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Opinion: Rams' problems much more than injuries

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(Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images) By Kyle Rivas (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images) By Kyle Rivas
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 26:   Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by  Robert Quinn #94 of the St. Louis Rams  at Arrowhead Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images) By Kyle Rivas KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 26: Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Robert Quinn #94 of the St. Louis Rams at Arrowhead Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images) By Kyle Rivas

FootballStL -- The Rams 34-7 defeat at the hands of Kansas City was nothing short of embarrassing. Sure, the Rams were bitten by the injury bug yet again, but the injuries seem to be masking problems that lie far beneath a roster filled with plenty of potential and plenty of disappointment. 

The Rams jumped out to their usual quick lead, making the Chiefs, as they did with the Cowboys, 49ers and Seahawks in previous weeks, look like a defense unfit to handle a versatile NFL attack. Then, the Rams fell back to reality and failed to score again, looking unprepared and out of sync throughout. 

The flashes of ability the Rams have shown throughout the season signify a problem that starts at ownership and flows throughout the organization as the team's glaring inconsistencies are shown week-in and week-out. 

As the Rams lose, so does their fanbase, caught in a dilemma in which they struggle to decide whether to support a losing product that may be leaving or give up on a franchise that's been stuck in park for nearly ten seasons. 

With the Rams in pivotal year-three of the Jeff Fisher/ Les Snead era, fans were optimistic that St. Louis was poised to breakout and finally make the playoffs, something that they haven't done since 2004, when the Mike Martz lead Rams lost in the NFC Divisional Game to the Atlanta Falcons. 

Martz was fired a year later and the Rams downfall began. Scott Linehan and Steve Spagnuolo dragged the Rams and their fanbase along for six of the worst seasons the franchise has ever seen. 

Since the Martz axing, the Rams have compiled the worst record in the NFL, a tough pill to swallow considering the Raiders and Jaguars are annually thought to be the cellar of the NFL. 

The 2012 hiring of Jeff Fisher was supposed to aid the Rams in their return to being a competitive team. Instead, the Rams have become more mind-boggling than ever before. 

The bewildering running back roulette, constant offensive line shuffling, continuous personal foul penalties, and numerous draft and free agent busts headline the problems of an organization on a roller coaster ride that could end with the team leaving for a more profitable gig in Los Angeles. 

With the possibility of losing a franchise that's been here nearly 20 years, the fans can't be at fault for not filling an outdated stadium and not supporting a  losing product. 

With five top ten picks and numerous high round picks in the last ten drafts, it's a wonder that the Rams aren't at the top of the NFC West. Those picks, however, have been populated with disappointments the likes of Jason Smith, Adam Carriker, and Sam Bradford. 

The Rams have seemed inept in player development during Fisher's time in St. Louis . Players that starred in their rookie seasons (i.e Chris Givens and Janoris Jenkins) have seen dramatic drop-offs in seasons two and three, while players expected to contribute immediately like Brian Quick and Greg Robinson haven't been able to find the field thanks to troubles learning the playbook. 

The Rams have also excelled in signing free agents that have either never fulfilled their potential or are on the wrong side of a Pro Bowl career. Jake Long has now torn his ACL in back-to-back seasons with the Rams, proving to be the same as every other Rams' injury-ridden lineman. 

The Jared Cook and Kenny Britt signings were supposed to give Sam Bradford the downfield threats he needed to become an elite quarterback. Now, Bradford's season, and most likely his Rams career, is over thanks to a second straight torn ACL, while, Britt and Cook have been stuck watching third-string quarterback Austin Davis find a favorite red-zone target in tight end Lance Kendricks. 

Whatever the Rams try to do seems to backfire, forcing the Rams to change their ways halfway through the season, and giving Rams fans hope that the next season will be "the one". 

Now, with Jake Long and Brian Quick lost for the season, Rams fans may again be forced to turn this year's disappointment into next season's hope, while the fact that Fisher, Snead, or the Rams could be gone any second hangs over the city's head.

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