Posted on August 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM
Tuesday, Aug 5 at 5:57 PM
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (FootballSTL) -- Probably the biggest mistake the Rams made all last year was thinking they could bring back the Greatest Show on Turf. It was great to sign Jared Cook in the offseason and then draft Tavon Austin. But it gave the coaches a fall sense of security as to how good its personnel was.
Four games into the 2013 season they were given a very tough reminder.
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer – with Jeff Fisher’s blessing – tried to become a pass happy offense that slung the ball all over the field to the likes of Cook, Austin, Chris Givens and even running back Daryl Richardson. The result was a boat load of three-and-outs, turnovers and very few points.
The Rams lost 31-7 in Dallas on September 22nd and 35-11 to the 49ers four days later. The Rams were 1-3 and on the verge of a disastrous season.
That was when the Rams went to the style of play they should have been doing all along. It’s the same style of play that Jeff Fisher’s won with for more than a decade in the NFL.
Run the football, run the football, run the football. And play great defense.
RB Zac Stacy became the starter in Week 5 against the Jaguars and still nearly reached 1,000 yards for the season. And despite the fact he burst onto the scene and took control over the running back position a year ago the Rams still decided to select Tre Mason in the 3rd round of this past draft.
That means Schottenheimer, Fisher and company won’t be forgetting who they are anytime soon. They won’t be duped into trying to sling the football all over the field Warner-style again. They’ll keep the ball on the ground – in very unsexy offensive fashion – and try and control the clock by keeping the other team’s offense off the field.
That way the Rams can virtually guarantee themselves they will be in contention for a victory in the fourth quarter week in and week out. Sometimes it’ll lead to a win. Sometimes it won’t. But more often than not it should.
We can’t forget the fact the Rams are going to go as far as their defense takes them this season. Forget Sam Bradford and this so-called “make or break” season he’s about to embark on. The Rams will be as good as Robert Quinn, Chris Long, James Laurinaitis and DC Gregg Williams allows them to be.
The offense’s job is simply to stay out of the way, score enough points and don’t put the defense in tough situations by turning the ball over constantly. Oh, and by the way, pick up a first down every so often so the defensive unit doesn’t have to jump back up after sitting down three seconds prior.
Just stay the course, remember not to get too crazy and whatever you do – stay conservative with the football.