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Again folks, the Rams play in the god awful NFC West, a division where 7-9 allowed them second place, and a shot at a divisional crown.
In the "Black and Blue" conference....err...the AFC North, 7-9 would put you third and completely out of contention for even a wildcard spot, as B-More and Pittsburgh are there seemingly every year sitting 1 and 2 respectively.
Looking at what happened in St. Louis this last season, it's easy to see why everyone thinks what happened with them was impressive. I mean, they were contending for a divisional crown and a playoff spot for the first time in since 2004, when they went 8-8.
But, when one looks deeper, the picture becomes clearer.....
Last season, offensively speaking, the Rams were 26th in points, averaging 18.1 points per game, barely 1 point better than Cleveland, who averaged 16.9.
They ranked 26th in yards per game, averaging 302.6 per game, while Cleveland was only 12 yards behind them, ranking 29th, averaging 289.7.
Additionally, Shurmur's offense ranked 21st in passing yards per game and 25th in rushing yards per game, which ranks them BEHIND Cleveland, who ranked 20th.
That last stat, in and of itself is concerning as well, because let's be honest folks, Peyton Hillis is a nice running back, however, he's nowhere near the running back that Steven Jackson is, and if Shurmur was struggling with S-Jax as his RB, I fear it could be even worse with Hillis carrying the load.
Oh, and don't forget, St. Louis plays indoors, Cleveland doesn't.....
Anyway, looking at all those stats, how is what Shurmur did anything to "write home about"? I don't see it.
People have also been talking about what he did with Sam Bradford, but the simple fact here folks, is that Bradford finished with 3512 yards, 19TD's and 15INT's. If you take Colt McCoy's averages and run them out, Colt would have been at roughly 3350 yards, 13TD's and 17INT's.
My point is that he did nothing special for Bradford. Had Colt played all 16, as Bradford did, they would have been basically identical, and that's inside Brian Daboll's absolutely horrid offensive game planning.
Also, giving Shurmur some kind of credit for the guy that was hailed as having the very best workout in 20 years, is kind of silly. That's like saying Wayne Gretzky was good because of Barry Melrose, which obviously isn't true.