The Rams have set themselves up for a make or break season these next two years. The Rams don’t necessarily have to make the playoffs this year, but the players they draft must show promise, much like the rookies did last year, and show promise for a bright future. The Rams will once again have to prove that they can play with the big dogs, because statistically, the Rams have one of the hardest schedules in the league once again. With the NFC West being one of the toughest if not the toughest division, the Rams still have a lot to prove. I wouldn’t expect them to go 4-1-1 in the division again, 3-3 or 4-2 is more likely. This team looks like it is headed in the right direction, however these next two drafts will say a lot about where this team is headed. The Rams absolutely cannot mess up.
Last April the Rams made possibly the biggest trade in the franchises history when they traded the number two overall selection to the Washington Redskins in return for a second round pick last year and first round picks in this year’s and next year’s draft. If the Rams get it right they could be set for the next decade. However, if they get it wrong they could struggle for just as long.
Pressure could not be higher on Les Snead and Jeff Fisher this year. Last year they had the opportunity to take RGIII, but instead decided to put their faith in Sam Bradford and build the franchise around him. While many fans disagreed with that decision, Snead and Fisher felt Sam was in fact their guy. It is essential that Snead and Fisher back up what they did last year with another successful draft this year. If they can match what they pulled off in last year’s draft, their is no doubt the Rams will be in a great situation moving forward.
The Rams have put themselves in a great situation. Much like the Cowboys did when they traded Herschel Walker to the Vikings. The Cowboys went on to create some of the best teams in league history. The Rams could do much the same and set themselves up for greatness and bring winning back to the city of St.Louis.