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Letters to Jourdan: Jonathan H

November 15, 2022 04:27AM
This is a posted response to Jourdan's article after the last lost to the Cardinals.
I think the man makes some solid points, and adds color to the deplorable situation
Here's Jonathan H.

To me what we are seeing is not the deteriorating of a great team into a terrible team. We are seeing the teetering of a team that has leveraged its roster for high risk / high reward. Here’s how it seems to me:

1. Rams had no real backup plan for Von Miller leaving, which left them scrambling. They seemed genuinely shocked they didn’t sign him. And I get he gave them assurances, but they seemed caught out there.

2. The time pressure, plus the need to make a splash, probably caused them to rush the ARob decision. But at the time, the assumption is he will bring what OBJ did in the red zone, which was the glaring weakness.

3. ARob makes Woods an albatross from a salary cap perspective, so they practically give him away to get him off the books. Didn’t factor enough how much he was the soul of the offense. Just look at how players reacted to/with him after the Super Bowl. Read Kupp’s comments. Talent wise, ARob was probably the better long term play, but the drop off in leadership intangibles was not factored highly enough into the equation.

4. Team presumes it can enter the year with a glaring need (EDGE) and address it via trade mid season. Another miscalculation.

5. Wagner is signed (and he has been great on many levels), but it locks the Rams into a style change where they cover underneath and tackle style of defense that, while effective in reducing explosives, doesn’t generate many explosives of its own. See the lack of turnovers, long drives. This doesn’t complement well with the offense IMO with a tempo style offense and a QB who becomes elite as he gets into a rhythm.

6. As for the Draft, Rams are probably behind in scouting with SB run, so they lean into their mode of batching selections for positions (in this case DBs). This usually presents a hit or two in later rounds, but doesn’t address needs in a balanced manner. Meaning the guys they’ve been prepping to step up eventually, I.e. Evans, Long, Burgess, Harris, Hopkins, etc have no one behind them if they don’t materialize into their mid-level draft status.

7. McVay and Donald flirt with retirement and it’s hanging over the team. This is an added layer of pressure.

8. By being the champs they get everyone’s best punch, and they didn’t seem ready to meet that.

9. Injuries totally destabilize the offense, and now eventually the team.

McVay is a great coach, and a great communicator, and he seems to genuinely try to do right by his players and coaches. But this coaching staff and roster watched a lot of leadership walk out the door.

And they were never in position to add depth this year. This was the year they hoped their depth showed itself reliable. This is more than bad playcalls. It’s a delicate ecosystem thrown out of balance and one head coach or play caller can’t magically make that disappear with a few tweaks or speeches or benchings.


  Letters to Jourdan: Jonathan H

leafnose507November 15, 2022 04:27AM

  Yeah, nice letter...

sstrams197November 15, 2022 04:40AM

  Re: Yeah, nice letter...

The_Zone161November 15, 2022 06:35AM

  That would be nice, Zone...

sstrams101November 15, 2022 06:41AM

  Every single pick?

Ramsdude82November 15, 2022 08:33AM

  He was better than Spags and Linehan..

sstrams105November 15, 2022 08:45AM

  OK but one glaring omission

Atlantic Ram192November 15, 2022 06:12AM

  can't block, can't run, can't get to the passer

LMU93127November 15, 2022 06:35AM

  great points nm

21Dog83November 15, 2022 08:07AM


Arkansas Ram94November 15, 2022 08:12AM

  Re: OK but one glaring omission

ramBRO127November 15, 2022 06:38AM


JimYoungblood5374November 15, 2022 11:51AM

  Re: OK but one glaring omission

Crazylegs80November 15, 2022 12:05PM

  One omission…

LaloRam109November 15, 2022 07:17AM

  Defensive Money allocation and Defensive Philosophy

darams222222November 15, 2022 08:59AM

  Good post, and I'll add to that

BigGame81131November 15, 2022 09:09AM

  You're not wrong 222

Ramsdude128November 15, 2022 09:14AM

  Not right

JimYoungblood5376November 15, 2022 12:24PM


Ramsdude192November 15, 2022 12:48PM

  It does mean I am right

JimYoungblood5360November 15, 2022 01:26PM

  According to you...you are always right when it comes to Morris

Ramsdude75November 15, 2022 01:40PM

  Re: BS

ramBRO159November 15, 2022 01:32PM

  I think you nailed it

JimYoungblood5382November 15, 2022 01:45PM

  Re: BS

Ramsdude160November 15, 2022 01:47PM

  all of this magnified x1000 by insane amount of injuries

Rampage2K-92November 15, 2022 09:13AM