I’m not going to sit here and say that I expect the Rams to win the NFC West this season, but I’m also not going to say that it’s impossible. Mike Sando, who covers the NFC West for ESPN, agrees with me. Sando responded to a mailbag question from a Rams fan asking about the possibility of the Rams going from worst to first.
“Yes, the Rams have a chance. It’s an outside chance. They arguably have the most talented quarterback in the division. They have talent on the defensive line. Strength at those positions will give a team a chance. The Rams will need much better luck with injuries. They’re due on that front.
“Also, while the NFC West has improved, the quarterback situations aren’t stable across the board. There are no perennial Pro Bowl quarterbacks standing in the way. Every team in the division has taken too many sacks recently. Sacks put quarterbacks at risk to injury. A teams’s fortunes can swing wildly with an unexpected quarterback change.”
I have to admit that Sando makes some good points, but I’m not ready to crown the Rams as division champs just yet. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there’s a chance. It might not be a good chance, but these things can happen. Don’t give up hope yet, Rams fans.