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    Rams have a high mountain to climb in the rebuilding process

    Rams have a high mountain to climb in the rebuilding process

    Sports Columnist Bryan Burwell
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    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    10/26/2009

    A week ago down in the sun-splashed isolation of Jacksonville where apparently NFL franchises go to suffer in wretched exile before half-empty stadiums and a dispirited fan base the winless Rams stood on their tippy-toes like a baby brother trying to inch his way up a kitchen-door growth chart.

    Last weekend, the Rams thought that at long last they were starting to measure up. They stiffened their backs, stretched their necks, then glanced over their shoulders and convinced themselves that after 16 consecutive losses, they were finally poking their heads even with the rest of the NFL. For one oh-so-brief moment, the Rams actually flirted with victory and dared to believe that prosperity and the end of one year of uninterrupted losing was near.

    That overtime loss in the Florida sun had them fooled and some of us too into believing that this was real progress.

    Of course, now we know that wasn't progress.

    That was just the Jaguars.

    What we need to remember and what the undefeated Indianapolis Colts reminded us of quite emphatically on Sunday in the Edward Jones Dome is what the real standard of measure should be as the Rams continue on their path to reconstruction.

    The goal can't be about just creeping up from the bottom of the NFL barrel. It has to be about leaping out of the gutter, rising above the mediocre masses and returning to prominence. And this 42-6 beatdown by the Colts was just the sort of shock-and-awe reminder of just how far the Rams have to go to accomplish that.

    And let me be the first one to get the buildup started for next Sunday's Debacle in Detroit between your hopeless 0-7 Rams and the pathetic 1-5 Lions. One simple victory won't heal the deep and ugly scab that develops over the course of a losing streak that hit a staggering 17 games on Sunday afternoon.

    Ask the folks in Motown how long their uplifted spirits lasted when the sad-sack Lions ended their 19-game losing streak with a victory over Washington four weeks ago. I believe it lasted all of six days before the Lions started on another losing streak.

    This is not about short-term pleasure. It has to be about climbing all the way back up the pro football summit, where the Rams used to dwell and these powerful Colts seem to be holding permanent residence. Who cares how close the Rams are to bad teams like Jacksonville or Washington, or even ordinary ones like Seattle and San Francisco. Who cares if at the end of this season all they have to show for their efforts is one measly victory against a miserable team like Detroit or Tennessee? MORE BURWELL
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    The rebuilding process won't be a success until the Rams return to equal footing with teams like the Colts, Vikings and Packers.

    "We have some work to do," coach Steve Spagnuolo said when someone asked him how far removed the Rams are from a franchise like the Colts.

    "(First of all), we have to stay healthy."

    And if you are healthy, how long will it take?

    "Ah that's a guess," he said. "But I feel what we have here and what we're doing, I believe that (the way the Rams are doing it) is how you build it. But when we do build it and we get over the hump and we get that one win, we're looking for consistent winning, we're not looking for that one win. We don't want to do this (he motions his hand to go up and down like a roller coaster)."

    Right now, the Rams aren't even on that roller coaster. They haven't won a game, and from the looks of their remaining schedule, the only realistic shots appear to be next week in Detroit or a Dec. 13 date in Nashville against the winless Titans.

    Lining up across the line from a team as good as Indianapolis, with its all-world quarterback Peyton Manning and its talent-rich defense, you can see that the only way the Rams had a chance at winning this game was playing the game of their lives.

    There was only one glimmer of hope when it felt like the Rams were trying to make a game of it. As the second half began, the Colts only led 21-3, when midway through the third quarter, the Rams rediscovered the single-most effective player on their roster, running back Steven Jackson. But by the end of that St. Louis possession, the only thing you remembered was how far away from perfection these Rams truly are.

    On three consecutive plays, Jackson went galloping through the Colts' defense like a powerful Clydesdale, dreadlocks flying, arms, feet and knees pumping high as one of those brawny workhorses. Jackson slammed into the heart of the line of scrimmage and kept on slamming, dragging linemen and linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties like they were Dalmations on the beer wagon joyride.

    Foooompf. Off tackle right for 12 yards.

