The Same Old Story For the Rams
|Bring back the yellow and blues!|
- The Rams should go back to the yellow and blues instead of the gold and navy they have now. Or even better, go back to those fantastic blue and white uniforms they had in the 60s. Those were fantastic. Fantastically so, in fact.
- I really thought Justin King was going to turn into a major steal for the Rams when they nabbed him in the middle rounds of the draft a few years back. Turn out I was very, very wrong. The guy lets every receiver he faces get behind him. Terrible.
- I do think the Rams have found a nice cornerback out of this whole miserable situation in Josh Gordy. I don't know he's a starter in the league, but he's definitely been the find of the year for me in the secondary.
- Robert Quinn is awesome. He partially blocked another punt yesterday, batted down a pass late in the game on his way into Andy Dalton's nightmares, and did good work all afternoon against a slightly banged-up Cincinnati O-line. Quinn is right on schedule development wise after missing his final season at North Carolina, and he is going to be a monster down the road.
- Chris Long is already a monster, and it's really a shame he plays for such a lousy team, because he just isn't getting the kind of attention he should be for his thirteen (so far), sack season. It's funny now to look back and see how he was regarded as somewhat of a bust his first season or two in the league.
- The Rams played outstanding defense against the run yesterday, and I have to wonder where that intensity has been the rest of the season. Part of it may have been scheme -- I honestly haven't had time to watch the game again and try to break down exactly what was going on on every play. Honestly, though, it looked to me as if the Rams' defense just played better against the run, which makes me question what was different yesterday. It isn't as if the Bengals don't have a solid ground game, either; Cedric Benson has been one of the more productive backs in the league this season.
- I've been impressed with Austin Pettis of late as well. He took a lot of flak early in the season for some poor decisions and some dropped balls, but he's steadily improved as the season has gone on. The criticism early on was probably unfair, considering he was still playing in his first handful of NFL games. I'm not sure he has the speed to really go downfield, but I do think he has the hands, size, and route running ability to become what I was hoping Brandon Gibson would become all along: a solid possession receiver.
- Finally, after seeing Kellen Clemens run the offense yesterday, I have to wonder if the Rams now seriously consider shutting down Sam Bradford for the rest of the season. The team has nothing to play for, and I honestly don't think a half-mobile Sam is going to make a more representative showing that Clemens did yesterday. (In fact, I honestly think Clemens probably ran this offense better than Bradford has most of the time this season. At the very least his superior mobility and not staring directly at the guy he's planning on throwing the ball to gives him a fighting chance.) For the sake of Bradford's recovery and the team's long-term health I think I just might put Sam on injured reserve and tell him to be ready to go when minicamps open.