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They Are Who We Thought They Were

So, the Rams are 2-6 and would have a long way to go to win the NFC West, where does that leave us?  The Rams are not much different than we thought starting the season.  We have endured the lowest of lows and the highest of highs in only 8 games, but the Rams have levelled off to be the team that we thought they were.  (Not to purposely steal a Dennis Green classic, but it is true in the Rams case.)  It may have been better for everyone involved’s blood pressure if the Rams were level all season, but the Rams have kept it interesting.  The Rams are who we thought they were: a below average team with some stars and some depth and talent issues.  Those sort of issues are not fixed overnight, but interim head coach Jim Haslett had all of us tricked for a few weeks.  The blemishes that were covered for a few weeks have come back to the fore.

1. The Rams offensive line (and blocking) is bad.  Even with Jacob Bell in the lineup, the Rams are struggling to create holes for their running backs and keep the rushers off of Marc Bulger.

2. The Rams passing game is feast or famine.  The Cardinals struggled against the pass this year and the Rams could not take advantage of that fact and were controlled by the Cardinals defense.

3. The Rams defense is good, but not good enough to overcome injuries to the defensive backfield or overcome a sputtering offense.

4. The Rams have a lot of depth issues.

After 8 games, I do not think that any one suspected that the Rams would be any better than 2-6 considering their tough early schedule.  However, it is dissapointing to see the Rams play so well for a few weeks and then fall back down to earth so quickly.

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