The NFL season kicks off officially Thursday night, with the Steelers taking on the Titans. The full week schedule, of course, begins on Sunday. Some teams really start off the season under the gun. Quite frankly, some teams just are not very good. In fact, if one team deserved to be demoted from the NFL, it would be the St. Louis Rams.
Quite honestly, the Rams are not very good right now. My how they have really fallen from being “The Greatest Show on Turf.” I thoroughly enjoyed watching those teams. What a show they could put on, with the likes of quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Marshall Faulk, and wide receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. Now Warner coming off a Super Bowl appearance with Arizona, Faulk is working for the NFL Network, Holt is with Jacksonville, and Bruce is with the 49ers.
Now the Rams have a new coach in former New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Last year they played under Scott Linehan, who was fired, and interim coach Jim Haslett. The 2008 Rams finished 2-14, which was proceeded by a 3-13 record in 2007. There is no guarantee that this year’s team is going to reach either one of those records.
Do not let the 2009 preseason record of 3-1 fool you. The Detroit Lions went 3-1 this preseason, if that tells you anything. The Rams are still bad. Just take a look at their roster.
When healthy, quarterback Marc Bulger and running back Steven Jackson are good players. Bulger is a two-time Pro Bowler who has struggled some the past two years but still is a serviceable quarterback. Jackson is a former Pro Bowler who has rushed for over 1,000 yards the past four seasons. After that, it is slim pickings for an offense that scored a minuscule 232 points last year. Longtime Rams receiver Torry Holt left for Jacksonville, leaving the likes of Donnie Avery and Laurent Robinson at wide receiver. Some of you may have heard of both of these guys, but most probably have not. Just take a look at their depth chart! Yikes!
On defense, it is much of the same story. Recent draft picks Chris Long and James Laurinaitis may eventually pay off down the road, but right now, it is a weak defense.
The Rams, like several NFL teams, may be experiencing blackout problems this year. The Rams had two blackouts last year and have not officially released any numbers regarding potential blackouts this year. But it is logical to think that if the Rams struggle right out of the gate, the possibility of multiple blackouts looms large. Playing in the NFC West definitely helps the team, as it is one of the weaker divisions in football, and the schedule could be tougher. But, the Rams are definitely in no position to overlook anyone.
I really hope the Rams turn it around. I miss watching The Greatest Show on Turf. It fits my football mindset. What does not fit my football mindset is how the team is now. It is bad, folks. It is so bad that if I had to choose one team for demotion, it would be the St. Louis Rams! Prove me wrong, Rams!