Jetlagged: LA Rams stuck in two win one loss holding pattern

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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LA Rams game day
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Two out of three is bad

For those of you who want to blame one player, you can have at it. But that doesn’t stop the holding penalty that wipes a go-ahead touchdown off the board. It doesn’t stiffen the defense to hold a lackluster offense to a three-and-punt in the closing minutes of the game. The players on the team must get angry about such an embarrassing loss at home. Then, they must harness that raw emotion to change the outcome of future games.

Yes. A win followed by a win followed by a loss is two out of three. And per the hit song so long ago, ‘two out of three ain’t bad.’ But that wasn’t a song about an NFL team vying for the NFL playoffs. The LA Rams have defeated some very good teams this year. And the LA Rams have now lost to the worst teams in the NFL.  The inconsistency is alarming.  The lack of emotion from a team so close to the prize is incensing.

Are the Rams just collecting a paycheck?

Nobody is trying to say that winning in the NFL each week is easy. It’s not. It’s a constant demand and strain upon each player. It taxes athleticism, focus, passion, durability, health, and a positive mindset each season, each game, each play. But there are some players on the Rams roster whose career will not last forever. There are no guarantees that success happens in any given year.

Aaron Donald deserves a Lombardi. Andrew Whitworth deserves a Lombardi. And letting a chance for them to finally get away upsets the fans tremendously. And there it is. LA Rams fans are angry. LA Rams fans are frustrated. LA Rams fans are emotional. The fans are all of these things, and yet that seems to be missing from the team.  Perhaps the LA Rams should try getting passionate about the game sometime. At least that way, we will all be on the same page together.