Ok, everything seems to be shaping up nicely this offseason. Most of the needs are being filled, and I think everyone agrees with what the needs are, including the Rams FO, which is odd!!
But here's my deal: For some reason I can't seem to picture the Rams being a dominant team next year. On paper, it's looking good. I think Kevin Curtis has come into his own, and with Jackson the offense SHOULD be pretty explosive.
I THINK the defense will be much improved, and the special teams in no way could be as bad as they were last year, it's just not possible.
I apologize in advance for the negativity, but this is me thinking out loud:
I just don't see these Rams right now (and continuing from last year) being anywhere near the Eagles/Patriots level. Perhaps it's just the parity in the League that makes me reluctant. I'm not sure if picking up Claiborne and Coakley are enough to fix the D.
Are we somewhat over-optomistic because they made a year end surge and won a playoff game? Although that's a positive, it was only 2 weeks prior that they were 6-8 and looking like it was going to be a long offseason. Which team is going to show up next year, the one that layed an egg vs. Miami and New England? Even though the Defense was outmatched vs. the Falcons, didn't our new D coordinator BLOW the game plan by trying to contain the outside, while getting gutted up the middle?
And lastly, this team was 8-8 last year. You are what your record says you are. If I look at any other 8-8 team in the league from last year, I would probably say "they aren't going anywhere next year". I'm sure they all picked up a few FA's to fill some holes as well.
Feel free to post the positives, but I'm just trying to look at it from the outside, and be realistic.