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Despite Two Blowouts – Rams Saying What They Should

I don’t know what I expected from the Rams in the wake of their second embarrassing loss in as many weeks, but the Rams are hitting the press. Let’s go to the quotes.

First from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Turf Show Times, Tye Hill, underachieving Rams cornerback, “The secondary’s fine,” Hill said. “We’re better than what we’re playing.” I would argue that the secondary is not quite “fine” and I would hope for their sake that they can play better. I just don’t know what is wrong. They aren’t covering, they aren’t in position and they aren’t picking the ball off. When you allow Hank Baskett and Amani Toomer to tear up the secondary, everything isn’t “fine”.

Next, staying in the secondary, from cornerback Ron Bartell, But far from good enough, Bartell conceded. “Same result,” he said. “Somehow, some way, we’ve got to fix whatever is going wrong and get it turned around.” This smacks of old Mike Martz-isms “Shoot, we’ll fix that”. Bartell has played the best amongst the defensive backs, but with the problems the Rams are having no one should escape the scrutiny.

Now we move up the organization to the leader, Scott Linehan who will hopefully tell us that they have already made changes for next week and everything is fine, “…we’re going to be talking here and having disappointing conversations and press conferences with you guys where you’re asking what the hell’s wrong with us. That’s not going to change until we do that and it’s my job to find out what it is.” Oh…ok. So, Linehan is the boss and he hasn’t figured out what the problem is yet, thanks for reassuring me. Secondly, I don’t know if I’m happy that it is Scott’s job to find the solution, as he hasn’t found a solution in the last three years. The benefit of the doubt era is over and I would like to see some answers presented in the form of: 1) wins 2) playing good football.

One person who agrees with me is owner Chip Rosenbloom, who spoke to the Post-Dispatch in the article found here, “It is the job of the head coach, Scott Linehan, to figure out how to motivate and give some urgency to this team.” Yes, sir. It is his job.

“Obviously, the game of football is about winning. The level of play is not acceptable to me or anybody in the organization.” I like where you are going here, no one think that this is how a professional football team should be run or play. “I believe in these players and I believe in this coach.” Ok, now I’m officially lost. When in the last three years have the Rams inspired anyone to think that this coaching staff or front office has the answers. The players haven’t inspired anything on the field and don’t appear to particularly care if they win or lose (some exceptions obviously). The vote of confidence makes for a great quote, but I no one takes it seriously. And lastly, the money quote, “Things will get better,” Rosenbloom said. “And if they don’t, changes will be made.”

That is the threat of the change we are all looking for. At this point, things don’t look like they are going to get better. Hopefully, Rosenbloom will follow through with his tough talk and give the organization the change it deserves.


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3 Responses to “Despite Two Blowouts – Rams Saying What They Should”

  1. Willy43 says:

    I live in Virginia and have been a Rams fan since the mid 70’s. I have been trying to find something to give me a little bit of hope for this year. Understandably, they have played 2 of the toughest teams in the league, but I would really like to see Bulger step up and grab a lineman by the mask and yell to start blocking. The defense start to get a little, no a lot more pressure on the quarterbacks, and the secondary to stop looking so foolish out there. Do they even know how stupid they look when it’s 3rd and forever and they give up a first down, if not a touchdown. I also would really like to see the post game interviews, even though I don’t know why, because Linehan doesn’t address anything about the game. Just how they shouldn’t have done this or that, or that this isn’t how you win games. Please address WHY you’re team isn’t doing it. Is it the coaching, the talent or what??? I just can’t believe we can go from Scott Linehan being optimistic about this season before the first game to where we are now, looking for answers without him knowing what’s wrong… He needs to start holding the players and coaches accountable for their shabby attempt at playing. Instead of guaranteeing players money for just showing up, let’s try more incentive playing, to where if they suck, their pay sucks. Then let’s see who plays….

  2. Rams Fan In China says:

    Jeff,
    Great post. Finally, someone other than me that can analyze the rhetoric coming out of this organization. Just like you, I posted a list of ridiculous quotes from this pathetic club on JT’s weekly live chat. My favorite new one is Linehan saying something like, “as a coach, losing is a bad thing.” What is he, four years old? Mr. Mackey from South Park (Losing’s bad, mmmmkay?)? This guy has no answers, no solutions, no fresh ideas, etc. The players have no heart. The organization is run by people that know nothing about football.

    In case anyone is confused by the rhetoric, statistically this is the worst team in the NFL. You have to be a really, really bad team to be last in both total offense and total defense. This is unacceptable, especially after last year’s disaster.

    This team is located is Missouri, the Show-Me state. Enough talk.

  3. RamFanCT99 says:

    This team starts at the QB and it is clear to see that Marc Bulger has turned into the Jim ( Chrisy ) Everett & needs to sit and watch Trent play !00% harder and even lead a loosing team. All I ever see from Bulger is his pout & shaking his head, even after missing a wide open Holt for a sure TD> He has to go and if they are down at halftime against Seattle, Lets get some spark in there before this team is so waterlog nothing can light em up!!!

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