QUESTION: There are many areas of concern for the 0-6 Rams right now. Given the positive vibe that surrounded this team entering the season, what area would you say has been the biggest disappointment?
So much to choose from here. But it would still have to be the defense, particularly the run defense. Even with all the injuries at cornerback and the tough early-season schedule, we all expected much, much better from this unit.
This regime promised to build the Rams upon a foundation of strong line play and sturdy defense. We have seen neither. All attempts to make the Rams more stout at the point of attack have failed. Their defensive front seven got steamrolled in Dallas. The names have changed over the three years, but the failure to toughen up continues. We all knew the first seven games would be difficult for this team, but few expected the Rams to get shoved around to this degree.
I would have to say the overall lack of competitiveness. Given the Rams’ rugged schedule, a slow start seemed likely. But at least last year, the team showed an ability to stay competitive in most games. This team simply has not taken the steps most expected it to make after last year’s 7-9 finish.
Run defense. Spags emphasizes it as if it is his prime directive, but the unit is giving up 183 yards a game, most in the league. If you can’t stop the run, you start the line of dominoes falling. With opponents eating up so much clock, the offense can’t get on the field.