Well...the Rams are flying pretty blindly into the 2015 regular season.
A 44-yard TD from Nick Foles to Chris Givens certainly gave the offense's preseason a shred of optimism it has lacked to this point:
The defense played pretty well, considering they were up against the Indianapolis Colts with QB Andrew Luck running the show. Still, a broken coverage allowed a 32-yard touchdown to WR Andre Johnson of all people which only highlights the cancelled practices and lax offseason approach yet again.
Would a single practice have solved the specifics of the misdiagnosis on that play that allowed Johnson to trot into the end zone? Likely not. Would the minute details the Rams yet again failed to execute to perfection have been improved with a single two-hour session? Maybe not. Would the 29 penalties the Rams have committed been cut to a degree with a tad more regular repetition? I don't know. But I can recognize the bottom line.
Things don't look good.
Things don't look good for a defense that is supposed to rely on their pass rush to shut down opposing offenses that has 0 sacks.
Things don't look good for a passing offense that needed that 44-yard TD more than anything else. Don't lean too much on Nick Foles' stat line going 10 for 11 for 128 yards. It was a marked improvement, but one that relied heavily on checkdowns and underneath tosses. For an offense trying to escape the shadow of former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, that kind of performance won't suffice.
Things don't look good for Fisher's grasp on the discipline of the team. The Rams' nine penalties against the Titans is the least of any of the three games they've played this preseason. And that comes not long after Fisher said this:
Things were up, having come from the utmost low. Started from the bottom, now we here.
But there's a hell of a lot of ground left to cover, and the Rams will host the Seahawks in two weeks and a day.
It's time for Rams fans to hope the 2015 preseason has no correlation on the meaningful action.