The St Louis Rams had an opportunity to put on a rushing clinic for their fans at the Edward Jones this past Sunday against the NY Jets. Prior to the game the Jets were ranked 29th in rushing defense in the NFL. This bode well for the Rams who had just showcased their running against a very tough SF 49ers. This could have been an epic day for Rams and Rams fans. Steven Jackson could have had another 100 yard game with a TD or 2. Daryl Richardson could have done the same. Heck, even Isaiah Pead could have gotten in on the fun.
Instead, we tossed any kind of game plan out the window. The defense followed suit. The Jets were ranked 30th in overall offense and their QB was ranked 25th in the league. So what do they do to us? Sanchez went 15-20, 178 yards and a TD. He had a 75% pass completion rate against us. That is simply inexcusable. At one time this season I remember the Rams being ranked 5th is passing defense. Obviously, we are way be low that right now.
Doing reasonable analysis is really a moot point. Rams opponents are exploiting the Rams weaknesses, but the Rams are not returning the favor. All of the stats, analysis, and practices are meaningless if your team shows up confused, unfocused, are unable to execute, and gives a heartless effort. Obviously the effort part does not apply to everyone on the team. Earlier in the season the defense and special teams really lifted up the offense. They played at a high level and with a lot of energy. Now both play with the same lack of energy and diminished execution. St. Louis’ defense hasn’t forced a turnover in five straight games, tying the NFL’s longest such slump since 1950, according to STATS LLC. I wish I could understand this Rams team.
Here’s a quote I really hate from a guy I really respect, ”We knew they were going to come out and give us their best shot and with some fight because of all the stuff that has been going on over there,” Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said. ”Teams in the NFL just don’t fold.”R.B. Fallstrom (AP Sports Writer) The way that reads to me is that other teams don’t quit. The Rams need to get their hearts back. This is not something some extra padding or more time in an ice bath can cure. Courage? Desire? Heart? Where do you get more of that? Come on Rams…