ST. LOUIS, Mo. (FootballStL) -- When the score of Sunday’s game between the Rams and Seahawks was 6-0 in favor of the Rams I can assure you the defending Super Bowl champions weren’t panicking. They knew they were still in it.
But when the score was tied 6-6 in the 4th quarter – by definition anyone’s game – it really felt like the outcome was already decided. The momentum was in Seattle’s favor and because the game was in the Pacific Northwest, that’s all everyone needed to know.
The second adversity struck the Rams and they lost their early mojo that was about all she wrote unfortunately. The meltdown culminated with two Seahawks touchdowns, both aided by Rams turnovers on offense, and left them with a 6-10 record. That’s the worst it’s been under Jeff Fisher in his three year tenure thus far.
I keep going back to the fact the Rams are one of the youngest teams in the NFL. They really don’t have the experience of most of the other rivals they face and that inexperience shows in situations like this. But how long have we been waiting for that youth to mature?
Isn’t it time to see some tangible results on the field?
The fact the Rams were able to beat the Seahawks the first time around – in St. Louis – and completely outplay them for a half at their place in Week 17 tells me they’re close. They have to be close. They just need to find a way to make a play here and a play there and things look different.
The problem is as easy as that sounds it really is extraordinarily difficult to do. There’s a culture of losing in St. Louis that’s being changed. They went from terrible to okay automatically under Fisher but going from okay to really good has proven to be a challenge.
A new quarterback needs to be found – at least one to build around for the future – even if Sam Bradford is given another chance in 2015. The offensive line needs to be overhauled from the center spot into the guards. Another cornerback wouldn’t hurt and I wouldn’t be upset if they added another linebacker either.
Free agents have proven to be tough to get as Cortland Finnegan and Jake Long didn’t work out. So where will the improvement come from? The draft? Wouldn’t that just make a young team even younger? Aren’t they trying to get more experienced here?
The cliché “so close yet so far away” has never been more apt for the Rams. You can sense how close they are based on competing on the road against arguably the NFL’s best team. But when push came to shove, it was all Seattle and it wasn’t even close.
That’s the hard part to change.