St. Louis Rams Prove to be Worst in NFL vs. Washington Redskins
After James Laurinaitis' intercepted Redskin signal caller Rex Grossman in Week 4 with five minutes remaining, it seemed as though the Rams would tie the game. Instead, errors resulted in the Rams having to punt, leading to what we now know as another all-familiar loss for the Rams.
Be that as it may, simple errors are not the only problem for the Rams. The team, touted in the offseason as a rising bunch, is facing several dilemmas on the field that are resulting in the team being the worst in the NFL.
Today, I am going to list four reasons where the Rams need to improve in order to have a better successful season. With a bye week in Week 5, the Rams have time to solve these issues.
Steven Jackson and the Offensive Line
On Sunday, the Rams were inefficient in running the ball against the Washington Redskins.
Although running back Steven Jackson was coming back from an injury, it is unacceptable for a team who relies on the running game to have only one rushing first down. At the same time, the Rams only attempted 17 rushing plays that resulted in 45 yards.
The offensive line needs to do a better job of creating gaps for the Rams running backs while also helping QB Sam Bradford find his receivers.
If the Rams cannot return to the running game, which is by far their strength, then the team will face many problems to come.
St. Louis Rams Wide Receivers
The Rams receivers have not helped QB Sam Bradford at all.
On Sunday, the Rams went 20-of-43 through the air, with receivers having no impact in the game. Although the Redskins have a fairly good defense, the Rams receivers did not help the offense spread the field and allow the Rams to return to the running game.
In 2010 the Rams selected Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick to create a passing game that was missed in the city of St. Louis since "The Greatest Show on Turf" moved on. Now that they have their franchise quarterback, the Rams need to search for a wide receiver who Bradford can rely on and spread the field.
Besides Justin King's interception against the Redskins, the Rams secondary has not been able to stop the opposing receivers. Over the last four weeks, the opposing quarterbacks have been able to find spaces between the secondary and find open receivers for huge gains.
On Sunday it was no different when Rex Grossman went into St. Louis. Although he did not have a great passing game, Grossman did have enough plays in the air to give the Redskins an early 17-0 lead.
If the Rams can have a shot to get the ball to QB Sam Bradford, the secondary needs to create turnovers and cause problems for receivers.
Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo and Coaching Staff
The coaching staff for the St. Louis Rams has fallen short of the expectations the team had entering the 2011 season.
In the first four weeks, the Rams have fallen behind in each of their games. More importantly, it seems that the Rams are not ready to play in the first half and find themselves in a big deficit that ultimately they cannot recover from.
As mentioned before, the Rams thrive on the running the ball. Yet, on Sunday against the Redskins, the Rams only ran the ball 17 times compared to the 43 passing attempts.
If the Rams are to get better in any side of the ball, it has to come from the coaching staff by making better calls that will allow the Rams to compete. If that can't happen, expect Steve Spagnuolo to be on the hot seat.