If you’re a fan of Mike and Mike in the Morning you know it’s that time of the year again. Greeny and Golic do their own two-a-days each fall. Haha, and before you start laughing at the prospect of Greeny doing anything close to something athletic, calm down. They cover two teams a day answering 5 questions surrounding two NFL teams and give their predictions for the final season record.
1) Does the entire 2011-2012 season rest entirely on the arm of QB Sam Bradford?
Not entirely, but with all those rookie records, yes, a lot will be riding on Sam. He will have a lot of help from RB Steven Jackson though. The Rams have to expect Sam Bradford to take that next step in his development and lead the team to the division title.
Sam Bradford's 2010-2011 Stats
2) Can Steven Jackson rush over 1,000 yards with the additions of Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood?
Being the competitive athlete he is, Steven Jackson will not want to give up playing time and reps to his back-ups. But to his chagrin those few breathers on the sideline will give him fresher legs to prolong his NFL career.
Jackson had a team high leading 330 carries. His back-up, Kenneth Darby, only 34. Look for Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood to take a bite or two out of that pie.
Rams 2010-2011 Rushing Leaders
3) Which Rams WR will have a breakout season? Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson or Mike Sims-Walker?
Obviously, they haven’t been paying much attention to what’s been transpiring at training camp. If they had even taken a quick looksie they would have discovered the other targets that Sam has at his disposal.
Second round draft pick TE Lance Kendricks has been getting lots of reps with the first team offense as well as third and fourth round picks WR’s Austin Pettis and Greg Salas. But don’t turn a blind eye to the veterans on the team either. Mardy Gilyard, Donnie Avery, Danario Alexander, and Dominique Curry are all still lurking in the background.
Look for McDaniels to have Sam spread the ball around to as many receivers as he can.
Rams 2010-2011 Receiving Stats
4) Do you expect to see DE’s Chris Long and James Hall maintain their level of performance from last season?
Chris Long had 8.5 sacks and James Hall with 10.5 sacks. The Rams actually had 43 sacks putting them #7 in the league. Most of those sacks coming from the D-line.
Expect the Rams first round draft pick, Robert Quinn, to ease into the lineup this season. He’s still learning his way around an NFL D-line. But from what I saw he’s got potential and could make a contribution to that sack total this season.
5) How will the Rams finish this season?
Greeny and Golic both have the Rams 9-7 and winning the division. *Seattle’s line is blank as they will be covered on August 29.
Mike and Mike's (& Liam's Mum's) Projections for the 2011-2012 Season
Greeny was not at all banking on any of the other QB’s in the division: the 49ers QB Alex Smith, Seahawk’s Tavaris Jackson, and even Arizona’s Kevin Kolb.
By the way, Liam’s mum has NO IDEA about football (or horse racing and basketball for that matter) yet she was eerily good at predicting such things. Should we feel some comfort in the fact that she loves the Rams?
A stat you didn’t know:
Sam Bradford‘s favorite target, Danny Amendola, tied Cardinal’s WR Larry Fitzgerald for the league lead in red zone targets. Greeny didn’t say exactly how many and I for one am looking into this. I’ll get back to you guys once I get an answer from the stat guru Mike Clay.
Well, there you have it. Mike and Mike’s Rams two-a-days. Sounds like they’ve partaken in the Rams kool-aid. What do you guys think?