While you can’t completely write last week off the books… I think we need to completely wipe last week’s game off the books. Fisher had a bit of a brain fart by not anticipating what the Colts would be up to. Yes, you have to stick to your game plan, but not to the detriment of your team. This week Fisher has got to understand the eyes of Rams Nation are watching. Sure, have your own agenda, but prepare and protect the moral of your team. With that in mind there are a few things we need to see:
The Rams need to come out and score. Fisher has made a big point of emphasizing our in your face (go ahead and stack 8 or 9 defenders in the box) and running through ya offense. Now it’s time to see it. Bradford wants to see it. Bradford would really like for the weight of the entire season to be slightly lifted from his shoulders. If we need to, break out some creative play calling, then get it done. Otherwise, run, run, outlet pass, third down conversion and then again run, run, outlet pass, and third down conversion. Over and over (not necessarily in that order). Once we have moved the ball, once we have scored the ball, and once we have established our running game, then mix it up down field. If we are going to talk this talk, then it’s time to put it into practice. The Chiefs had 7 sacks last week against the Cardinals and we definitely do not want to see a repeat today.
On the flip side, we need to get into Cassel’s face over and over. Last week we were able to apply pressure to Andrew Luck from the edges, but not so much in the middle. This week Brockers and company need to step it up. Cassel was 5-6 on 2 scoring drives last week. He is not typically known for his passing accuracy so we need to shake him up. A fleeing Cassel is an inaccurate Cassel. A couple of 3 and outs, a couple of turnovers, and a huge shift in the outcome of the game could occur.
Finally, I want to see Bradford get some extended playing time. It is pretty frustrating in the course of a week to hear your star (and very expensive) QB is going to need surgery by the end of the season and then to hear “na, just kidding”. How does the saying go? “inquiring minds want to know”. Is he good or not? And again let’s get that run offense going. I’m not sure if you understand how important this is for us. It is how Fisher is building the team. It is the difference between us having another embarrassing season and us turning the corner into the next chapter (a winning chapter). We don’t have a pass blocking O-line, we don’t have a clear #1 wide receiver, and we might not even have a healthy starting QB. Is all this starting to get a little clear?
Well, these are the things I want to see. Not a lot. I just want to see the Rams put their money where their mouth is. Go Rams!!!