I can’t believe I am about to say this, but the NFC West could be an exciting division to watch in the 2011 version of the NFL. The Seahawks, Cardinals, and Rams are all making some very respectable moves. Perhaps even Alex Smith and Jim Harbaugh are conjuring up something, perhaps even if it’s just a competitive squad that won’t be an easy-win for anyone. We all know we have the best QB in the division, but the best RB in the division is an area most people would disagree on. Sure Steven Jackson runs hard and can catch the ball, but can he stay healthy? How many times last year did we need a RB to come in and not only relieve Jackson a little but but give the defense a different look. How many times did our old OC (thank the heavens he is out of St. Louis and how in the world did he land a head coaching position?) run Steven up the middle 2-3 times in a row for no gains or losses of yardage? I don’t think we’ll have that problem this year with Josh McDaniels as our OC, but the point is that having a stud experienced backup RB to share the carries with #39 and to give the defenses a totally different look is key. Josh and Sam will have them guessing in the passing game, lets make sure they are guessing a little bit too as to what we are going to do with our running game. Paging Ronnie Brown. Ronnie Brown, please pick up. TIDBITS & FINAL THOUGHTS: Does anyone else wonder what Kenneth Darby could have done if given the chance? Please tell me the reason we haven’t made a move yet is NOT because we don’t want to hurt Steven’s ego? Please tell me he is a team player. Please tell me Kevin Slaten is wrong.
By Darryn Yates -
About the Author
My name is Darryn Yates. I pretty much have 2 passions in life besides family and they are sports & music. I was born and raised in Granite City, IL, right across the Mississippi River from St. Louis; my dad was a high school football coach and my mother was a teacher. I moved to southern California in 1993 before the Rams moved to St. Louis. I followed the Rams religiously since St. Louis had no team; the Cardinals had moved to Arizona. I ended up moving back to the St. Louis area in 2005. I am a rock musician (singer/songwriter of the band On Tracy Lane). Besides St. Louis, I have lived in Normal IL, San Diego CA, Pomona CA, Los Angeles CA, and Nashville TN. My music has taken me all over the country and to Greenland where I performed for the US troops. Writing has always been a strong point of mine; it comes very natural to me. Plus, I have a lot to say about sports in our world today and the St. Louis Rams. I welcome you to The Rams Rock Report - a view on sports, particularly the Rams, with a rock n' roll flavor to it. Whatever that means.