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Football is not Rocket Science



Football is not rocket science.  It’s simple really.  Ok, winning Super Bowls isn’t easy, but building a solid winning organization?  It’s like any business really.  You work hard, make smart decisions, and expect excellence.  Very little is surprising in business and very little is surprising in sports.  Sports are definitely more glamorous and a ton of money is involved, but it’s really the same in business.  Big money is big money is big money…  For example, a lot of attention has been given to the Roger Saffold situation.  Saffold is a solid offensive lineman who has suffered with staying healthy.  He had his chance at free agency and supposedly hit the jack pot with a big contract via the Oakland Raiders.  Next we find out he fails his physical and is immediately re-signed by the Rams.  Everyone in Rams Nation sits back and says,”hmmm.” 

Here’s what I think.  Bad move.  Bringing Saffold back is not a bad move, but bringing him back the way they did sends a message.  Winning… being excellent… is not a priority for the Rams.  Yes, the Rams are short offensive linemen heading into the 2014 season.  This is still no reason to panic.  Let me show you how simple the solution is…  Take the list of all NFL free agent offensive linemen currently available.  Now subtract all the guys who got cut.  Now only look at the men who played on dominant or winning teams in 2013.  What do you have left?  Over 50 highly skilled, underrated, and overlooked offensive linemen who would strengthen any squad.  They may not come cheap, but their contracts will still fall in the range of ‘sanity’ compared to the value they’d bring to a team.  Nobody ever talks about these 50+ guys.  Why not?  I have no reason why.  (Pro coaches… look me up… I’ll give you all of their names for a small fee.)  Now, while you’re signing a few of these guys, you talk to Saffold.  Make sure he knows you want him and will sign him, but not right after failing a physical.  Use your head.

Here’s another ‘not rocket science’ example.  Sam Bradford is never going to be a superstar QB.  After this many years in the NFL, if he was going to be a superstar it would have happened by now.  Now is it possible he has a few great years in him?  Absolutley.  The man has skills.  Sam has leadership qualities and when you look at the stats you know exactly what you’re going to get from him.  In my mind… that’s ok.  Build the team around who he is.  The state of denial is the worst place any team (or any person for that matter) can live.  Hey, Trent Dilfer won a super bowl.  The Bucs new what they had and used it wisely.

With all this being said I expect 2014 to be another mediocre season for the Rams.  The last time the Rams did something different?  The last time the organization did something to make the Rams a better team was when they hired coach Fisher.  What have they done since?  Baby steps.  It’s as if they make a few moves and ‘hope’ it will help.  You’ve got to be determined.  Relentless.  You’ve got to be smart.  And you have to demand excellence.  Correct me if you think I’m wrong, but I haven’t seen it.  The saddest thing?  It’s just not rocket science…

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4 Responses to “Football is not Rocket Science”

  1. Scott says:

    Way over simplified and please name these 50 offensive lineman… And saffold passed his physical with the rams the raiders failed him on some bull shit cuz they got buyers remorse. The rams made the right move signing saffold.

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