ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- Pretty much the only good thing you can say about this Rams team at the moment is at least they've made so much progress that we can actually call games disappointing. In the past, eh, nothing was disappointing really.
When you expect a team to lose on a weekly basis how can you truly be disappointed?
How would you rate Sam Bradford's pro career to this point? Share your thoughts.
They were supposed to lose. They did lose. That's...um...par for the course.
But when a team is supposed to win, like against the Jets, and it lays an egg like the Rams did at the Edward Jones Dome? That's...um...a disaster.
Jeff Fisher said it best. They got outplayed, outcoached and out-everything'd in that 27-13 whatever-you-want-to-call-it. Sam Bradford had a 67.4 quarterback rating, the offense averaged barely over four yards a play, they committed three turnovers, had a horrendously crucial holding penalty on Chris Givens' kickoff return touchdown at the end of the first half and the defense allowed the Jets to convert nearly half of their third down attempts (7-15).
I leave anything out?
Oh, ya, almost forgot. Mark Sanchez? The guy New Yorkers are trying to run out of town for his atrocious play thus far in 2012? He completed all but five of his passes and had a 118.3 rating.
This game was a disaster, no doubt.
I firmly believe the definition of a mediocre team (and that's not an insult to the Rams considering where they've come from) is one that wins the games they should at home but struggles to win on the road.
The Rams have proven this year that they are not ready to win away from home. There's no shame in that. It's early in the Jeff Fisher era. But they HAVE proven an ability to beat the teams they should in St. Louis. The Redskins? The Seahawks? Win. Win.
The Jets should have been a win. This is a situation where the Rams have got to be better. A struggling team coming into town with a 3-6 record and just getting hammered in the media is prime for a loss. There's really no excuse.
Losing is one thing. But to lose in the fashion they did is what makes this so terrible. Getting outplayed in every facet of the game was mind boggingly shocking. No one really saw that coming.
They couldn't pass the ball. The couldn't stop the Jets on the ground when they needed to. They turned the ball over. They shot themselves in the foot at the worst possible times with penalties.
Know what it looked like? It looked like the bad football team they used to be and are desperately trying to not ever be again.
Jeff Fisher's done a nice job of having these guys bounce back from rough losses so far so I'm quite sure these guys will play better next week against Arizona. For now, though, it's disappointing.
No, wait. It's worse than that.