The St. Louis Rams did a great job in this years draft, maybe the best in the league. They started by adding the biggest play maker in the draft, from West Virginia Tavon Austin at wide reciever. This isnt the only player they drafted from West Virginia, they drafted Tavons teammate Steadman Bailey in the third round, needless to say Sam Bradford will have the offensive threat at the receiver position to be able to move the ball in the air. Using Alec Ogletree as a line backer who use to be a safety should give them a slight advantage.
In this years draft the rams took advantage of their picks more than other teams did. I believe these players will do well for the rams. Although they should have picked a running back earlier in the draft i believe they will be okay with the leave of Steven Johnson to Atlanta.
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Now, what you all have been waiting for. RAMS TALK! 7-8-1 record overall. 6-5-1 record in the NFC. 4-1-1 record in arguably one of the toughest divisions, the NFC WEST. But Wait!, no Steven Jackson or Danny Amendola? Coming off of a season of ups and downs the Rams are looking to improve on the “ups” through the draft and free-agency this off-season. With big off-season trades from both Seattle and San Francisco the Rams will have to make some significant moves in order to stay competitive within the division. Signing Right Tackle Jake Long is definitely a plus and should help bolster the offense after loosing a pivotal player in Steven-Jackson. Jake Long will be an asset in the run game for 3rd year running back Daryl Richardson who seems to be the leading candidate to replace Jackson. Richardson emerged as a speed threat this past season as he served as a nice compliment to Jacksons grown and pound run style. Jake Long will also be called upon to protect young quarterback Sam Bradford who the Rams hope can move into the ranks of the “elites”. As for loosing Amendola, lets look for the Rams to snag a receiver in one of the later rounds of the draft. Stay Tuned for more updates on the draft and other off-season transactions.
Players to Watch in 2013: Janoris Jenkins, Sam Bradford, Daryl Richardson, Jake Long Robert Quinn
Many thought Bradford would break out this year, much like Stafford last year. However, that has not been happening. Next year could be Bradford’s last to show he was worthy of being a #1 pick.
The Rams were 2-14 last year and will go 5-11 this year. That was such a reverse year last year, this year needs to be better.
The NFC West is more wide open than it ever has been in recent memory. I honestly have no idea who will win it this year. I can tell you one thing, it certainly won’t be the Rams. Sam Bradford is looking to live up to his rather lucrative rookie contract of $78 million, but this won’t be the year he does that. At least not until he gets more help. His top receiver is Donnie Avery and he is injured.
Their offensive line is abysmal, as the Rams were one of the worst teams in the league in giving up sacks to the opposing defense. That has to change before Bradford can be an effective quarterback. Imagine if he had Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt around like in the old days. That would be a pretty dangerous team.
The bottom line remains, Bradford will not live up to his contract, or his potential for that matter, until the Rams get him some help offensively. Until that happens, they will just have to be stuck with a boatload of sacks and Steven Jackson creating from nothing out of the backfield. Bradford has the tools to become a consistent franchise quarterback.
The Rams will finish last in the NFC West with a 4-12 record. The NFC West will be kind to them. In any other division, they would be lucky to get two wins.
By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network
Steve Spagnuolo isn’t normally a numbers guy, but sometimes stats are unavoidable. Such was the case with Sunday’s 27-17 loss to Seattle.
“If you said our defense was going to hold Seattle to 265 total yards, a quarterback rating of 65, and 95 yards passing, I would’ve said that was going to be pretty good,” Spagnuolo said.
When it come to pass defense, and total defense, those certainly are numbers you can live with.
But instead of earning a rare victory, the Rams got yet another loss — and a double-digit one at that — against a Seahawks squad that has won only two of nine games this season against teams not named St. Louis.
“Always a tough one to swallow when you feel like it’s two even opponents playing a tough football game … and then you kind of let it get away,” Spagnuolo said. “I think it came down to turnovers and run defense.”
On an offense that is averaging only 11.8 points a game, there is little margin for error. Legitimate chances to score haven’t come around that often for the Rams, so turnovers (and missed field goals, for that matter) can be very deflating.
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