From bad to worse go the Rams

From bad to worse go the Rams

Credit: AP

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, front, fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Arizona Cardinals linebacker Sam Acho for an eight-yard loss during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in St. Louis. The fumble was recovered by Arizona. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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by Jeff Abeln, News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 28 at 4:45 PM

Poll:
Have the Rams let down their fans during the regular season??

(FootballStL) -- Sunday, the Edwards Jones Dome was as loud as it’s been all season, but fans weren’t cheering, they were booing; and deservedly so.

Although exciting and close down the stretch, the three point loss to the Cardinals is still a defeat, Steve Spagnuolo’s 33rd as the Rams head coach.  Since 2009, Spags’ Rams are 3-12 in the NFC West.

The players are growing tired of hearing the same old questions, “How disappointing is this loss, how frustrated are you, and why is the offense still struggling?” But to their credit they are handling it very professionally. I haven’t seen a player dodge the media after a loss; that’s good to see. 
Yesterday, Donnie Jones who mistakenly kicked the ball to Patrick Peterson who ran the punt back for a touchdown, stood by his locker and took full responsibly for his poor punt.  HOWEVER, until they win another game, which most likely will happen just once more this season, the negative talk will continue.

Sam Bradford appears mentally shot.  He’s not used to losing EVER in his career and now he’s on a team that all they do is lose. Can you imagine how frustrated he must be right now, having all the success at Oklahoma including winning the Heisman Trophy and now he’s playing for a team who’s going nowhere and regressing each game? But as I feel for Bradford, he hasn’t been Joe Montana this season.  During Sunday’s loss, he missed receivers and held onto the ball too long sometimes and that’s what he’s been doing all season. Number 8 needs to make better decisions and must stop over and under throwing his targets.  He was given $50 million guaranteed and right now he’s not living up to expectations.  I think Bradford needs more say in the game plan. He’s the quarterback and sometimes he needs to be able to call his own shots; Come on, the offense can’t get worse.

Should Spagnuolo be fired at the end of the season? Yes and no.  Yes, because he’s lost 33 games and won ten since his takeover.  He’s making decisions that make me, a guy who’s never taken a snap in his life say, “Why in the world did he just do that?” On the other hand, how can you expect a guy to win when most of his core players continue to head to IR or are out for weeks at a time? If this team was intact they would not be (2-9).  However, you combine Spags’ number of questionable calls along with the injuries and this team is not winning, and in professional sports you must win to survive as head coach.

Jeff Abeln, News 4 Sports
 

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