve for their open wounds.