The complexion of an NFL team changes drastically from year to year, as elder statesman retire, college players are pumped into the league, trades are made, and free agents pack up and ship off to new cities.
And sometimes it’s nice to just reflect back on how far your team has come over the course of, let’s say, five years like they did on reddit yesterday.. The Rams, on paper [always on paper], look like a team ready to compete, but they’ve struggled to make it to eight wins since 2006.
They came close in 2010 with Steve Spagnuolo as their head coach. A Rams offense lead by rookie quarterback Sam Bradford took the team into the season finale in Seattle [always in Seattle], but weren’t able to secure the victory, or the ever-elusive .500 season.
The 2014 team - the one "loaded with young talent" - only won 6. So who’s the better team?
2010 Rams’ Offense vs. 2015 Rams’ Defense
2015 Rams’ Offense vs. 2010 Rams’ Defense
A few things to note:
* The 2015 depth chart isn’t solidified, so I took the liberty of moving a few players around that I saw fit based on their current status with the team [which Joe Barksdale isn’t a part of].
* For those wondering why E.J. Gaines is starting over Trumaine Johnson [some won’t], that information was taken from the Rams’ official depth chart on their website.
* Rodger Saffold, Chris Long, and James Laurinaitis are the only three players remaining from the 2010 team.