No Regression up to the Mean on Sunday

Rams Herd follows up with the 3 reason Football Outsiders thought that the Rams would have an improved 2009 and sees very little improvement there.

  1. Heavy investment in linemen — they focused on our high draft pick, but the free agent dollars given to Brown should also be factored in. While Smith didn’t make any obvious mistakes, there was a constant flow of ugly teal shirts into the Rams’ backfield, and the Rams designed few running plays in his direction.
  2. Improved red zone performance — their rationalization was that this would get better simply by improved luck alone. The Rams went an ugly 0-for-2 in this department.
  3. Better third-down performance — Rams went 2 for 12 today, and 0-for-3 in terms of these key factors.

One game does not a season make, but with all the issues the Rams have had in the past, it hurts to see those same problems over and over again.


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