As the 2011 season inches closer and closer, the NFL is still faced with the predicament of finding a solution to the lockout.
While every team in the NFL is being negatively impacted by the situation, some are finding themselves worse off than others.
The older teams—the ones led by the seasoned veterans who have been together for years and know one another's timing like the back of their hand—will pick up right where they left off. The leaders have been defined, the playbooks haven't changed, and despite a slight decline in performance here and there, it all remains the same.
I'd love to say that about the St. Louis Rams.
I'd love to say James Laurinaitis and Steven Jackson are the unquestioned leaders, that the Rams are ready to pick up right where they left off and take command of the NFC West. Most of all, I'd love to say the Rams are better off with this lockout, seeing it as an opportunity to get added rest before taking on the brutalities of training camp.
This St Louis team is not like them.
A young team still trying to establish itself as a respectable team in the NFL, there could not have been a worse time for a lockout for St Louis.