Marshall's question for the week: who's the one true leader of the team?
It's a fair question and one that I don't really have a good answer for. That tends to happen when you've got the youngest team in the entire NFL. Here would be my candidates nonetheless.
You'll never be able to list the candidates of who is the team's leader without having the quarterback as an option.
Laurinaitis is the secondmost senior player on the Rams' roster who was actually drafted by St. Louis right behind Chris Long. They've been around longer than anyone, so one of the two had to go here. Who gave the pre-game hype speech on Sunday? James Laurinaitis. Who's the defensive captain for the 2014 Rams? James Laurinaitis. Easy pick.
After Lauranaitis I started thinking about the other senior players. Shaun Hill has more experience than anyone, now in his 13th season. Scott Wells and Davin Joseph have had extremely long careers as well. In the end, I went with the Rams' offensive captain in Jake Long. A former #1 pick who's endured the ups and downs of six seasons and is currently experiencing them in his seventh, Long has the chops. He's got the natural talent, as much as we wish he would display it more obviously and more consistently. Still, Long's presence on the line and in the locker room can't be overstated.
Dammit, I did this last week, and I'm gonna do it again aren't I...yes. Yes I are.
As I mentioned above, we've got the youngest team in the NFL. In fact, we've had the youngest team for each of the last three years. Plus we're without our franchise QB...I'm going with Fish. Again.