What Has Happened To The St. Louis Rams?

William BlakeCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2008

The St. Louis Rams, once a dominant NFC contender, have now become the NFC pretenders. And its happened over the span of just three seasons. 

In 2002, the Rams lost in the Super Bowl to the New England Patroits, and were never the same since. Since the Super Bowl appearance, the Rams have had one winning season, two playoff appearances, and a single playoff victory.

The worst season in recent franchise history occured just last season, with an abysmal 3-13 record. The year before, Mike Martz was fired as head coach, for leading the team to several underacheiving seasons. However, Martz may have been a better bet than what they have now in Scott Linehan.

In Linehan's first season as Rams head man, it took him three late season victories to stay at .500. He had players like Marc Bulger, Steven Jackson, Isaac Bruce, and Torry Holt on offense, and a defense lead by Will Witherspoon and Leonard Little, and found some way to keep them from the postseason.

But things only went downhill from there.

Linehan made his team go 3-13 the following season, and he didn't lose any major pieces at all. Orlando Pace, their main offensive lineman, was out for the season, but THAT doesn't cause a team to lose five games. St. Louis was 24th in total offense, and scored just 27 touchdowns the whole season. 

And now, to the present. St. Louis is 0-3, and is giving up the most points in the league, and is giving up the most yards. They are 31st in total points and in total yards on offense. However way you put it, this team just plain isn't any good.

But there is talent. Torry Holt is still a top 10 receiver. Steven Jackson is still a top 10 rusher. Marc Bulger could be a top 10 quarterback. Orlando Pace is a top 10 offensive lineman. This defense could definitely use some work, but that's why you make trades.

That's why you should have pursued Albert Haynesworth when he was angry at the Tennessee Titans, or have gone out and gotten Jared Allen, who the Kansas City Chiefs were trading away. 

Linehan hasn't done anything but doomed St. Louis, so its time for a new head coach after this season.Usually I would tell you to give somebody time. But this isn't a normal case. I'm not bashing Scott Linehan, but I think that he needs to be replaced.

This is his first time being a head coach, ever. He never was a high school or college head coach. He has always just been an offensive coordinator. He worked with Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss in Minnesota, and Ronnie Brown in Miami. But he's just not the man to be a head coach.