“No more confidence problems for the Rams.”
“We’re going to win a lot more games in the first half.”
“The vibe at the stadium is going to be great this year.”
“We have a very realistic chance of making the playoffs.”
First of all, I hope all of these things come true. I think the first conversation has the greatest chance of coming true. The Rams had a lot of tough breaks for a long time it definitely took a mental or philosophical toll. Coach Fisher has been just what this team needed. The next 2… well frankly who cares. I don’t care if every game is won in the second half and I don’t think this is something anyone could predict. Kind of silly. Finally, the NFC West has 2 of the best team in the NFL in it (49ers and Seahawks). Even if all the changes we’ve made in the off season pan out, making it to the post season will be extremely difficult. I’m not saying we shouldn’t shoot for it, but it is WAY to soon to say it’s realistic.
To me the keys to the Rams success in 2013 are pretty obvious:
1 Both front lines need to play up to their potential.
2 The Rams need to some how produce a running game. Rams running stats in the preseason were pretty abysmal. I have always thought to be successful in the running game you need a power back and a speed back. Last year that was starting to develop with Jackson and Richardson. Jackson is gone and if opponent’s defenses are able to key off on the pass, then it could mean another long year for Bradford and company. My hope is that Stacy and Richardson can fill the bruiser/speedster void and keep teams off balance.
3 The defensive secondary has to step up. Ok, that may not be a fair way to put it. Our safeties Stewart and McDonald need to simply not give away the game (week after week). This could be the weakest spot of the team.
4 QB Bradford has got to stay healthy. Forgive me Rams Nation, but if Clemens ran the team, I don’t think our chances of success are very strong.
5 The final key to success is having an explosive receiving game. Now this key is within our grasp. Potentially, we will have the best o-line we’ve had in years and we finally have dangerous WR options. Between Austin, Cook, and Givens (et all) the Rams will be able to show different looks and exploit different parts of the field. The speed of our receivers is a serious threat.
The closer we get to the regular season the more excited I’m getting. But let’s keep it real Rams Fans.