Guess a good (?) night’s sleep didn’t help much in swallowing the ugly loss. Tensions are still running high on Twitter and on 101ESPN. The BigEZ from Zach and the Coach is ranting right now as I’m typing this. He is hot and bothered and not in a good way.
I gave the Rams a D+, just shy of a failing grade, because of the 7 points from what now looks like a freak TD from Sam Bradford to Brandon Gibson. Without that it would have been an F for sure.
Realistically, there’s not much you can do about the bad luck with all the defensive backs. One by one the secondary landed on the IR.
Jerome Murphy, Mikail Baker, Dionte Dinkins, Ron Bartell, and Tim Atchison. Unfortunately, that’s where the Ravens stuck it to the Rams the most. They took the phrase, “Lather, rinse and repeat” to the fullest.
But with all that being said there were a couple of glaring red flags we cannot ignore.
Red flag #1: The Rams coaching staff didn’t make adjustments quick enough.
From Spags’ post-game presser:
I don’t have an explanation. I wish I did. If I had I would’ve solved it at halftime, but I don’t.
I know one of the things, they came in with a little different approach then we thought.
What do you mean you don’t have an explanation? You’re the head coach of an NFL team. You must have some idea of what the Ravens did.
Analysts all over the airwaves and fans seem to have more of a clue than what you just said there. Take a look at Twitter timelines for some answers, Coach.
Another thing that puzzled me was Spags’ phrasing. ”I would’ve…”
Last time we looked Spags still had a complete complement of coaches on his staff. Are we to understand that no one the coaching staff was able to come up with anything? I hope that Spags’ control freak tendencies didn’t get in the way of him listening to suggestions.
Just because you were once labeled a “defensive guru” doesn’t mean you have to be stubborn and inflexible about something that worked in 2007. A true guru would recognize when things aren’t working and adapt.
Granted he’s has fewer raw materials to work with but that’s what a good coach does – produce the best product with what he has.
They were laying it down-field and they were successful at doing it.
Now there’s an understatement. The Ravens were quite successful.
Oh and by the way the Rams helped Ravens WR Torrey Smith become the first rookie in NFL history with three touchdowns receptions (74, 41, and 18 yards) in the first quarter of a game. He might want to send the Rams a little bouquet of flowers with a thank you card.
Had they missed a few of those maybe it would have been a little different.
Why does Spags phrase it that way? If THEY had missed? How about if WE hadn’t let them make those plays??? It seems to me he’s turning the focus away from the train wreck that is the Rams after three weeks.
Red flag #2: Where’s the fight?
More from Spags’ presser:
No, I’m not mad at the team. I never get mad at them. I get mad for them. I get disappointed for them.
Okay, let me preface this by saying one’s coaching style doesn’t necessarily determine the success of the team. Some got it done by yelling and screaming (Coughlin, Ditka, Parcells, etc.) and some got it done being mild mannered (Dungy, Lovie Smith, etc.)
But sometimes, a head coach has to identify when it’s time to turn up the heat.
Spags, you need to get mad – get mad at your coaching staff, get mad at your players, and most of all get mad at yourself.
Please stop playing the “I’m/we’re disappointed and frustrated” card. We’re past that. Way past that.
At half-time I asked them to just go out and fight. I thought we did that.
That’s all a head coach can ask at that particular point when another team is obviously doing a better job than we are.
You can ask all you want but as coaches don’t you think you should tell them, show them WHAT to do and HOW?
“Go out and fight.” How vague. Give them specifics and details. Give your players a better plan. Can’t you just hear the players saying this a la Jerry McGuire, “Help me help you.”
Ah, that’s right. ”I don’t have an explanation. I wish I did. If I had I would’ve solved it at halftime, but I don’t.”
Who goes into the regular season with only 4 cornerbacks? Just sayin’…
Realistically, in a worse case scenario I could see the Rams starting 0-8. Harsh but realistic.
Buckle up folks this could get more bumpy before it gets better.