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Rams Should Not Fire OC Pat Shurmur

There is a lot of talk amongst fans about the Rams and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and how he should be fired.  This is obviously a reaction to the Rams offense and how terrible it was in the second half of the season and especially on Sunday night against Seattle.  The Rams certainly did not open up the playbook, in fact they did not make it past the “short passing” chapter.  But, that is no reason to fire a coach, especially with the way the Rams wide receivers played.

If Laurent Robinson keeps his feet down longer, if Danario Alexander hauls in both of the long bombs which went right off or right through his hands – Pat Shurmur is a genius.  A playcaller is only as good as his players and the Rams offensive players have been bad.  In the first four games of the season, while the Rams had Mark Clayton, he was routinely catching 30+ yard plays.

Additionally, rookie quarterback Sam Bradford has mastered a ton of the playbook, but he has not learned all of it.  That also limits the ability of the offensive coordinator to pick a play at the right time.  Sam Bradford was far and away better than anyone could have expected in his rookie year, but he was still a rookie and is still learning the playbook.  This is the worst time to change coordinators because Bradford will have an entire offseason to learn the whole playbook.  Number 1 overall QB Alex Smith has had more offensive coordinators than years in the league and it has not done him very well at all.  I’m not saying if you switch offensive coordinators that Sam Bradford will turn into a pumpkin, but the continuity is important for a young quarterback especially between year 1 and 2.

I’m not here to absolve Pat Shurmur of all blame for the problems with the Rams offense, but this is somewhat of a chicken and egg problem.  Do the Rams not open up the offense because they have limited receiver options or do the Rams not open up the offense which causes the Rams receivers not to play as well as they are capable.  One certain nail in that coffin was Sunday night and the Rams receivers poor play.  However, if the Rams improve their wide receiver corps, the Rams can open up the playbook with all their weapons or we can truly blame the offensive coordinator in 2 years if he does not properly utilize the Rams weapons when they acquire the big-time playmakers.

It makes no sense to fire Pat Shurmur this offseason, especially with the CBA negotiations going on, which means that a new coach will not even get to meet his players until after the new CBA is signed.  And the CBA negotiations could go into September.  A change in offensive coordinator and offensive philosophy would not help the Rams at this time.

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One Response to “Rams Should Not Fire OC Pat Shurmur”

  1. Ramsfan2101 says:

    Steven Jackson is the best runningback in the NFL! If rams receivers can’t catch then it’s obvious to give the ball to our only pro bowler! He can run and catch. Use your most talented player to his full potential! Amendola and Alexander will then have more free space to make plays. If shurmur can’t utilize his best player then he should go somewhere else

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