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    Gordon: Viewers Brace For Prime-Time Rams Disaster

    Gordon: Viewers brace for prime-time Rams disaster

    BY JEFF GORDON
    Monday, December 12, 2011

    America will witness the full magnitude of the Rams’ failure tonight. Are you ready for some bad football?

    The Seahawks are eager to give their NFC West “rivals” another ferocious beating in this unfortunate showcase game.

    We all know how much Seattle coach Pete Carrollloves the limelight. And we know that “Monday Night Football” is still a big deal in the NFL community.

    This game offers a prime opportunity to show off before a national TV audience.

    “Everybody enjoys the heck out of it,” Carroll told Seattle reporters. “And we're fortunate to have the opportunity, and we want to play real well.”

    This game figures to be a season highlight for the Seahawks. Like the Rams, they are also-rans in a bad division. But unlike the 2-10 Rams, they are mustering a late charge.

    Carroll could use a lopsided victory to keep his fledgling program moving forward. Expect him to show no mercy on a team struggling to execute even the simplest football tasks with any consistency.

    Steve Spagnuolo’s squad is circling the drain. This football operation appears out of answers. An extreme makeover is necessary.

    By losing large on this big national stage, perhaps the Rams could make owner Stan Kroenke ever more inclined to make the needed changes.

    Maybe, just maybe, something good could come from another horrific defeat. Perhaps the vivid imagery from another three-hour beatdown will haunt Kroenke and prompt him to order a full-scale re-launch during the New Year.

    The ESPN folks will show the Rams some pity and note their litany of serious injuries. But the Seahawks are decimated, too, and they have still play good football of late.

    Elsewhere in the NFL, the shorthanded Texans clinched a playoff berth with somebody named T.J. Yates leading the offense. Minus elite quarterback Matt Schaub and All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson, Houston somehow kept winning.

    The Rams, by contrast, keep finding ways to lose. Expect more of the same in this game.

    ESPN.com Mike Sando implored them to featureSteven Jackson more in this game. He offered offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels the following advice:

    The Rams have one of the NFL's most physical running backs. Guard Harvey Dahl was one of their top acquisitions. But with McDaniels as coordinator, the Rams have all but given up on a conventional ground game. The reasoning could be defensible. The Rams' offensive line hasn't shown it can push defenses off the ball. Still, something seems wrong with this picture. The Rams have run the ball only 29.3 percent of the time in the red zone, the second-lowest figure in the NFL. They have run it only 32 percent of the time from the 10-yard line or closer, also the second-lowest figure. Jackson did say he expects a more run-oriented plan this week. But with injured quarterbackSam Bradford possibly returning for this game, will McDaniels continue leaning on the pass? Jackson said he expected a more run-oriented plan this week.

    Good luck with that. Seattle’s sturdy defensive front will manhandle the remnants of the Rams offensive line, as they did the last time the teams played. The visitors will be forced to the air despite their inability to pass block.

    Bradford would be better off sitting out this game and lettingTom Brandstater and Kellen Clemens take the fall. A quarterback can learn from defeat, true, but unrelenting team failure can suck the life out of him.

    Bradford is fighting that premise, to his credit. He is desperate to make something good happen before this season ends.

    He will volunteer to play on one good ankle and take another beating behind a depleted, unreliable offensive line. He will insist on putting up a good fight.

    But at this point, why put him in that vulnerable position?

    What’s done is done. The franchise needs to protect this asset while preparing for 2012.

    Perhaps a marquee massacre will speed the process along.


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    Re: Gordon: Viewers Brace For Prime-Time Rams Disaster

    MUST THIS DIMWAD KEEP REMINDING US OF THE OBVIOUS? He better stay off of our arses when we do start winning ; 'ol s**tbag....

    Yeah keep rubbing it in like Bernie but at least Bernie isnt so harsh nowadays...this guy is just sickening and has no remorse....

    Anyhow...what goes around comes around... there will come a day when he will no longer be able to talk trash about a team that was once great...

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    Re: Gordon: Viewers Brace For Prime-Time Rams Disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by rNemesis View Post
    MUST THIS DIMWAD KEEP REMINDING US OF THE OBVIOUS? He better stay off of our arses when we do start winning ; 'ol s**tbag....

    Yeah keep rubbing it in like Bernie but at least Bernie isnt so harsh nowadays...this guy is just sickening and has no remorse....

    Anyhow...what goes around comes around... there will come a day when he will no longer be able to talk trash about a team that was once great...
    Well, until our team starts to win games. He can talk all he wants to.

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    Re: Gordon: Viewers Brace For Prime-Time Rams Disaster

    Steven Jackson is always going to struggle in games like these. For whatever reason, the Rams FO have still not got him some talented help, at RB. ? This is partly the reason the Rams are so inconsistent on offense. The Seahawks are to stout, and Jackson is just to slow to cause the defense big problems tonight.

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    Re: Gordon: Viewers Brace For Prime-Time Rams Disaster

    Pete Carroll can kiss me where the sun don't shine! Take that rah rah man.

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    Re: Gordon: Viewers Brace For Prime-Time Rams Disaster

    I'm sorry to say it, but Steven Jackson is going to struggle not only because of their good run defense and our bad blocking, but because Jackson is just not very good anymore.

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    Re: Gordon: Viewers Brace For Prime-Time Rams Disaster

    Pete Carroll was the coach here before bellichek and he sucked then too hes a cheerleader , i think he coaches for the good seats, terrible the seahawks now are exactly like the Pats then , circling 500 and all hype.

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