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special teams are a big problem

November 20, 2020 07:10AM
I have always felt that you don't need a team to be top 10 in all three areas- offense, defense and special teams- to be a true contender. But you also cannot be bottom 10 in anything.... The fact that they are one of the 2-3 worst ST units in the league is concerning. A missed XP vs. Seattle seems trivial but it's not. The KOR they allowed out to midfield- what if that had gone all the way?

And vs. Miami that special teams TD they allowed was as damaging as anything. How might that game have played out- as awful as the offense was in that 2nd quarter- if they'd gone into halftime down 21-10 vs. 28-10?

Overall, to me the Rams are a top 10 team (9th or 10th) which is about where I thought they would be before the season started. It's simply that they have not arrived here the way most of us thought (top 3 defense, middle of the road offense). But here they are. And as bad a taste as the Miami loss left in our mouths the more the season goes on the the more it's clear that Miami is actually a pretty good team (and very good defense). So maybe going coast-to-coast on a short week in high heat was not going to ever be the slam dunk we all that it would be before that game?

Tampa is a big opportunity for the Rams. Can they do what teams need to do on the road vs. good (top 5) teams? To me that means running the ball well, winning on 3rd downs (on both sides of the ball), winning the turnover battle and playing sound special teams that gives them favorable field position. It's a big opportunity for McVay to help the offense gain better footing and set themselves up for a good late stretch run.

  After 9 games, where are the Rams?

Speed_Kills493November 19, 2020 11:52AM

  Re: After 9 games, where are the Rams?

Barf33204November 19, 2020 12:01PM

  yes true but

Speed_Kills136November 19, 2020 12:05PM

  Re: After 9 games, where are the Rams?

dzrams141November 19, 2020 12:17PM

  can they do it if the pass game doesn’t get better?

Speed_Kills60November 20, 2020 06:32AM

  Re: After 9 games, where are the Rams?

dzrams62November 20, 2020 06:51AM

  I honestly don't know...

JamesJM119November 19, 2020 12:31PM

  Re: I honestly don't know...2020 in 2021

BumRap62November 20, 2020 08:18AM

  Could be...

JamesJM57November 20, 2020 08:28AM

  Rams need to stay in quick tempo as much as possible

Hazlet Hacksaw99November 19, 2020 01:11PM

  That quick tempo thing...

JamesJM113November 19, 2020 01:17PM

  Keeps hoff in rhythm

Hazlet Hacksaw84November 19, 2020 03:23PM

  Darn phone

Hazlet Hacksaw82November 19, 2020 04:41PM


21Dog83November 19, 2020 05:07PM

  Small buttons large fingers

Hazlet Hacksaw84November 19, 2020 06:03PM

  Re: sure..........

stlramz58November 19, 2020 06:39PM

  Re: After 9 games, where are the Rams?

Rams43115November 19, 2020 03:16PM

  The deep throws... does it seem to you...

JamesJM98November 19, 2020 05:14PM

  special teams are a big problem

LMU9371November 20, 2020 07:10AM

  good post LMU93 as usual. thx for feedback

Speed_Kills60November 20, 2020 07:46AM

  Offense = B-, Defense = A, Specia teams C+

JimYoungblood5358November 20, 2020 11:06AM

  those grades seem fair Jim nm

Speed_Kills224November 21, 2020 04:35AM

  Re: After 9 games, where are the Rams?

RamsFanSinceLA71November 20, 2020 02:55PM

  you know what the mood of the board tells me?

Speed_Kills96November 21, 2020 04:31AM

  Re: After 9 games, where are the Rams?

Coy Bacon88November 22, 2020 06:23AM

  Re: After 9 games, where are the Rams?

Rams4378November 22, 2020 06:32AM

  well i’m not Coy but

Speed_Kills74November 22, 2020 08:01AM

  Re: After 9 games, where are the Rams?

zn65November 22, 2020 08:18AM

  Re: After 9 games, where are the Rams?

Coy Bacon53November 22, 2020 10:19AM

  nice post Coy

Speed_Kills72November 22, 2020 07:58AM

  Re: nice post Coy

Coy Bacon55November 22, 2020 10:28AM

  Re: After 9 games, where are the Rams?

Steve83November 22, 2020 06:57AM