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Wrong Rams people are making changes
By Bryan Burwell
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Friday, Sep. 26 2008
As I cast my envious eyes towards Motown where the early stages of a palace
coup within the Detroit Lions organization is ongoing, I keep wondering:
When, oh, when will it happen here?
This is not piling on. This is pure public service. I have been covering sports
for more than 30 years, and I can honestly say that I have never been around an
operation like the Rams. It's well past time to tear this thing up and start
all over again, but the ax still hasn't fallen. So I guess the best way to help
move that objective along is by a constant and loud drumbeat for change.
The change I'm talking about isn't the superficial band aids that keep
happening around here, as they try and patch up the gaping wound that has bled
all the life out of this mortally wounded franchise.
Quarterbacks and cornerbacks, defensive ends and tackles. These are what we now
euphemistically call More Lipstick, More Pigs (and that's only because we can't
call it %*@!, and #@*!! in a family newspaper).
The changes are the desperate acts of a desperate man and a dysfunctional
organization that fail to do anything for the true overall benefit of the
The real change at Rams Park should mimic what is happening in Detroit, where
the Lions were so pitiful under Matt Millen's direction (31-84). Millen was
finally fired two days ago as the Lions' president and CEO after being roundly
criticized over the last decade for having no direction, no purpose, too many
bad coaching hires, disastrous drafting history and no other significant
accomplishment other than banding the entire region together in a mutual
loathing of his unsuccessful act.
Well guess what organization has an equally pathetic draft record and has won
only four more games over the past five seasons than Millen's sorry, no-account
That would be your sorry, no-account St. Louis Rams.
So Millen is out of a job finally for wrecking the Lions, but Jay Zygmunt is
still gainfully employed as the primary interior decorator with the Rams?
So how does that work?
Last we checked, Zygmunt is still listed as president and general manager of
football operations, still overseeing this long-standing monument to failure
with a résumé pockmarked with mistakes just as glaring as anything Millen
manufactured. Yet somehow in a league that rarely tolerates failure for any
length of time, Zygmunt is still standing after all these years. And now he has
risen to the top of the food chain, while people below him continue to turn
this 0-3 season into a joke and the foreseeable future of this franchise into
Am I repeating myself? Yeah, I guess I am. But I'm going to keep on saying it
until the proper people get my not-so-subtle hints. So this is what we need to
The Rams are really bad.
Between 1990 and 1998, the Rams lost 99 games, the worst in the NFL during that
stretch. In the 1990s, this team lost 102 games, the second worst record behind
the Cincinnati Bengals during that same stretch of time. In fact, the Rams were
the worst franchise of the decade until the fourth game of the miracle '99
season when they won their first four games and the Bengals lost their first
four. From 2002 through today, the Rams have lost another 59 games. So if you
throw out the fluke three-year stretch from 1999 through 2001, the true
personality of this organization is the other 16 seasons starting with 1990,
which had only one winning season (12-4 in '03).
Since that last winning season, the Rams are a dismal 25-42, the fourth worst
in pro football behind only Oakland (16-51), Detroit (21-46) and Cleveland
So what in the world are we waiting on?
The Rams are at a very critical and delicate stage as a franchise, and I wonder
if owner Chip Rosenbloom realizes it. Everyone knows that Zygmunt and his
handpicked head coach Scott Linehan are living on borrowed time. But in the
meantime, they continue to run the place, and that puts them in the dangerous
position to continue to make moves that could wreck this franchise beyond easy
Even if some of the moves that Linehan makes in a futile attempt to save his
job actually make sense, I worry that they could also be ground cover to
obscure some that make no sense at all. What is the true motivation for
replacing the veteran quarterback who we all know you never liked with the
older, fragile one? How do you explain replacing the decent cornerback who was
never a favorite of yours or Zygmunt's with a guy who you just got off the
My greatest fear is that before Linehan and Zygmunt are kicked out the door,
they could actually perpetrate more oddly puzzling acts of lunacy that will
make anything we've already seen pale in comparison. The wrong people are
making changes, and I fear for all the wrong reasons.
How much more preposterous can this get? Like Nixon in his final days, should
everyone on the Zygmunt-Linehan administration's enemy list beware?
What's next, trading Torry Holt?
Nahhh, that could never happen.
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Re: Wrong Rams people are making changes
Thank you! That's exactly what I've been trying to say, only I think he worded it better. Just replacing Linehan is NOT enough to save this sorry franchise. I absolutely hope that Chip sells the team, I have seen no indication that he is capable of leading an NFL franchise, or even that he wants to. Sell the franchise, clean house, that's the hope we have.
Re: Wrong Rams people are making changes
Does anyone know if Chip is paying attention to the team? Does he care? Will he make difficult decisions to improve the team?[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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