The effort is there. For the most part, the talent is finally there. So what the hell is missing?
I think we’re all tired of this close but no cigar deal. We almost won, regardless of how "superior" the opponent, is no longer an acceptable response to a heartbreaking loss. So what if the Rams play in a tough division? No one cares that we have a tough schedule. We’re too young is an excuse that, ironically is getting quite old.
We have big wins this season against top tier teams like the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos. Last year was the same deal, notching huge wins over the Colts, Bears and Saints. For some reason, we just can’t put it all together.
The Jeff Fisher Rams give us just enough to keep us around. Then, when we finally have real hope and high expectations, they let us down.
This season was supposed to be our time. However, before the preseason was even over, we were already trying to pick up the pieces, thanks to a missed block by Jake Long leading to Sam Bradford tearing his ACL again.
I could be completely wrong, but I don’t know if Bradford would make much of a difference if he was playing. He’s not the answer. It’s not his talent that’s the issue. It’s his inability to be available for his team and earn his $80 million contract which, by the way, is financially handicapping the franchise. Besides, we can’t use the backup quarterback excuse because a backup quarterback is the main reason we have a Lombardi trophy.
This leads me to my question: What is our issue?! Is it the fact that we don’t have a starting caliber quarterback? Is it that we are too conservative with our approach on offense? This is a legitimate question. I really don’t know what’s going on and I would love some feedback to help me rationalize these feelings I end up having every year around this time.
I personally don’t think we need to get rid of Fisher. I think the foundation is there. However, I believe that after two and a half years, it would be nice to at least have a nice home built on that foundation instead of still being in the literal basement of the NFC West - AGAIN!
I’m just saying…