2014 Rams – Ulterior Motives?

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The Rams did very little in free agency and very little in the 2014 draft. Why? There are only a couple reasons why a team who hasn’t had a winning season in 10 years would bypass their only major avenues for improvement. The three reasons that come to mind are 1) a lack of money, 2) the belief your club is good enough as it is and 3) team ownership has ulterior motives.

1 Lack of money – according to Forbes the Rams reported $21M in operating for 2013. That means after all operating expenses were paid, Rams ownership walked away with a cool $21M profit. The Rams are making money so this is not the reason.

2 We are good enough – after a disappointing 2013 and after picking up mostly mediocre talent in the off season, could Rams management and coaching believe they’re sufficiently staffed to right this ship that’s been off course for so long? Well, Pro Football Focus has just ranked 2014 NFL rosters and if you think the Rams are ok, you’re not going to like what they had to say. Pro Football Focus ranked the Rams 31st out of 32 teams (only the Jaguars ranked lower). To make things crystal clear here is a quote from Pro Football Focus’ article published by ESPN ‘Ranking the rosters 1-32’

70.8 percent of the projected (Rams) starters’ grade out as average or worse, with the entire back seven from the defense fitting that description. Safeties T.J. McDonald and Rodney McLeod represent a starting pair that have graded out poorly so far, a stark contrast to the quality elsewhere in the division at the position.

Don’t fool yourselves; our team is not ok.

That only leaves us with…

3 Ownership has ulterior motives – my definition of ulterior motives is when operational decisions are driven by anything other than a pure desire to win.   Now, if I was an owner and I was getting ready to move my team, there is a possibility I’d want to save some money. Rams owner Stan Kroenke recently purchased a large amount of property in LA, CA. Right now the city of Los Angeles has plans on the table for a $1 billion football stadium (according to Forbes). Did I mention the Rams can legally walk away from the Edward Jones Dome in 2015?

I don’t know if the Rams are moving (please don’t move to London), but the Rams are not singularly focused on winning. Where do we go from here? Well, we wait. We wait for unexpected talents to defy the odds and lead us to victory. We wait for the universe and the stars in the sky to align. And we wait for the time when Rams ownership is singularly focused on winning.

Go Rams!


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10 Responses to “2014 Rams – Ulterior Motives?”

  1. Sec152row4 says:

    The NFL moving to LA is quite unlikely. If Forbes is referring to Framers Field, the article below lays out some very solid reasons why the city (literally) has moved to “plan B’ for that site which doesn’t include a Stadium.

    http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/05/la_officially_gives_up_on_the_downtown_nfl_stadium_plan.php

    It is possible that the Inglewood CA property could be used for a stadium. On the other hand, if you consider the development project on the 238 acres of Hollywood Park that it’s connected to, it’s more likely to become a shopping center that would probably include a Wal-Mart. The Hollywood Park race track is turning into a community with almost 3000 new homes, several parks, and an elementary school. With limited highway access, it doesn’t appear to be a good option for an NFL/MLS stadium.

    http://www.hollywoodparktomorrow.com/plan/

    Of the three reasons you listed above, I believe #2 is the most accurate. (sadly)

  2. ole'man river says:

    We have coaches now that are known for polishing turds into talent, and our defense is going to be ruthless.

  3. Great, thanks lot for these type of post.

  4. Berdj J. Rassam says:

    The Rams will not compete for a Super Bowl ring in 2014, or a playoff spot, or even be serious contenders in the NFC West.

  5. Richard says:

    I am very skeptical of any NFL team moving back to LA, the Rams least of all. That said, part of me (the naive little boy part of me long since left behind) would love to see the Rams back “where they belong” after having played twenty years of away games. I know there is a lot of anger in STL about the Rams possibly being stolen by LA, but then twenty years ago the theft went the other way. The truth is, though, LA doesn’t own “the NFL Rams” any more than STL does. People who love(d) the team, as I did until they moved from LA to OC (and don’t kid yourself, Orange County is no more Los Angeles than NJ is NY) when I stopped caring about all professional sports, were not figured into the equation that begins with $ = and ends with $$$. If the Rams move back to LA, it will be because the Clippers sold for 2 billion dollars when they are worth but a fraction, because the Rams current owner, STL boy or not, sees vast riches to pile upon riches by moving, and because I don’t own the team, you don’t own the team, LA and STL don’t own the team, and the guy who does own the team can do just about any damn thing he wants to with it.

    So, stop worrying, STL, the Rams are going nowhere (I heard that said in LA twenty years ago), it’s not going to happen, no way, nada, uh-huh. But if it does, it was never your team to lose anyway.

  6. Sec152row4 says:

    Great perspective. Thanks.

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