ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 3: Zac Stacy #30 of the St. Louis Rams runs against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 3, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images) By Michael Thomas
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 3: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 3, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images) By Michael Thomas
A St. Louis Rams cheerleader entertains the crowd during a game against the Tennessee Titans at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on November 3, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(FootballSTL) -- This season is quickly slipping away from the Rams. For a team that came into this year with extremely high expectations, 3-6 is even harder to swallow. Throw in the fact they had multiple leads and multiple chances to win Sunday’s game against the Titans in the Edward Jones Dome and you have some incredibly frustrated players.
“The more they stack up, the more they hurt,” defensive end Chris Long said. “Our defense had a chance to win the game and we were out of our gaps and had way too much on the ground. The basic thing is, we’ll see when we look at it on Monday, but they’re correctable things but you can’t be saying these things are correctable Week 9. Should have gotten those things corrected eight weeks ago. We’ve got to come to work on Monday. The 24-hour rule is a good thing to have this week – this one does hurt, it sucks. So, we’ll get the job done this next week.”
“Coach (Jeff) Fisher said it after the game. There’s only one thing to do and that’s go back to work,” quarterback Kellen Clemens said. “We’ll take the 24-hour rule. We’ll look at the tape tomorrow. We’ll make the corrections that we need to make, addressing the issues that are there. Hopefully, from an injury standpoint, we came out pretty good I hope, and we’ll get back to work. That’s the only thing we can do is keep working. The good news is this is a locker room full of guys that have been through adversity, also aren’t going to turn on one another either. We’re a unified front going forward and we’ll get ready for the Colts. It’s going to be a good challenge.”
Remember, the Rams are the youngest team in the NFL when it comes to their average age. Young players make mistakes. Young players take time to develop. Could that have something to do with the 3-6 record?
“In our meeting rooms we haven’t had the ‘We’re young’ excuse, at least not in the linebacker room, that’s for sure,” James Laurinaitis said. “These guys have played plenty of football in their lives to know football and where to fit. It’s everybody, not just the young players. Everybody is contributing, like I said. That’s the frustrating part. You can go over it, you watch tape, you figure out certain things. Then it hits you in the game. We’ve just got to get back to work.
“I know it sounds cliché but we really just have to get back to work. Just work harder than we did the week before, watch more film and correct it. Not let the little things go in practice, and I don’t think we have let the little things go in practice, but we have to really nip every little mistake in the bud because the truth of the matter is I believe to my soul that this football team is better than our record is, better than what we’ve shown. That’s all well and good, but until we start winning football games, which we’re paid to do, that’s going to continue to be frustrating.
“We’re better than what we’ve shown and that’s the most frustrating thing. If we play to our potential and we get beat, then whatever, they get paid too. But right now we’re not playing up to our potential. We’ve just got to recommit. The positive thing is that we have a bunch of guys in this room that truly care about each other and love each other. There’s not going to be any kind of BS that happens on a football team where people start pointing at each other and stuff like that. We won’t have that. We’ve got to fix these problems because … for a couple weeks there, Carolina, Seattle, I thought as a front seven we really showed something but today this happened. When you’re inconsistent you don’t win many games, and right now we’re inconsistent,” Laurinaitis said.
Things won’t get any easier next week. They have to take a trip to Indianapolis to play Andrew Luck and the Colts at their place.