I don’t know what I expected from the Rams in the wake of their second embarrassing loss in as many weeks, but the Rams are hitting the press. Let’s go to the quotes.
First from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Turf Show Times, Tye Hill, underachieving Rams cornerback, “The secondary’s fine,” Hill said. “We’re better than what we’re playing.” I would argue that the secondary is not quite “fine” and I would hope for their sake that they can play better. I just don’t know what is wrong. They aren’t covering, they aren’t in position and they aren’t picking the ball off. When you allow Hank Baskett and Amani Toomer to tear up the secondary, everything isn’t “fine”.
Next, staying in the secondary, from cornerback Ron Bartell, But far from good enough, Bartell conceded. “Same result,” he said. “Somehow, some way, we’ve got to fix whatever is going wrong and get it turned around.” This smacks of old Mike Martz-isms “Shoot, we’ll fix that”. Bartell has played the best amongst the defensive backs, but with the problems the Rams are having no one should escape the scrutiny.
Now we move up the organization to the leader, Scott Linehan who will hopefully tell us that they have already made changes for next week and everything is fine, “…we’re going to be talking here and having disappointing conversations and press conferences with you guys where you’re asking what the hell’s wrong with us. That’s not going to change until we do that and it’s my job to find out what it is.” Oh…ok. So, Linehan is the boss and he hasn’t figured out what the problem is yet, thanks for reassuring me. Secondly, I don’t know if I’m happy that it is Scott’s job to find the solution, as he hasn’t found a solution in the last three years. The benefit of the doubt era is over and I would like to see some answers presented in the form of: 1) wins 2) playing good football.
One person who agrees with me is owner Chip Rosenbloom, who spoke to the Post-Dispatch in the article found here, “It is the job of the head coach, Scott Linehan, to figure out how to motivate and give some urgency to this team.” Yes, sir. It is his job.
“Obviously, the game of football is about winning. The level of play is not acceptable to me or anybody in the organization.” I like where you are going here, no one think that this is how a professional football team should be run or play. “I believe in these players and I believe in this coach.” Ok, now I’m officially lost. When in the last three years have the Rams inspired anyone to think that this coaching staff or front office has the answers. The players haven’t inspired anything on the field and don’t appear to particularly care if they win or lose (some exceptions obviously). The vote of confidence makes for a great quote, but I no one takes it seriously. And lastly, the money quote, “Things will get better,” Rosenbloom said. “And if they don’t, changes will be made.”
That is the threat of the change we are all looking for. At this point, things don’t look like they are going to get better. Hopefully, Rosenbloom will follow through with his tough talk and give the organization the change it deserves.