Last year, the St. Louis Rams recorded 53 sacks. This year, after four games, they have ONE! Uno potahto, baby!
DE Robert Quinn had 19 sacks last year. This year, ZERO! It must be that multi-million dollar contract upgrade he received in the offseason that took the edge off his play.
What the heck is happening with these guys? I checked their roster and no DEs or DTs are on the PUP or IR lists, so it’s the same bunch of guys who terrorized QBs last year. They even spent another first round pick this year on a D-line guy, DT Aaron Donald, and he has the one and only sack of the year. Wow. Kind of an unprecedented face plant.
Jeff Fisher is in his third year as HC, and despite the haul of draft picks from the Robert Griffin trade, the Rams are still wandering around in the awful as hell zone. Hopefully, their wandering will continue for at least one more week. If it continues to the end of the season, we may see Fisher take the long walk down the road.
Next week, guys on the PUP/NFI lists will be able to rejoin their teams. There’s a five week window to allow these guys to begin practicing with the team, and another three week window for the practicing player to be activated on the 53 man roster. Failure to meet either of these two deadlines means the player can’t play this year. The 49er candidates include Marcus Lattimore, Navorro Bowman, Garrett Celek, and four rookies.
Time to eyeball the roster for upcoming pink slips, when Lattimore, Bowman, and later on Aldon Smith and Glenn Dorsey get activated. Recently demoted Corey Lemonier? Nick Moody? Josh Johnson again? Rookie center Marcus Martin wil soon be ready to play, but he’s already on the roster. Dillon Farrell will likely go to the P-squad when Martin is ready. Some tough choices coming along.
The Rams will get one small break for this game. It won’t occur at the same time as the St. Louis Cardinals are playing the SF Giants. The baseball team will have left town and headed out to the Bay Area by game time. So there might be two or three St. Louis folks who will bother showing up to see the Rams get run over on Monday Night. It’s a guarantee that this baseball town will be talking baseball, not NFL football. Many probably think, by now, that the Rams aren’t even a real NFL team, but more of a non-baseball season comic interlude. Assuming they like black humor.