It’s hard to have patience. We and I live in a ‘I want it now’ society. With that being said, 2013 is going be another year of building for the St Louis Rams. The Rams defense was good in 2012 and has added some additional young talent. The Rams offensive line looks to be tough with the additions of TE Jared Cook and LT Jake Long. But the problems I see are at the offensive skills positions.
The Rams number 1 pick in the 2013 Draft was WR Tavon Austin. At 5’9″, the speedy receiver will probably slip into the shoes of Rams former slot receiver Danny Amendola. This fills a whole in the offense, but isn’t really an upgrade. With the 7th draft selection we picked up RB Zach Stacy. Stacy is sort of an under sized Stephen Jackson and since we lost Jackson, again their is no incremental gain. In 2012 the Rams picked up a couple of speedster RBs, Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead with Richardson showing the most promise. I’m looking forward to seeing how effective the outside the tackle running of Richardson plus the inside the tackle running of Lacy proves to be.
The WR position remains the most worrisome for the Rams. Look for QB Bradford and slot receiver Austin to become best friends, but who will be the Rams’ long ball receiver? A few names emerged from 2012 (Gibson and Quick), but we don’t have anyone that will keep our opponent’s defensive coordinators up late at night. And which WR will be a red zone threat? I don’t see a definitive candidate.
So, this off season the Rams have strengthened the overall team. But we are still missing elite offensive weapons and until that is addressed, I don’t see us spending time in the post season. In an earlier blog I said we’re looking at a 6-10 season. That could improve by a game or 2, but again I don’t see us making the post season in 2013. Fisher is a smart guy. He is building, plotting, and scheming. Unfortunately, for now we need to keep being patient.