Not sure why this one hurts so much (every loss hurts). I silently anticipated a butt kicking at our expense. But there’s this little voice running through the back of my mind “the Rams have all the right people”. “The Rams have an elite d-line.” “The Rams upgraded the QB position.” “The Rams actually have plenty of offensive weapons.” “The Rams have an o-line that should be able to do the job.” My mind wanders on and on like this. And yet… we still look just as bad as we did last year. And the year before… and the year before… I don’t get it.
We got off to a slow start which hurt us. Then we received almost zero output from any of our running backs (not sure if its their fault or if the o-line simply wasn’t opening holes for them). Now we’re one dimensional. Throw in a variety of unforeced errors (missed and dropped passes) and it becomes nearly impossible to beat a good team. Even a good team being led by it’s backup QB. I hate to say it out loud, but I think Foles (in a single play) cost us the game. I know I know, no game comes down to a single play, but with 6:26 remaining in the game we were on the Steelers 19 yard line. We’re down by 6 points and its 3rd and goal. For a good team; for any team to win a game… you have got to score a TD here. Foles drops back to pass and all the Rams receivers are covered. Foles wasn’t under a huge amount of durress and could have… needed to scramble and give one of his receivers a chance to get open. Instead, he runs right up the middle of the field. At perhaps the most important moment of the game Foles made the worst possible decision. We settled for a FG and as a result weren’t technically and unequivocally out of the match, but I think this cost us the game.
I saw a comment on Twitter that went something like “I have never seen such a fundamentally unsound football team.” We have a lot of talent, but our output and execution is terrible. Next week we play the Cardinals and the following week we play the Packers. Things are not going to get better for us Rams fans.
Greg Williams – our defense has to play tough from the first snap; not sometime in the 2nd quarter when we’re already in a whole. You’re very good at red zone defense, but other teams own you on the rest of the field. And its not like the Steelers offense was doing anything tricky or sophisticated.
Jeff Fisher – when are you going to learn how to coach your offense? No matter how much money you toss at your o-line they always seem to under perform. After what I’ve seen today I’d have to ask if Tavon Austin can throw the ball? At least Austin showed some heart. And Austin would have had a chance of making it to the end zone (vs Nick Foles running straight up the middle of the field #Icantfrickinbelieveit). I don’t feel like I want to blame any of this mess on Frank Cignetti. He’s shouldn’t be the offensive coordinator to start with. Previously he was our QB coach and based upon the performance of our QBs over the past 4 years I’d have to ask “why does Frank have a job with the Rams at all”?
Time for some soul searching gentlemen. When are things going to turn around?
Next week we’re in Arizona against what’s looking like a 3-0 football team. Let’s do this Rams!