What do we have to do to beat the Seahawks? We have to stop Marshawn Lynch (duh). That means a couple things. The most obvious is to make tackles and not allow extra yards post contact. And second, which will lead to my next point, is we have to play to stop the run. We have got to start trusting our defensive secondary. Let’s load up the box and at least make it difficult for Marshawn.
The Rams have to mix it up on offense and defense. Most of my time is spent watching the Rams so I can’t say this for certain, but I’d have to guess the Rams are the most predictable team in the NFL. Instead of our mostly ineffective straight 4-3 defensive scheme let’s switch it up. Let’s play a nose tackle or show some blitzes. Offensively, even against Seattle’s tough safeties we have to go long in our passing game. We’ve got make the attempts and stretch the field. If Bradford can’t get it done with the O-line we have then let’s bring in Clemens. We cannot keep playing to the least common denominator (ex: our running backs are not that good so we stop running the ball… No! The running back has to step up and do his job or we play someone else who will.)
Next we have to execute. I’m not living in denial here. The Seahawks are the favorite to win. On paper they have the better team, but we can be better than them on Sunday. We can be more focused and more prepared. Its crucial for the Rams to get an early score. And by score I mean a TD. We need to get the fans into the game like we did with the Redskins. A little confidence and momentum could go along way on Sunday.
Finally, we have to decide to do whatever it takes to win. I’m not a big Miami Heat fan, but I respect the way they closed out the 2011 season. After the first two games of the NBA finals it looked bad for Miami. Sick of the critics (and sick of seeing Kobe with all his championship rings) LeBron James (and crew) made a decision. They drew a line in the sand and refused to back down. They won the 2011 NBA Championship on raw determination. The Rams have got to get sick of losing. Sick of being the laughing stock of the NFL. Just sick of not winning. I think there are only a few players on our team who are there. Not Bradford, not Jackson, not the O-line, not Gibson, not Smith, not Richardson, and I don’t think even Amendola is there yet. Rams players have got to get sick.
That’s it. Go Rams!