TEAM: St. Louis Rams
SPEC. TEAMS D-
FRONT OFFICE F
STRENGTH OT, RB,
WEAKNESS DT, WR, DC, DS,
OFF. MVP Orlando Pace
DEF. MVP Leonard Little
TOP ROOKIE Donnie Avery
Comments: The Rams are without question a total disaster! Scott Linehan, who became the first head coach since 1962 to be fired by the club during the season, was totally overmatched in the job. That being said one can't fault him for accepting the Rams head coaching job, but rather the full blame should lie squared at the feet of team president John Shaw and Football Operations Director, Jay Zygmund. Not only were these two twenty-five plus year NFL veterans were totally responsible for perpetrating this debacle, but had so little football expertise in this area, they had to literally depend upon on an outside head-hunter firm to make the horrendous choice.
On the field, the 2008 season has been a total nightmare! There is little speed left on the outside and the inside interior along the offensive line can't protect the quarterback who after year's of abuse, now appears to be somewhat gun shy. Donnie Avery, a speedster from the University of Houston has quickly developed into a go-to receiver in the Rams now less than formidable offense.
Defensively the Rams undersized defensive front have really struggled to stop the run in recent years and this season the club has done little to elevate this problem.
I wanted to give one of the very best scouting staffs in the league a much higher grade, but couldn't due to the fact that the input and expertise of the scouts has been seriously negated by management who do so much as allow them in the draft room!
Not too many year's ago this club had it all; an offense that could score from virtually anywhere on the football field, an opportunistic defense, with play makers at every level, top special teams and a mad scientist coach who terrorized opposing defenses within the league, but it was destroyed by the very same people who today have been given the job of rebuilding this beleaguered franchise. Sound a little to me like the US Congress in the role of repairing our current financial crisis.