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They Call It Growing Pains For A Reason

It is not called growing “good times”.  Or growing “sweet sweet success”.  It is called “growing pains”.  And the Rams are going through their fare share of growing pains this season.  They have taken a step forward this season, actually beating teams they should beat (and one that was strongly favored) at home.  That is a huge step forward for the St. Louis Rams franchise that could not beat anyone over the past 3 seasons.  But, their growing pains are exacerbated when they head on the road.  The Rams have failed to get a win on the road in 4 tries, leading in the 2nd half in 3 of those 4 games.  Those three heart-breaking losses have accounted for several steps back for the Rams franchise.

The St. Louis Rams franchise has experienced a lot of regular pains over the last three seasons, winning only 6 games in 3 years.  So far in 2010, the Rams have won 4 games which is 1 more than they won over the past two seasons.  However, with these wins and the weak NFC West, the Rams have eyed a playoff berth a year after going 1-15.  But, it appears the Rams growing pains with a young team and a rookie quarterback might be too much to overcome in 2010.

It is good to see the Rams finally win games, but with winning and growing come higher expectations and growing pains.  The Rams have shown the ability to play good football, something we haven’t seen in St. Louis in a long time.  But, the Rams have been unable to execute on a consistent basis, which has cost them games in the 2nd half.  The Rams offense and coaching staff has trusted their defense late in the game.  The Rams defense has protected leads, but also has allowed leads to disintegrate.

The Rams defense is growing by leaps and bounds, but they have experience growing pains.  The Rams offense has taken a huge step forward behind their rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, but they have had their own growing pains, not moving the football when the team desperately needed them to.  The rebuilding of the Rams is not going to happen all at once as the Rams grow up right before our eyes, but that improvement does not help the losses hurt any less.

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2 Responses to “They Call It Growing Pains For A Reason”

  1. Deacon J says:

    Bradford is doing all he can with a bunch of backups. In fact, yesterdays game announcer commented that he was amazed at what Bradford has accomplished with a bunch of backups. His last 2 game percentages are 76 and 71 completion averages. Imagine if he had a really good receiver. There are a number of interesting receivers in this years upcoming draft. Also, free agency will offer another avenue for St Louis.

    • marv says:

      I agree with Deacon J about receivers who can put some fear in opponents defensive backs. I also would like to see a upgrade at outside linebacker.

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