Despite being a young football team, there is talent on the Rams Are there depth issues at the cornerback position? Yes. Do Billy Devaney and his staff need to continue to find BLUE players (playmakers and difference-makers) to continue to build the championship foundation? Yes. But the players I watch every day in practice are working hard, receiving coaching, are not the same players that show up on game day. We are only seeing flashes in games. We have not seen what could and should be.
OK, let’s get past the rookies dropping balls and punts, the injuries to several players and opposing defensive players faking injuries to slow down the Rams’ no-huddle offense which was very effective, and dive in a little deeper.
This is the ultimate team sport on the planet. Working together like a finely tuned engine is the key to success. While the Rams have dug themselves a hole and jumped into it, they still have 14 games to dig their way out. They need to come together as a team. I know what you’re saying. That is what the preseason is for. But sometimes it takes a little longer to develop team chemistry. The Rams still need to fine tune and concentrate on the little things and pay attention to details when it comes to the X’s and O’s.
Coaches put players in position to make the big play. Players execute the game plan, and like coaches should be held at a high standard. This is, after all, the National Football League. Coach Steve Spagnuolo has improved on activating the right players on the 46-man roster and has activated the players that give his team the best chance of defeating the opponent. The players chosen, whether they are starters, special teams standouts or those filling in for starters must raise their game to another level.
Part of the problem as I see it, is that the Rams have several RED players (starters and heavy contributors), that you can win with. They flash BLUE traits (with ascending skill set), but when are they going to ascend? A lot of the RED players are veterans and are new to the team and have not made a difference to this point. It’s time to step up. They have too many ORANGE players (backups and special teams players with limited production; they struggle to match up with high RED players, and limited skill set to ascend to a low RED player) and several of those players have high injury history.
Spagnuolo said at his press conference on Tuesday, “I will say this, and I’ve always said this, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Now, you can only use that saying for so long because you start to run out of games. But that is true at this particular point. What we intend to do is learn from what’s happened so far and move forward. That’s just how we operate and that’s what we’ll do. We’ve got to correct certain things that are very visible, that being turnovers and penalties.”
It’s time to look at the man in the mirror and ask several questions. Who am I? How can I help make a difference? The veteran leaders in the locker room need to stand up and take charge. The time is now!