You know I watch sports center and sports related programming most of the time Im in my home. Im addicted I cant get enough I have even become a NASCAR fan this year something I never thought would happen.I seem to notice it dont matter where the forum takes place ESPN/FoxSports/Nfl network that there is always a general concensus on related topics.It seems all these guys get together and decide alright this is the story for this team lets run with it. Take our Rams for example. The story is "Will Jackson Get The BAll?" Thats all I seem to hear. I hear about the new coaching staff too but it always seems to be in relation to Jackson.
We are fans this is our team and we follow it everyday as much as possible. Im sure everyone here would say the number one story is will the defence step it up? I know its the media and they bonehead stuff all the time but cmon this is such an easy thing to evaluate. Tony lets go to the stats please (Tony being my made up statitician that tries to bail me out of my nonsensical writing) Last year this team finished 9th in total offence, Had only 2 games where they scored under 20 points, #4 in passing, #2 receiving, #11 in scoring and yes a dismal 22 in rushing.These are pretty impressive offensive numbers considering the O-line was patchwork all year. Lets not forget we lost Bulger, Bruce and Holt during the regular season. Oh yeah and our offensive coordinator/head coach was essentially fired after getting sick. Not an easy thing to deal with as players.
I could see that we were unbalanced. Steven really did not always get the chance to shine. Usually though when I was watching us lose I was not saying DAMNIT GIVE THE BALL TO STEVEN. Usually it was more like "wow this defence disgust me." Tony roll the stat sheet again please. Lets see the total Defence Rams ranked 30th, Against the pass we were 23rd, the run 28th, not to good. We were dead last on average run against us 4.7......4.7!!!!!!! damn thats alot of yards to give up per rush. Stats dont lie I love them. They show you exactly what needs to get better. While I agree rushing is an area of concern it no where near as big of a concern as the defence is.
So while Jackson is a story and an issue I care about none of it matters if this defence is not better. USA today had an article yesterday, the first big Rams article actually, even had a picture. Guess what?? It was about Jackson. In this age where anybody could look up a stat in seconds online there is no excuse for this. USA Today,ESPN,FOX Sports, and countless others you want a story? Put a big picture of Haslett in your papers. He is the single most important person on this team right now in my opinion. If he could turn this defence around like he has done his whole career this team will be playoff bound. It all falls on the defences shoulders.