(FootballStL) - Pretty much every single game this season was the same for the Rams up until today. Play well for a half but completely bomb in the other half – resulting in a close loss. Almost literally the same thing.
Then today was looking like a carbon copy until the very end. The Rams ended up with more points than the opponent on the scoreboard. Hallelujah.
There never was a doubt as to how talented this roster is. You can’t have Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, James Laurinaitis and Michael Brockers and be bad. You just can’t. The problem resided in the youth and how the team hadn’t (hasn’t) learned to win yet.
Playing a full 60 minutes might sound cliché but the Rams are proving to people that it’s not. They played a full 30 minutes for the first quarter of the season but forgot to show up for the remaining 30. That’s the difference between young teams and experienced teams.
Sunday’s win over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks was a taste of what can happen if this group matures and – ya know – plays the full 60 minutes. They theoretically should be able to beat anybody in the league.
Obviously, it’s too late to save the 2014 season. You can’t go 1-4 through five games and expect to reel off enough wins to make the playoffs. Arizona won 10 games last year and still didn’t make the postseason. How can you expect the Rams to get to 10 wins now?
They’d have to go 8-2 from here on out. And they still have dates with San Francisco, Arizona (twice), Denver, Seattle and the New York Giants. The odds are quite small of winning 8 of the remaining 10 games on the schedule.
The Rams are – as they have been doing for a while now – playing for next year. They’re playing to get Austin Davis enough experience to be ready to lead the team to a playoff run in 2015. They’re playing to get Greg Robinson, Aaron Donald, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Alec Ogletree and T.J. McDonald enough experience to be ready to make more of an impact in 2015.
They’re playing for the future.
The question is whether the Rams will still be here in St. Louis for us to reap the benefits of it all.