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St Louis Rams – Where’s the Beef?

So I went to the Rams web site to make sure they even have a GM. I mean it could be possible the position is vacant (it would explain a lot). I would hate to make a big fuss about the overall lack of talent on our team if there was a reasonable explanation. It turns out the Rams do have a GM (Bill Devaney). It turns out they also have an Executive VP of Football Operations (did they put the word ‘football’ in the title to keep Mr. Demoff from getting confused?), a Vice President/Player Personnel (Mike Williams), a half dozen directors (literally they have 6), and nearly 10 others working on scouting/recruiting. Are most of these people imaginary place holders someone made up and is funneling their salaries to a secret account in the Caymens? How can you have that many people employed in recruiting and scouting and not have any talent?

Would you argue we don’t have talented receivers? Or any depth in our running game (you better not because it is an obvious observation)? We just came out of a juicy free agency and a NFL draft so how did this happen? Ok, ok, that stuff can be complicated so let’s cut all these recruiting guys some slack. What about in the last couple of weeks? Who have we picked up? Well, we picked up Mark Clayton and we moved a few guys around the practice squad. That’s about it.

Clayton has looked pretty good in the first two games, but let’s be honest. He’s another Billy Bajema. This guy has been around a few years, had 1 high profile year, but when the Ravens were able to upgrade his position (with TJ Houshmandzadeh) they traded him (to us). And do you know how much TJ signed for? He signed for the league veteran minimum of $855k. WHY DIDN’T WE GO AFTER TJ? Ok, he probably didn’t want to play for the Rams, but slap some more money on that deal and toss in a small signing bonus and ‘wa-la’… we have ourselves a bonafided Pro Bowl WR.

A few weeks back Bryan Westbrook was looking for a home. Any disagreement he would have had a serious positive impact on our running game? Even more recently the Rams were presented with an opportunity to pick up 2009 Pro Bowl WR Vincent Jackson from the SD Chargers. Jackson had 68 receptions for over 1,100 yards and 9 TDs last year. He’s been around the league for 5 years so he also brings other intangibles to the table like leadership, perseverance, and a winning attitude. Sure this was never a sure thing, but winners get it done. Gentleman, (scouts/recruiters etc) you need to do your jobs and get this kind of talent on our team.

I am not knocking Clayton, but he does not have a track record of sustained high performance. Like I said all last year, the Rams will not become a winning team until ownership and management want to win. Right now they clearly do not.


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3 Responses to “St Louis Rams – Where’s the Beef?”

  1. Jeff Roman says:

    TJ Housh chose the Ravens over the Rams.
    Brian Westbrook chose the 49ers over the Rams.
    Not much anyone could do there. They just didn’t want to come to STL.

    Would you want to trade Roger Saffold and James Laurainitis for Vincent Jackson? Because that’s the asking price before you get to the contract. Plus I don’t know about the leadership with VJax because of the multiple DUIs.
    Stan Kroenke killed the VJax possible acquisition because of the DUIs after the Braylon Edwards incident.

    But, I know how you feel.

  2. My bad on VJ (although sometimes you have cater to or babysit talented and troubled stars to get their high performance). And why don’t star players (Westbrook and Housh) want to come to St Louis? Not just because we’re not winning, but because we don’t have a plan to win.

    If the Rams approached Brian and said “We are going after TJ and we VJ. We are serious about turning this thing around.” If that happened, we’d have a much more of a chance at picking these guys up. That’s all I’m saying. We need to PLAN on winning.

  3. Jeff Roman says:

    I agree with you. It does not appear like there is a plan. Or if there is a plan, it is not obvious to us.

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