Amidst the new and improved St. Louis Rams team this season, there lies a two-pronged struggle between the offense and defense.
The defense, which has been stellar so far, has been keeping the team in games by forcing turnovers and putting pressure on the opposing offense. After five weeks of play in 2012 the Rams' aggressive defense is ranked third in the league with 15 sacks, second with eight interceptions, and eighth by allowing only 19.2 points per game. They are a huge factor in the 3-2 record they have earned up to this point.
Offensively, however, the team has struggled. They are currently ranked 29th in the league with 183.4 yards per game and 25th with only 18.8 points per game. The stats, as well as the roster holes, are not helping the situation.
Problems on the line with injuries and new players coming in have hurt as Sam Bradford himself has been sacked 15 times. Top receiver Danny Amendola, who has 32 receptions on the year, is now out for six to seven weeks with a collarbone injury suffered against the Arizona Cardinals. The next most successful receiver is Brandon Gibson with only 13 catches for 184 yards. Running back Steven Jackson is well past his prime and has definitely lost more than a step, which doesn't exactly bring the opposing defenses into the box.
So what can the Rams do to solve their problems offensively? The defense can only help so much, and being on the field so long tires and wears them down every single game. With a group of very young receivers on the roster, St. Louis could possibly look to free agency to fill a void.
Terrell Owens could be the deep threat they need. The 38-year-old wideout, who ranks second in league history with almost 16,000 receiving yards, still has the tools to play in the NFL. He was with the Seattle Seahawks during the preseason until they let him go, but T.O. showed no signs of old age. Not only did he run the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds in his workout with the team, but in the preseason he showed signs of beating younger defenders on long routes. One big drop in the end zone hurt his chances to make the team, but naturally it takes time to shake the rust off after being out of the game for over a year.
Owens proved that he is physically able and ready to play in the NFL despite his age or past actions. A true deep-threat receiver, he is the prototypical long-ball playmaker the Rams offense could use. Even if for one season, not only would T.O. be able to help a highly struggling St. Louis offense, but he would be a valuable asset to the young receiving core as well. What better way for the inexperienced receivers to learn the ins and outs of the professional level than to have one of the all-time greats come in and help guide them?
T.O. to the Rams might be a stretch, but for the team to have a true chance to get the win over stronger teams and to have a fighting chance deep in the season, they will need offensive weapons to help put more points on the board.
But just to clarify, the receivers the Rams currently have will have to be developed and they absolutely show potential to be go-to players. Having Owens though, a clear future Hall of Famer, on the team with them would undoubtedly be beneficial to their skills, offensive reads, and overall knowledge of how to be better receivers. Tips and mentoring from the man second on the list in all-time receiving yards would do nothing but help mold the up-and-comers into better players.