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2011: A Historical End

The last 5 years have been especially tough for Rams fans.  In five years we have played 80 regular season games.  Out of those 80 we have won 15.  15 stinkin games.  Since last year’s season of 7-9 seems to be somewhat of a statistical anomaly, we veritably averaged about 2 wins a season during the other 4 years.  Our longitudinal record of 15 wins over 5 years qualifies as the worst 5 year period in Rams history.  I have to pause after writing this.  I mean I knew we were bad, but until I looked at the stats I didn’t realize we had witnessed a historical season.

The Rams were founded in 1937 (Cleveland Rams).  In the first 5 years of their existence the Rams won 16 games, but that was in an eleven game seasonal format.  Things picked up in 1945 when the Cleveland Rams won the NFL championship with a regular season record of 9-1 (I couldn’t find out why there were only 10 games that season).  The very next year the Rams moved to Los Angeles.  From 1946 to 1958 the Rams had 1 losing season.  They also earned 5 playoff appearances and another NFL Championship in 1951.  Starting in 1959 they entered into an additional stretch of losing (7 years straight).  In the middle they again posted 16 wins over 5 years (this time in a seasonal format of 12-14 games).  The next time the Rams experienced such a dark era wasn’t until the early 90’s when they experienced a 5 year stretch of winning only 23 games.  Of course this brings us to present day where we have observed the worst stretch of Rams football in their history.

So where do we go from here?  To be honest my first thought is to rejoice that Spagnuolo and Devaney were fired.  I am sooo serious.  I perused the pages of Ramsgab today and I was all smiles.  Nothing personal against those guys; I don’t know them at all, but there is no question they have been in the wrong job for the last 3 years.  Next, we hope that a GM and coaching staff can be brought in who are at the very least smarter and more football savvy than the average Sunday morning lazyboysittin, litebeerdrinkin, armchairscreaming, headcoaching wannabees.  All of us know we only have 1 good wide receiver, we know Sam Bradford has become scared in the pocket, we know most of the defensive secondary is lame, and we know the only other offensive threat on our team is Steven Jackson (most of us even know that SJ hasn’t had a good game in the first 4 games of a season for at least 5 years).  None of us really know what to do about our terrible offensive line since the Rams invested a lot of money in these guys and coaches seemed to be making a lot of the right moves without any kind of performance payoff.  But the new coaching regime better be able to answer this question.

Finally, I too am just glad this season is over.  It’s hard to be objective when your team is so bad.  Since we are clearly at the bottom, there is really nowhere to go but up.  Let’s hope that billionaire owner ‘Silent Stan’ does his job behind the scenes and we can move out of the current dark ages of Rams football and into an era more closely resembling our beloved “greatest show on turf”!  Happy New Years everyone.

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