The St. Louis Rams entered the 2011 season as the favorites to win the NFC West division but have yet to find a win in 2011, having lost all six of their games in convincing fashion.
An 0-7 record is a real possibility.
There was so much hope for the Rams entering the 2011 season. They went 7-9 in 2010, missing the playoffs by one game and were thought to be on the right track. And after obtaining only six total wins in three seasons (2007-2009), the fanbase is understandably running thin on patience.
There's a surplus of negativity among Rams fans.
Fan mail and comments resemble the mindset of a pitchfork mob more than an NFL fanbase, and there's nothing wrong with that given the frustration generated by the franchise over the past five years. The Internet and the sports subculture as a whole are not forgiving environments, and they certainly don't require people to use the same rationale as they do in everyday life.
It's perfectly fine for fans to point out that the recently cut Mike Sims-Walker was paid over $3 million to play like a below-average receiver, or that Jason Brown is getting paid $4 million in 2011 to miss blocks despite being a high-profile free agent who signed a $37.5 million deal.
However, that cloud of negativity and the overall lack of censorship when it comes to critiquing the team brings out unfair comments.
There's much to complain about when it comes to St. Louis Rams football this year, but it does not mean all 53 members of the roster are failing. If for no other reason than to generate a sliver of positivity, these players should at least be mentioned and recognized.
Here are five players being overlooked in St. Louis and over-criticized by a small portion of fans. They are far from the problem and are most likely part of the solution to moving forward.