St. Louis Rams head football coach Jeff Fisher watches his team take on the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on December 2, 2012. St. Louis defeated San Francisco 16-13. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
The NFC West, already one of the toughest divisions in football, got even better. Seattle acquired speedy wide receiver Percy Harvin from Minnesota. San Francisco acquired veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin from Baltimore. Things just got even tougher for the Rams.
The Rams are about to lose several of their top offensive players to free agency, including their best running back and two most productive receivers. Steven Jackson is gone. Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola are almost certainly gone. They’re also losing their two starting safeties, Quintin Mikell and Craig Dahl. It’s going to be tough to get better losing all that talent. It’s clear Jeff Fisher wants to get younger, and has put the priority on building for 2014 rather than 2013.
The Rams have two first round picks in this year’s draft, but can’t realistically expect to fill all their gaping holes via the draft. Expect the Rams to be active when the free agent signing period begins tomorrow at 3pm. They had better be, or an offense that already ranked among the league’s least productive, is in for even tougher times in 2013.