Savard: Rams face tougher challenge against the Titans
Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, right, blocks St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Rams kicker Josh Brown celebrates kicking a 60-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
St. Louis (KMOV.com) -- The Rams were impressive Saturday night, no question. I can tell from that game and attending practice that this team is an improvement on the 2010 edition. That said; let me temper my enthusiasm with a dose of reality. First, it's pre-season. Second, the Colts are notoriously ambivalent about pre-season games. (Game recap)
That said, what's obvious to me is the improvement in depth. This Rams team is the deepest since the 2004 Rams, the last Rams team to make the playoffs. Kevin Demoff, Billy Devaney and Steve Spagnuolo deserve credit for taking advantage of a unique set of circumstances in free agency. Veteran players who would be waiting patiently on three or four year deals were ready to jump on one year, low risk contracts rather than let roster spaces fill up. The Rams parlayed that into instant depth which has been lacking for years.
This week's game will be a bit more challenging for the Rams defense which did not face an NFL starting caliber quarterback last week. The Titans will likely play Matt Hasselbeck for a quarter or two this week. I'm looking forward to seeing if the Rams defense can be as stingy against a proven, veteran QB like Hasselbeck.