First Team Offensive Analysis

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The Pre-Season has come and gone, and as predicted, it was a pretty good pre-season for the Rams. This is encouraging, but not necessarily relevant to regular season performance. The success or failure of the 2009 Rams lies primarily with the first team offense and defense. In this article I will take a look at the offense. Here is my ranking scale(from bad to good): Not on My Team, Questionable, Solid, and Superstar.

Player by player analysis is after the jump!

Offensive Line

Center – Jason Brown: he’s in his 5th year and the Rams signed him from Baltimore. He has only played as a center for one year, prior to that he was at LG. Rating – Solid

Right Guard – Richie Incognito: he’s in his 4th year in the NFL. He has been with the Rams the entire time and the Rams have been terrible the entire time. He has only played as RG for 1 year. Rating – Questionable

Left Guard – Jacob Bell: he’s in his 6th year, 3 of the 4 years with the Titans they had losing records. Jason was with Rams last year and they sucked. Rating – Questionable

Right Tackle – Adam Goldberg: he’s a 7th year veteran, but only started 10 games in the last 3 years. Rating – Questionable

Left Tackle – Alex Barron: he’s in his 5th year in the NFL. Alex has played for the Rams since 2005 and has started and played in most every game. Rating – Solid

Money Makers

Wide Receiver – Laurent Robinson – he’s in his 3rd year and is still unproven. Rating – Questionable

Wide Receiver – Donnie Avery: he’s in his 2nd year with the Rams. Last year he played in 15 games and started 12. He had receptions totally 674 yards. Rating – Solid

Running Back – Steven Jackson: he’s in his 6th year. He has been with the Rams his entire career, but he has not been injury free since 2006 when he was selected to the Pro Bowl. Last year he rushed for over 1,000 yards and had receptions exceeding 375 yards. Rating – Superstar

Full Back – Mike Karney: he’s in his 6th year in the NFL and 2009 will be his first season with the Rams. While playing for the Saints he typically started in about half of their games. The Ram’s depth chart doesn’t have any one backing him up, but overall… Rating – Solid

Tight End – Randy McMichael: he’s in the 8th year of his professional career. Outside of only starting in 4 games last year, Randy has been a TE machine. He has nearly 4,000 career receiving yards. Rating – Solid

Quarterback – Marc Bulger: he is in his 8th year with the Rams. During this time the Rams have had 1 winning season under his leadership and 2 playoff appearances (8-8 record 2004). Bulger is definitely a super star caliber player, but in the last 2 years the Rams have only won 5 games. 2006 was Marc’s best season. He passed for just over 4,300 yards and had 24 TD passes. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2003 and in 2006. Marc exhibits tons of ability, but recent performances truly lack consistency. Rating – Questionable


Overall and in relation to the past few years, I think we are looking pretty good. I forecasted a 6-10 record for the Rams this year. I also said that if we could pick up a few swing games we could easily be back to respectability. After reading the above we are now familiar with what the Rams are working with. Here are 3 keys to having a successful 2009: 1) we need smart play calling, limit the long ball and play to our personnel 2) (obviously) we need to stay healthy and play good consistent ball, no pressure, but we need a big year from Steven Jackson and 3) develop and sustain a positive turnover ratio. This has been the one consistent factor to our pre-season success.


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