Oct 28, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy (30) reacts to losing the game between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks at Edward Jones Dome. The Seahawks defeat the Rams 14-9. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Should The Rams "Tank" The Rest Of The Season?

Right now the St. Louis Rams sit at 5-6 and just two games out a playoff spot with five games left to play, not to mention all but one of their remaining opponents have winning records.

The chances to the Rams making the final playoff spot is very slim. With that said would it be smarter for the Rams to lose the rest of their games and build for the future rather than fight for a playoff spot.

Whenever there is a top prospect coming in the upcoming draft, fans at times would rather their team get that top prospect than compete for the post season. In basketball this season it’s Andrew Wiggins, this season in football it’s Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowny.

Is it better to get that next top prospect that has potential to make a difference or do as well as you can now even if it means your chances of getting that prospect goes down the drain?

First I’ll start by saying this. When drafting a player, nobody truly knows how a player is going to turn out. They could turn out to be the next Peyton Manning or they could turn out to be the next JaMarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf.

Even the best scouts don’t know if a player’s game is going to translate to the big leagues, or if a player is going is going to be willing to put in that extra effort that will make them great players. They just never know.

If scouts truly knew how a player was going to turn out, the Tom Brady’s and Kurt Warner’s of the world would go in the first round and the Ryan Leaf’s and JaMarcus Russell’s would go in the later rounds or even go undrafted.

Thats what makes the draft so exciting however, nobody ever knows how a player is going to turn out. There is always that chance to get that diamond in the rough in the later rounds. Heck the Rams look like they just got one in last year’s draft with Zac Stacy.

If the Rams were to tank the rest of the season and go 5-11 and then the Redskins were to go 5-11 as well, the Rams would more than likely end up with a two picks in the 6-10 range, and I would imagine the Rams would look to trade out of one of those if not both.

If the Rams end up going 7-9, 8-8, or 9-7 the Rams would more than likely end up with a pick in the 13-18 range and to be honest the talent level in that area isn’t a significant decrease from 13 to 18.

When the Rams end up with a top 1o pick from Washington, it would not be surprising if Les Snead made one of his infamous draft day trades to move back in that 13-18 area anyway.

The Rams would obviously receive more picks, but do you want to build for the future so much that you are giving up what the Rams have going now? The Rams have a good corps of guys with Bradford, Stacy, Austin, and Givens on offense and Long, Brockers, Quinn, Laurinaitis on defense and unfortunately those guys aren’t getting any younger, specifically Long and Laurinaitis. Why let their talent go to waste?

This is a win now league, it’s the main reason why NFL free agency is so big. Teams are willing to pay the big bucks to fill in the missing holes in order to reach the main goal that next season, the Lombardi Trophy.

The Rams have lost so much in the past ten years, that as a fan you should be cherishing these wins. The Rams have failed to win 10 games in a season since 2003 and have failed to win four games four times since 2007. The Rams have played 11 games this season, have five wins, and sit one game away from .500.

The only time tanking a season should even be considered is if a team is going to get their franchise quarterback, and for the Rams that isn’t even the case as Sam Bradford is their guy.

Right now the Rams are right in the playoff mix and even if the Rams lose to San Francisco and Arizona it’s just not like a Jeff Fisher team to just give up and call it a year just to get a higher draft pick.

What message is that sending to a young team trying to develop? If you are going to go out on the field to purposely lose, what’s the point of even taking the field on Sunday?

You play the game to win and only to win. As the great coach Vince Lombardi said, “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” And that’s exactly what the Rams have done for the past ten years, failing to achieve a winning season. It’s time to turn the tides and make winning a habit.


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  • drewspinoso

    Bla bla bla! So Blaine, if we didn’t have a crap team when we traded away for RG3 would we have had that luxury? Would Buffalo had the luxury to trade down? Would a team such as ours with only 2 pro bowl players including Hekkar actually forget the potential of getting an extra one or two players in the draft. You mention Ryan Leaf: well if the Chargers had the #1 position would they have drafted Manning? Yes! Would their franchise be different? Yes! The rams aren’t fit for the toilet bowl this year and you would rather have them win a couple pointless games to secure your pride. Well I’m not one of those brainless idiots who watches games. Usage first hand how Dallas took 3 x First and Second round picks to make a dynasty, and a dynasty is what we’ll need to win with Schitty and John “boy” Walton!

    • Blaine Grisak

      We can still trade down and get that extra pick or two with the Washington pick, I just don’t see the point of purposely losing games just to get a better draft pick on a player that may or may not pan out. What message does purposely losing send to a young team? What’s the point of taking the field on Sunday’s?

      We may only have two potential pro bowlers, but guys like Long, Brockers, Laurniaitis, Jenkins, Zuerlein, Stacy, Bradford, Austin, Saffold, and J. Long are all pro bowl caliber players. We have a good group of guys, With the two picks the Rams have this upcoming April, it will just add to the group that we have.

      We don’t have a “crappy” team. If our team was “crappy” we wouldn’t have won games against the Colts and Bears who granted, aren’t playing up to their full potential, but are still good teams. We are young and gaining valuable experience, our time is coming very soon.

