What are the Los Angeles Rams?
After week one the Rams looked like the worst team in the league, both in terms of on field performance and front office decision making. After week two, the expectations for the Rams have leveled out to the exact same as the end of last season, that of a perpetual 7 – 9 team. Let’s look at what we learned from each week’s game.
Week 1: 28 point loss the San Francisco 49ers.
This was perhaps the worst game I have personally seen played by a football team. There was literally no positive traits you can take away from this game. The defense was abysmal, the offense was 3 and done all night long, and the run game was telegraphed and just stomped out instantly. The coaching staff made no adjustments, no risk taking, and showed no semblance of competence. And this was against the 49ers whom many had pegged as a bottom of the barrel team (hindsight is really questioning that after their 2-0 start).
Making matters worse #1 overall pick Jared Goff was inactive, making their sacrifice of 6 draft picks look just plain stupid.
LA fans walked away wanting a refund, and dreading what week 2 would look like.
Week 2: 9 – 3 Victory over the Seattle Seahawks
In a game that is equally surprising and classically Rams, they edge out a win against rival and perennial championship contending Seahawks. The defense showed up and stopped Russell Wilson, making him look like a middle of the pack QB. Hopefully the defense can keep it up. The offense was still bad, but at least Keenum had a couple of throws. Doing just enough to get into field goal range. On the bright side Todd Gurley ran for 50 yards which is a big step up from Week 1 and a sign of things to come from the young star running back.
Still no Jared Goff, but after some of the hits Keenum took maybe it’s good for Goff to sit tight until the O-Line is fortified.
LA fans left this game with their heads up high, knowing they beat a damn good team and did it in Los Angeles.
What did we learn?
The Rams have a lot of work to do, and a lot of questions to answer. Defensively they’re solid and will continue to build off of week 2’s successes. On offense they are in desperate need of help. The O-line did better in week 2 upgrading itself to Swiss cheese status. The receiver slots are occupied by umm what are their names? Exactly, they have nobodies at receiver. And at QB Case Keenum is looking like nothing more than a stop gap.
The final question is Jared Goff and his status on the team. Some people are calling him a bust, despite not having played a single game in the NFL. However, it is hard not to criticize the Rams front office after giving up six draft picks. On top of it all Carson Wentz who went at #2 is starting for the Philadelphia Eagles and has been killing it, leading his team to a 2—0 start with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. However the Eagles are just better prepared for a rookie QB, they have a solids O-line and some good offensive weapons that give Wentz an edge. Goff has yet to play a game and it may have more to do with the Ram’s offense in general than Goff’s skill as a QB. Why would the Rams risk their QB of the future? Not only is Goff in danger of injury because a weak offensive line, but when he doesn’t perform and have the stats of a #1 pick, the media and fans will kill him. A lack of offensive tools and receivers will not be a viable excuse to fans and media especially in a new town. Like Aaron Rodgers who sat one the bench for 2 years, let the kid figure things out and don’t call him a bust before he has even played a single minute of NFL football.
Looking ahead to Week 3
Sunday vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is really just uncharted waters, both teams have had a good hard fought win and a brutal defeat. It will ultimately come down to the Ram’s defense vs the Buc’s offense. If the defense makes some plays and pressures Winston then the Rams can eke out a victory. If the Buc’s start slinging, there is no chance that the Rams can win a shootout.
Get ready for another ugly win LA fans, this may be the future of Los Angeles football.
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