Monday, October 5, 2009
Around the NFC West: Rams missed on QB?
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wonders if the Rams are the worst team in NFL history. He picks apart the arguments of those who said the Rams shouldn't have drafted a quarterback because the team wasn't good enough to support a young one. I'm in agreement on that point, but the $8.5 million guarantee to Marc Bulger this season surely complicated the team's thought process at the position. Committing so much to one position in the first year of a rebuilding project might have made the Rams worse elsewhere. The overall long-term benefit still might have made drafting the right quarterback worthwhile, but I can certainly see why an organization with salary-cap issues and an aging roster did not go in that direction in 2009.
Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says the Rams appear to be a lost cause from a mental standpoint.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams broke every rule during their 35-0 defeat to the 49ers. Defensive tackle Clifton Ryan: "I'm asking our fans to be patient. I'm asking you guys in the media to be patient. We can't turn it around overnight. It's going to be a work in progress. When the Rams first got here they won the Super Bowl and went to two Super Bowls -- a lot of success in their first 10 years. I think our fans and the media got real spoiled. But we're going to get it back because we've got a lot of young guys dedicated to getting this show back on the road, and getting this franchise back to being one of the top franchises in this league."
Also from Thomas: The Rams are on pace to score 96 points this season even though Steven Jackson is on pace for 1,468 yards rushing.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Alex Barron appears to be "floundering" at left tackle for the Rams. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo benched Barron after the tackle failed to line up properly, negating a positive play by the offense.
Also from Coats: Kyle Boller struggled in his return to the Bay Area.
More from Coats: a report card with a "D" grade for the Rams' offensive line.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Barron symbolizes what is wrong with the Rams while a lot of other guys symbolize what is right. Burwell: "If you were looking for a symbol of everything that will eventually help drag the Rams out of their gawdawful losing ways, then spend a little time looking at the aching expressions of so many players like Jackson who took and gave out a beating all day long, well after the outcome of this game was determined. But if you were looking for the glaring sore thumb of everything that has helped hurtle this franchise into this downward spiral into pure football hell, Alex Barron is your man."
Turf Show Times' VanRam sees problems and offers a few potential solutions for the Rams. Starting Jason Smith at left tackle ranks high on the list.