      • drewspinoso

        The point is winning 3 Super Bowls and not just one. Our coordinators (Schitty and Walton) are still not considered elite coaches by any means. So……….with Fisher being the loyal stooge he is I’m guessing he will keep these sub par coaches next year. So next year we have even more studs and the worst part is they will be out running around into each other.
        Coaching is just as important as the talent you have! This is why we need talent to cover these idiots aptitude.

        • Blaine Grisak

          I see you’re point on winning 3 Super Bowls which is very hard to do, but with the players that we have and the top 5 pick that we will get from WAS along with our picks will have us competing for championships for years to come.

          I have to admit I haven’t been the biggest fan of Walton or Shotty this year, but you have to give them credit, Schotty has done pretty well with Clemens and has been getting Tavon more involved and Walton has been doing better since the Seahawks game.

          • drewspinoso

            Blaine, i agree they have done better with last years playbook. But that playbook is still antiquated football o yesteryea r it doesn’t apply to the fast paced styles of today’s games. As I said before that will only work with a defense that is rated #1 in the league. I find no interest in watching a game based on the run or feel its a Super Bowl winning philosophy. Bradford is a verticle quarterback who deserves a OC that suites his strong suite. We saw how horribly Schitty tried to be that coordinator and it was like a bad accident that you couldn’t stop watching. Multiple receiver sets was difficult for him to embrace. A Martz type scheme is necessary without the ego. I don’t mean to be salty but it’s painfully obvious and Fisher hasn’t grasped the concept of a more modern O scheme either.

          • Blaine Grisak

            I agree with you to a point. This offense does need to go down the field more and the playbook does need to be opened up more. Where I disagree with you is when you say you have no interest in watching a game based on the run or feel its a Super Bowl winning philosophy.
            The teams that win championships are the teams that have a good run game and good defense e.g. Ravens last year, Giants the list goes on.
            The high powered offenses that can’t run the ball and struggle on defense are the teams that fall short e.g Broncos last year, Packers, Pats, the list goes on there as well.
            Fisher will play it old school, but he will build a team like the 49ers and Steelers teams, good defenses and they run the football, and they don’t turn the ball over. And Drew, those teams win championships

          • drewspinoso

            Good rushing day = 100 yds
            Good passing day = 300 yds

            Passing sounds a bit more efficient. Also when your D sucks it’s great to run your way a blow up the clock. If your behind your toast. Games are not as exciting. Ravens? Joe Flacco? Or were u referring to Jamal Anderson and the number one defense in the league. As I said before our defense is far from the number one defense.

          • Blaine Grisak

            Our defense may not be a number one defense, but they do have to potential to be a top 10, top 5 defense. Our front seven can be one of the best in the league, and Janoris can be one of the best corners, not to mention T.J. looked pretty good before he broke his leg.

            The Ravens of last season ran the football and played good defense, the Giants did the same thing when they won, the 49ers did it to get there last season, but lost.

            The Broncos who threw the ball and struggled to stop teams lost in the divisional round to the Ravens, same with the Patriots. The Giants defeated the throw happy Patriots twice in the big game. The saying offense wins games, but defense wins championships is 100% accurate, with a run game and a good defense, which the Rams have, just on an inconsistent basis, and an offense that can win you games, which the Rams are in the process of building, That will win you championships.

            The Rams are close to making a return and I think their team is a little better than you might think, maybe its just because I am too big of a fan and thats blinding me. They are young though and you can see in full effect how this team is learning. They have had far less mental errors in recent weeks.

            I don’t know. Either way though this team is moving in the right direction, and to purposely lose just doesn’t make sense and would send a bad message to a young team. My philosophy is to never quit even if your out. And I believe Jeff Fisher is the same way.

            If the Rams lose then great, they get a better draft pick, Im not going to complain unless its this week against the 49ers, but if they win, hey my week just got a whole lot better. Im going to root for playoffs until they are out, and even then I’m going root for them to win, but I won’t be too disappointed if they lose, Im just not the type of person that is going to cheer for my team to lose especially because the number one pick is basically out of question.

  • Gary Stewart

    well i fall somewhere between blaine and drew. i am all for fighting tooth and nail in an effort to win. that said i would not be all that dissappointed in losses that occur AFTER and only, IF and AFTER we are mathematically eliminated. until such time i am bouyed by the 7-9 seattle team that won a tiebreaker from us and then beat new orleans in the first round we all know how they have done since but if we lose while fighting hard i am ok with that . and blaine you dont know jeff fisher that well if you think he would ever purposely coach to lose. thats just not in his makeup. btw green bay has now lost to detroit dropping to 5-6-1 and we slide past them with a win over the niners we need help but until the math says we cant make it i will root to win and after that i will continue to root to win just wont be crushed if we lose a game after the one that eliminates us, here hoping it never comes GO RAMS!!

    • Blaine Grisak

      Well said. I don’t agree on the tanking idea, but if the Rams were to lose fighting tooth and nail to the end, that I would be ok with like you said after they are eliminated of course. At the end of the day though we are still in it right now and here’s to upsetting literally the forty-whiners. Wanna put a number on how many times Harbaugh and Kaep lose their heads on Sunday?