I play in a weekly football pool and before I submit my picks I always check around the league and see what the “experts” have to say. Alot of times I will go against them since they are wrong alot of times. But then again, I am wrong alot too. Anyway, as expected, no one is giving the Rams a chance to win this Monday night on national television as the Rams take on the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. After their performance against the Eagles and as our injury list has grown, why would you pick the Rams? This team is supposed to be on the rise I thought? This is Steve Spanguolo’s 3rd year, Bradford’s second, Laurinaitis’ 3rd year, etc. Shouldn’t our receiving corps be getting not only some bigger names but some repetition as a unit? It’s kind of hard to unify as a unit when you are either getting cut or injured. It’s also hard to progress when you keep dropping passes. I just feel that this 2011 team needs to start honing in on an identity immediately. We are at a point where you start a rise to a higher level or you start showing signs of breaking everything up again soon and starting over. Which one are the Rams going to do? Bradford is fine for this game. Cadillac is more than adequate to be the starting RB. Steven Jackson is a beast, but he is becoming less consistent and less reliable. I see major potential in Gibson and Sims-Walker to start living up to their potential. Amendola is a sparkplug who will be back very soon. I wouldn’t doubt to see him dressed on the sidelines Monday night. Josh McDaniels is arguably one of the top 5 or 10 offensive coordinators in the NFL. Let’s hope we see Alexander and Quinn do their thang as well. James and the defense are almost there, but they gotta stop the run. I see major signs of the Rams getting over the hump and becoming a force. At this point, its all about mindsets and how bad do they want it? What a beautiful time to start putting these pieces together for some wins in front of the world Sept. 19. There are no more excuses, the time is now. Everyone goes through injuries and setbacks. Everyone is talented. It’s the teams that have the most determination and toughness that win. Is this the beginning of another mediocre group that gets broke up soon or is this the beginning of a team that finds the playoffs every year? follow me @DarrynOTL on Twitter.
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.