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Rams Not Like Expansion Browns or Texans

Allen Kenney, blogging for the infamous Bleacher Report, drops this bomb in the bottom of his post about how Sam Bradford is unlucky to be targeted by the woeful Rams with the number 1 overall selection.

Sadly, this sounds a lot like the Texans around the time they drafted David Carr or the Browns when they picked Tim Couch No. 1.

  • The Rams’ receiving corps consists of a bunch of guys who would be fortunate to be classified as “complementary” on a decent team. At least Matthew Stafford had a stud wideout to work with last season; Donnie Avery is no Calvin Johnson.
  • The offensive line ranked 26th in the league. Tough for a quarterback to do much developing when he’s getting his ass handed to him routinely.

Let’s see why this makes no sense after the jump.

First and foremost, both Couch and Carr were drafted by expansion teams.  Couch was drafted when Cleveland returned to the league and David Carr by the expansion Texans.

First, the Texans, in the year after they drafted David Carr, had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.  The team never addressed the offensive line and David Carr got sacked more than any other QB in team history.  David Carr’s sack % in his first season was 14% and Couch’s was 12.9%.

The Rams sack % for all their QBs last year was 7.5%.  The Rams offensive line certainly underachieved in 2009 and had troubles with injuries, but they are nowhere near as bad as the expansion Cleveland or Houston.

The Rams have no true number 1 wide receiver, but they have one of the top 3 running backs in the NFL in Steven Jackson.  A star running back will help a team as much as a star wide receiver.  However, the star wide receiver certainly helps the quarterback’s numbers.  Steven Jackson will be able to take the pressure off whomever is the Rams QB in 2010.  Jackson has 1700 total yards in 2009 and Calvin Johnson had under 1000 yards receiving in 2009.  Both players struggled with injuries, but which one would you rather have?

Neither the expansion Texans or the expansion Browns had a running back over 600 yards.

The Rams were certainly a bad team in 2009, but going into 2010 they are in much better position than the two recent expansion teams were going into their first season.

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One Response to “Rams Not Like Expansion Browns or Texans”

  1. Brandon M says:

    Yeah, but we don’t need a qb for the first pick. All the talent at qb won’t help if he has no one open to throw to.

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