So are we getting better? There’s a little hype… a little enthusiasm going around… Well, the Rams are 6-8 with 2 games remaining. It’s reasonable to think we could come away with a win this weekend against the NY Giants (we’re playing at home and the Giants are a subpar team just like us). The following game and season closer is against the Seahawks in Seattle. I’d say the odds of us winning that game are slim (the Seahawks are playing tough and they’re almost unbeatable at home). So, if these outcomes are as they’d appear, we’d finish the season 7-9.
The last year we had a non-losing season was in 2006 (8-8) and the last time we had a winning season was way back in 2003 (12-4). Below is a list of our seasonal records for the last 10 years:
Hard to glean a lot from this, but let’s add a Winning% column and graph it over these last 10 years (a tie is a non-win):
Ok, this makes it clear that since 2009 (with the exception of 2011) we have seen noticeable improvement. But do you notice anything funny about these numbers? Yes, we’ve improved, but again we haven’t had a non-losing season since 2006 (8-8). What this says to me is we’re having the wrong discussion, since we’ve been so frinkin’ terrible for so long, the conversation should not be ‘are we improving?’, but when are we going to win? It’s like saying someone with a terminal illness is getting better. It’s a sad and pointless conversation.
What do we do next? The defense has showed significant improvement over the course of the year. I’m going to say this is valid because they’re not just ‘improving’ they’re becoming the dominant force we expected them to be. I say Gregg Williams stays. The offense? The offense hasn’t even stepped into the conversation because they’re not improving. They’re pretty consistently the inept bunch of players we’ve seen over and over these past 10 years. Schottenheimer needs to go. Since Fisher was smart enough to bring Williams on board, I’m going to say he should get a pass. His next job is to hire the Gregg Williams equivalent for the offense. Sam Bradford? Don’t cry, but he’s got to go. I know I know we all love Sam Bradford. He’s a likeable guy, but even when he’s healthy (which is not often) he’s an average QB. Does he have good stats in a few categories? Sure. But nothing screams louder than the stat of consistent losing.
Let’s get the right conversation started Rams fans. What’s it going to take to become winners again? What’s it going to take to return to glory?