Results 1 to 4 of 4
Like Tree4Likes
  • 1 Post By MauiRam
  • 3 Post By HUbison

Thread: Rams best positioned to dominate in the NFC West ..

  1. #1
    MauiRam's Avatar
    MauiRam is offline Pro Bowl Ram
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Maui, Hi.
    Age
    70
    Posts
    4,898
    Rep Power
    79

    Rams best positioned to dominate in the NFC West ..

    NFC West dominant team 2014-16
    July, 19, 2011 Jul 19 1:00PM By Mike Sando

    No team dominated the NFC West in 2010, but the St. Louis Rams are best positioned to control the division down the road.

    They've got the franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, and that separates them from the other teams in the division, at least for now. The San Francisco ***** might have the answer in rookie second-round choice Colin Kaepernick, but it's too early to say. The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks can improve their chances by addressing the position during free agency this offseason or in the 2012 draft.

    The Rams have no such worries. Bradford showed them plenty last season as rookie, particularly with the way he commanded the offense and kept his poise. The stats were there for stretches -- 11 touchdowns against one pick over a six-game stretch in the middle of the season -- and the numbers should only improve. If all goes as planned, Bradford will be hitting full stride by the 2014 season, and probably before then.

    St. Louis already has the most consistent defense in the division. Defensive end Chris Long and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis give coach Steve Spagnuolo young building blocks. Defensive end Robert Quinn, drafted 14th overall this year, should become one as well.

    The Rams have more building to do, of course. They'll need to improve at receiver and find Steven Jackson's successor at running back. They must continue replenishing their defensive line while getting help for Laurinaitis at linebacker.

    As much or more than other teams in the division, though, the Rams have shown an ability get things right in the draft. Long, Bradford, Laurinaitis and left tackle Rodger Saffold give St. Louis a strong core to build around. Right tackle Jason Smith hasn't been a big hit after being the No. 2 overall pick in 2009, but he's not a bust, either. Smith and Saffold should give the Rams bookend tackles for years to come.

    Thanks to Bradford and billionaire owner Stan Kroenke, the Rams have the strongest foundation in the NFC West. That doesn't guarantee divisional dominance for the time period in question, but it certainly gives the Rams a head start.


  2. #2
    HUbison's Avatar
    HUbison is offline Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Kentucky
    Age
    40
    Posts
    13,595
    Rep Power
    145

    Re: Rams best positioned to dominate in the NFC West ..

    As much or more than other teams in the division, though, the Rams have shown an ability get things right in the draft.
    When's the last time this sentence was uttered with any serious tone?
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

  3. #3
    QUINNtessentialTruth's Avatar
    QUINNtessentialTruth is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Earth
    Age
    25
    Posts
    1,200
    Rep Power
    13

    Re: Rams best positioned to dominate in the NFC West ..

    Haha indeed HUbison, indeed.

    Great article, nothing new of course. Pretty much what we keep talking about here. Just an exciting future. Now, end this lock out already.

  4. #4
    GROUND DOG 39's Avatar
    GROUND DOG 39 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    MANCHESTER, U.K.
    Posts
    1,483
    Rep Power
    18

    Re: Rams best positioned to dominate in the NFC West ..

    No doubting my mind. Jim Thomas predicts a second place finish for the Rams but I do not see how he thinks that.? Maybe he is just siding on caution until the Rams improve in a few areas. But still we are easily the most promising team in the West. A one touchdown improvement in every game is not beyond reach and the D should be improved also or at least the same.? NFC WEST CHAMPS 2011!!!

Similar Threads

  1. SI.com: Why Rams D will dominate in 2011
    By TekeRam in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: -06-17-2011, 12:16 PM
  2. Rams Dominate Cowboys And Here's Why
    By btimsah in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: -10-19-2008, 10:47 PM
  3. Rams WRs should dominate
    By Rambos in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: -09-07-2005, 05:30 PM
  4. Rams were primed to dominate Lions
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: -08-31-2005, 07:23 AM
  5. Quarterback questions dominate NFC West
    By RamDez in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: -07-31-2004, 04:08 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •