St. Louis Rams 2012 Schedule
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What looked like a promising season turned into a nightmare for the St. Louis Rams in 2011, as they seemed to regress in all phases of the game. Once promising first-round pick Jason Smith and second round pick Rodger Saffold headlined a horrible offensive line, that helped Sam Bradford transform from a possible budding star as a rookie, to an ineffective, and unsure player.
Picking Up The Pieces
A physical brand of defense is what we should expect, in time with Coach Jeff Fisher coming to down, and the addition of corner Cortland Finnegan is a good start in that direction. While it’s going to take some time for this team to turn things around, the quickest way to do so is to hammer the running game, led by Steven Jackson.
Looking at the Rams division and personnel, that will likely be a hard thing to do weekly, as the 49ers are one of the better run defenses in football, and the Seahawks and Cardinals are up-and-coming defenses in their own right.
Still, if the Rams can have an effective ground game, and keep the score close (at least their division doesn’t have elite quarterbacks to contend with) they will give Bradford odds for success and help the defense to not stay on the field longer.
With this in mind, it would be wise for St. Louis to find a running back of the future in the first three rounds next week, as it will be important to have a backup plan if and when Jackson falls to injury.