I’ve heard a lot of different opinions this week about what the Rams can do to have a chance against the Packers on Sunday, and possibly the most interesting idea seems to be the most prevalent among those in the know when it comes to the NFL. Several personalities have been saying that the Rams need to dominate time of possession to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines as much as possible (obviously). The suggestion on how to do that, or at least one of the ways, has been that the Rams should use all four downs on offense as much as possible.
Very rarely do you see NFL teams go for it on 4th down early in the game, and you certainly don’t see it numerous times unless it’s late and a team is down big (discounting 4th and inches situations). I’ve heard some people say that the Rams should use four downs if they are close to midfield or in plus territory for the whole game.
Honestly, I think it’s probably a good idea in theory. I mean, you probably aren’t going to be able to stop the Packers on defense no matter where they get the ball with the secondary injuries, so you might as well take a chance on picking up the first down. Like I said, it sounds good in theory. In reality, is that really the message you want to send to your team? Do you want to tell your players and your fans that the guys you have aren’t good enough to compete against another NFL team without using some crazy gimmicks? I’m not saying the Rams are good enough to compete, especially with the injuries, but I think it sends the wrong message to do things like this.