New head coach, new free agent acquisitions, new rookies, same old losing ways for the St. Louis Rams.
Much talk was made in the preseason about how new head coach Steve Spagnuolo had come in and changed the “business as usual” approach that former coach Scott Linehan had established during his losing tenure.
Spagnuolo was going to hold players accountable for their actions, or lack thereof. He was going to improve morale. He was going to bring about discipline.
Unfortunately for Rams fans, Spagnuolo can’t suit up and play between the lines.
St. Louis looked hopeless and hapless in Sunday’s 28-0 shellacking by the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams were never in this game and didn’t do anything to give fans hope that the 2009 season will be anything but frustrating.
The Rams might very well be 0-7 when they finally get their first win under Spagnuolo in a game at the Detroit Lions on Nov. 1.
That game might be billed as the “NFL Draft Pick Bowl.”
The loss to Seattle was just the first game of the season. And, while no team has won or lost the Super Bowl in its first game, there are plenty of reasons for concern for the Rams:
Will someone please call America’s Most Wanted to try to find the real Marc Bulger?
Bulger only completed 47.5 percent of his 36 passes, had no touchdowns, and only averaged 5.3 yards per completion.
Those are hardly the numbers of a guy that helped give the franchise a belief that he was worth keeping and Kurt Warner was expendable.
Bulger has been on a downward spiral for the past three seasons and it’s time for him to snap out of his funk. The Rams should give Bulger three more games to improve, or it’s time to turn the quarterback reins over to Brock Berlin, Bernie Kosar, or some other University of Miami retread.
Will someone please get Orlando Pace on speed dial?
Pace is old, slow, fat, and past his prime; but he would be a welcome addition to the current sad state of affairs that the Rams are calling an offensive line. Bulger was sacked three times in the Seattle game and had to run for his life on a few other occasions.
Steven Jackson had to open his own holes, which is one of the reasons he only had 67 yards on the day.
Unless this young St. Louis offensive line can come together quickly, the biggest thing that fans will have to look forward to is April’s NFL Draft.
Will someone please teach the Rams how to tackle?
Last year, it looked like the Rams’ defense was being impersonated by a bunch of Mighty Mite elementary schoolers. In almost every game last season, the Rams were flailing and reaching for opposing runners who sliced up and down the field.
In Sunday’s opener against the Seahawks, the Rams made Julius Jones look like Adrian Peterson.
On Jones’ 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, the Rams defenders looked like they were running in three feet of snow instead of on a football field.
Unless Chris Long, Darrell Scott, and James Laurinaitis grow up quickly, opposing offenses are going to need bibs because they’ll be salivating so much in anticipation of facing the Rams.
At least the fans in St. Louis can take solace in one thing about the Rams’ opener against Seattle: The Cardinals will be participating in the Major League Baseball playoffs in a couple of weeks.