    Thooompf. Off tackle right for 11 yards.

    Wooompf. Off tackle right for 13 yards.

    The Rams offense suddenly looked like it was capable of actually getting into the end zone, as Jackson ate up yardage and advanced the ball to the Indy 24-yard line. But after those three brutish runs, Jackson slowly climbed up off the turf and jogged to the sidelines, motioning to backup tailback Samkon Gado to give him a breather.

    Uggggggh. Next play, Gado stuffed for a loss of 1 yard.

    Argggggh. Next play after that, quarterback Marc Bulger sacked for a loss of 10 yards.

    By the time Jackson came back in, it was third and 21 from the Indy 35, and the best he could do was burst out for another 8 yards to put the Rams in field-goal range. And just like that, the whole thing disintegrated, the Rams settling for a meaningless field goal.

    This is a team that can hardly survive with Jackson on the field at all times. Even with Jackson gaining 95 of his game-high 134 yards in the third quarter, this game was all over. Without him for even one or two plays, they go into a death spiral. After the game, Jackson tried to choose his words carefully. He didn't want to come off like a bad teammate. In the past, Jackson has gotten injured when he stayed in the game when he needed a breather. Now, he finds himself between a rock and a hard place every time he takes a play off to catch his breath. "Now I realize that it's one of those 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' kind of situations," he said.

    Actually, it's even worse than that. There's a good reason the Rams are on the NFL's longest current losing streak.

    "I believe there are some pieces there," Spagnuolo said. "But when you go up against a team like (the Colts), you're going to need more pieces."

    A lot more pieces.

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    Re: Rams have a high mountain to climb in the rebuilding process

    Good lord.

    Yes, we all know the team is bad. Did he really need to spend 95% of his article saying it? I Kept looking for the part where he talks about the team's plans moving forward for rebuilding or what they might do with the draft and FA next year. Instead he basically said:

    "This team sucks this team sucks this team sucks this team sucks this team sucks this team sucks steven jackson, this team sucks."

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    Re: Rams have a high mountain to climb in the rebuilding process

    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenWing View Post
    Good lord.

    Yes, we all know the team is bad. Did he really need to spend 95% of his article saying it? I Kept looking for the part where he talks about the team's plans moving forward for rebuilding or what they might do with the draft and FA next year. Instead he basically said:

    "This team sucks this team sucks this team sucks this team sucks this team sucks this team sucks steven jackson, this team sucks."
    LOL Agreed!!!!
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    The problem is if you write about anything else than the team sucks then you are in fantasy land. The team has been abysmal this year, and somehow creating positive things to say won't change that. It scores fewer points and gives up more points than anyone else.... it sucks and stinks. The writer is doing his job reporting what he sees; I didn't see us complain when the Rams were great and all the articles were on how great the GSOT was (darn - we know the team is great, why can't they write about some of the weaknesses!).

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    Re: Rams have a high mountain to climb in the rebuilding process

    How's Brian Leonard doing over in Cincy? Would he have been the all world back-up for Jackson? NO! But at least he would have been a better option than the 2 clowns we have behind Jax now. At least Leonard would have given our QB the option of a short pass or a run. One thing for sure about Leonard when we had him, he was a grinder and had hands.

    What did we get for Leonard again?...SQUAT!

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    Re: Rams have a high mountain to climb in the rebuilding process

    Burwell is reminding us that the goal is to be competitive against anyone we play and eventually earn our fair share of wins. Being satisfied that we are "hanging with the Jacksonvilles, the Detroits or the Washingtons of the league shows you how low we've set the bar for a franchise that's lost 17 games in a row. His points are fair ones.

    Trouble is, you must be able to walk before you can run. And the Rams are so far removed from the better teams in this league it's scary. At this point, just hoping we play competitively and being in a position to win a game late is what we've been reduced to.

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    Re: Rams have a high mountain to climb in the rebuilding process

    I don't understand Spags sometimes, he thought they were hanging with the Colts, we had 2 field goals the entire game,that will never keep you in a game with Manning and company, are we going to see any sort of improvement soon or are we going to have to hear the same crap after every loss as they continue to mount.

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