What’s the Next Move for the Rams

The Rams got debacled (to use an Emmitt Smith phrase) for the second straight week against an NFC East opponent and don’t look much like a team with any hope. They didn’t look as bad in week 2 as week 1, but that’s not saying much. The Rams have talent on their team and aren’t nearly this bad, so what can the Rams do to right the ship?

Local columnists Brian Burwell and Bernie Miklasz have each come up with two different solutions, both of which I agree with. Miklasz argues here that Scott Linehan should resign because he is in over his head and save face for the “interim” owners who backed him. An excellent point and in an ideal world, Linehan would resign because it doesn’t look like the owners would fire him before the end of the season. Linehan should fall on his own sword and save the new ownership, Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, children of late owner, Georgia Frontiere, from making a tough decision in their first year as owners.

Bernie hints at further changes that should be made and Brian Burwell hits them head on here by advocating the firing of Jay Zygmunt, president of Football Operations. Burwell, in two disturbing paragraphs details the problems with Zygmunt in his position.

“Somehow, the man with the least amount of football expertise in this organization has risen to become the most influential man in the franchise. … A man who signs players not because of their talent, but because he gets along with their agents; hires coaches not because they are the most qualified, but because they’ll be his buddy. He’s the man who alters draft boards at the last minute at his uneducated whim despite the protests of coaches and personnel men who evaluate potential draftees based on such unconventional things as actual talent.”

If what Burwell says is even remotely true, (which I have no reason to believe it is not) there is no way that Zygmunt should keep his job for another five minutes. But, looking the Rams squad and drafts, there is some truth to the Rams problems in attracting free agents and drafting the best rookies. Zygmunt won the power struggle with Mike Martz a few years back and Zygmunt has done nothing but take the Rams into NFL obscurity, unless someone is talking about the worst teams in the league. Martz hasn’t been very successful without Zygmunt either, maybe they need to unite again. I would prefer somewhere else besides St. Louis.

Both columnists are right in my opinion and the Rams need a change starting from the top. The football decision-makers haven’t made the right decisions on players for years and Linehan hasn’t been able to inspire his players since he arrived in St. Louis. Someone or preferably several people need to be held responsible for the direction that the Rams are headed in so that some excitement can be created on the sidelines and the stands in St. Louis.

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