St. Louis Rams: All I Want for Christmas Is...
They are already looking ahead to next season.
So with Christmas fast approaching, Rams' fans are making their list and checking it twice.
Do we keep the coach? How about the GM? What do we need to do with that first draft pick, probably the No. 2 overall pick? Do we need a wide receiver, or an offensive lineman?
Decisions, decisions, decisions.
So today, I'm making my own Christmas wish list for the Rams. I hope you enjoy it!
1. A New GM
Can we please get rid of the guy who picked Jason Smith No. 2 overall? Pretty please?
You know he also picked Mardy Gilyard, and then cut him a year later, right?
The Rams' personnel decisions have been remarkably awful in the last three years under current GM Billy Devaney.He has to go. Call Bill Parcels and offer him whatever he wants. We need a "football man" calling the shots in St. Louis.
2. Time for Sam Bradford to Throw the Ball
How good is Sam Bradford?
How good is he going to be?
We don't know, and we'll never know until he gets time to throw the football. The abuse Bradford has taken his first two years in the league has been borderline criminal. I want somebody with knowledge of the law to research this.
What the Rams' O Line has done to Bradford has to be some kind of criminal negligence or something.
Get Bradford time to throw, and get his confidence back so we can see what kind of QB he is capable of becoming.
3. Weapons for Bradford
Let's just go ahead and make this official right now— we are going to resign Brandon Lloyd.
Now that we have that out of the way, we need to the real Lance Kendricks to stand up. What happened to our second round draft pick, our game changing tight end? Wasn't this offense supposed to feature the tight end?
Finally, we need to either (a) have our rookies Greg Salas and Austin Pettis step up, or (b) draft some more wide receiver help. I'm all in favor of Justin Blackmon out of Oklahoma State with the No. 2 overall pick. Let's just make that happen.
And if it's not too much to ask, Santa, can you please put Danny Amendola's elbow back together again in time for 2012?
4. Healthy DB's
Chris Long is one of the best sack artists in the NFL. Robert Quinn is oozing with potential as his bookend on the right side.
Imagine what those two guys could do if the Rams had an NFL-caliber secondary.
The Rams placed a total of seven defensive backs on the IR this season. I think this is a Top 10 defense next season with (a) healthy corners, (b) one more starting-caliber linebacker, and (c) one more starting-caliber defensive tackle.
If we get our first Christmas wish, and Santa brings us a new GM, we might actually draft players in these positions that make the roster.
5. A Stable Coach
It doesn't do anybody any good to keep a coach on the hot seat. If Spags is your man, then let us know, Rams' owner Stan Kroenke.
If he's not, then let him go.
Because, a lame duck coach is just detrimental to player development in the long run.
If Spags isn't going to be here, then Sam Bradford needs to get on with his career, under whatever "coordinator to be named later" the Rams bring in.
Don't leave Spags twisting in the wind. If there is a better coach out there, then make a change now.