49ers 35 Rams 0
That pretty much sums up sunday's game between St. Louis and San Francisco. You don't have to look real close either to find out what was the straw that broke the camel's back in this one. In a word, turnovers; more specific, turnovers returned for touchdowns. It was another case of an inept Rams offense that looked like it didn't even belong on the field.
The Rams have started 0-4 the past 2 seasons now. The offense couldn't find the endzone if they had a GPS and Christopher Columbus leading the way. What I see needs to be changed. I wonder how can other teams like the Cardinals, 49ers, Falcons, Texans, and Saints can change for the better so quick, but we can't. When the Rams dominated the NFC West from 1999-2003 the teams mentioned above were terrible. How quickly things change. The Cardinals were NFC champions last year. The 49ers are 7-2 since Mike Singletary took over, and look like the favorites to win the NFC West in 2009. The Falcons won the NFC South last year with a rookie quarterback in Matt Ryan. The Texans went from a rediculous expansion team with terrible habits to a legitimate 8-8 team. The Saints possess one of the best offenses in the NFL today. Yet the Rams can't do anything but punt and create turnovers.
The Reason why this team is the way it is? Previous management. I first want to say I like our new head coach a lot. Steve Spagnolu is going to be a good hire, but he has to be given time. He, as well as Bill Devaney, have inherited the biggest mess anyone could have asked for. The previous staff has left their mark of a terribly ran franchise. The draft picks were disappointing and the free agent signings were shameful. The key to building a great team like the Patriots, Colts, and Steelers is by making solid draft picks. These are teams that rarely miss on draft day. Lets look at our misses in the past few years especially in the 1st round. 2006 - Tye Hill, cornerback Clemson. 2003 Jimmy Kennedy - defensive tackle, Penn State. 2002 - Robert Thomas, linebacker UCLA. 2001 - Ryan Pickett, defensive line, Ohio State, 2001 - Damione Lewis, defensive line, Miami FL, - 2001 Adam Archuleta, strong saftey, Arizona State. None of these players remain with the Rams. Note the year 2001 with three 1st round picks, and none retained today. Infact the only Rams that are still on the team drafted in the first round are Steven Jackson (2004), Alex Barron (2005), Adam Carriker (2007), Chris Long (2008), and Jason Smith (2009).
The free agent signing has also been terrible. The Rams have thrown big money contracts at washed up duds. Drew Bennet got a 3 year - 30 million dollar deal and was only healthy for 2 games. Corey Chavous was a bust when brought over from Minnesota in the 2006 offseason. Dexter Coakley was just as bad of a signing. Randy McMichael should be sent to Detroit where his buddy Scott Linehan is coaching.
Changes need to be made if the Rams want to get out of the cellar. The offense needs a complete makeover. Everyone but Steven Jackson and the starting offensive linemen should be worried about their job. Marc Bulger being the biggest disappointment when he got his 60+ million dollar extension. That was at the time a bigger contract then what Tom Brady of New England had.
On the defensive side O.J. Atogwe, Chris Long, Will Witherspoon, James Lauranitis, James Butler, Ron Bartell, and Adam Carriker are starting points for a better defense, but there are big holes. Leonard Little is well over 30, its time to move on with him. There needs to be a better No.2 cornerback. We need an outside linebacker that can make plays.
It won't happen overnight, and until it does the Rams now currently possess the longest losing streak in the NFL.
Incase you were wondering what happend in todays Rams game, it was a lackluster performance. The 49ers scored 21 points off of defensive touchdown returns. Kyle Boller had no success in the passing game. Steven Jackson did accumulate 85 yards of offense but never got a chance to score. The Rams did sack Shaun Hill four times, but forced zero turnovers.
Next week the Rams are home to take on the Minnesota Vikings. Lets hope maybe the Rams can suprise some and get a much needed victory.