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    I'm sorry, but those of you who have begun posting about the merits of "next season" have disheartened me. Really, who are you? We have fifteen weeks of football left to play, and you'd best be damn sure that win, lose or worse, I'll be hoping for the best for my team.

    It was far from a promising start.

    No pass blocking.
    No run blocking.
    No Leonard Little and Orlando Pace went down hard.
    No effort players.

    You've heard it all before.

    On top of that, every first day pick from 2000-2004 is no longer with the team. Alston, Byrd, Wroten. Gone Gone Gone. Hill- still showing little development. Leonard- Looks like a luxury. Klop- Will be lucky to see much of the field.

    Bad drafting equates to poor on-field success. There's no two ways about that.

    But "next season"? come on! Tell me you don't bleed blue and gold. Tell me you didn't love every minute of the 1999 season. Tell me you didn't just jump upon the bandwagon for the good times.

    You more than have the right to criticize. Be critical of anything you want. But to simply bypass the merits and demerits of an entire season in anticipation of greener pastures is absurdity. I guarantee you, without withstanding this season, without drawing and learning all we can from this season, next season will inevitably promulgate a return to the drawing board. again. The time is nigh to learn from what we've done wrong today. To correct what we can and struggle on with what we can't...until we can.

    All the optimism has vanished. What it breeds is an atmosphere of losing. Players don't want to play for a losing franchise with no legitmiate backing behind them. The fans, after all, are willing to cast them aside after one game. Yes, there's a lack of effort. But we're not beyond hope. We're one game into the season. What point there is labeling yourself a "fan" of a franchise when you're willing simply to overlook the potential for success...for learning- for betterment THIS season?

    There are fifteen games to go, and it is my opinion that we will win all fifteen of um (toot toot et al). And if we lose, it will be the next fourteen. Down to one. Because this dedication impels the opportunity to learn. To have the capacity to look forward to next week in light of the myriad of possibilities for success.

    I most certainly do.
    Last edited by Bar-bq; -09-08-2008, 03:54 AM.

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    Re: Next Season

    Thank god for fans like you Bar B Q. I would have repped you for this but it said I had to spread the love some more.

    Its ONE GAME everybody. Yes, it was one absolutely horrific game. But one game does not a whole season make. This team will improve. There is no way in hell this is the best we play all year. Some people make it seem like this game just spelled out the entire season for us.

    Philly is a very good team, especially with Westbrooke and McNabb healthy. We weren't ready for them. But maybe this is what we needed. Maybe this loss will light a fire under our guys butts. Im hoping they turn this ship around or die trying.

    I may be making excuses here but nobody should be suprised our offense came out to a slow start. We are in the process of learning the most complex playbook in the NFL. Only in the last week or 2 did we hear about how Bulger is finally starting to get the hang of it. "Starting to get the hang of it" and mastering it are two entirely different things. It might take us a while before we are really clicking, like when we switched to Linehan's offense during his first year as HC.

    Not to mention Jackson probably still has some rust, rookies are still rookies, guys are getting hurt or coming off injuries, etc etc etc.

    We could go 0 - 16. Nobody knows for sure. But giving up all hope after one stinkin game is not the attitude to have. Keep the faith my brothers. I can only imagine that everybody will be working a lot harder from here on out so they dont get embarassed like that again, and hopefully with hard work will come success.

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      Re: Next Season

      I wonder if the Seahawks fans are looking to next season. They were beaten just as badly by a WORSE team and they're supposed to be Superbowl contenders.

      I watched the whole game and i was sickened by it. I can only hope the team use this as motivation to take out the Giants.

      I haven't given up on the season and i won't EVER. Next Sunday i will have forgotten about the game and will be expecting to see the Rams beat the Giants, if i don't believe that then what would be the point in watching?

      I am a Rams supporter, and by definition, will always support the rams no matter what.

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      • viper
        Alas..the sky is falling once again
        by viper
        It never ceases to amaze me, how quickly my fellow Ram's fans will turn on thier team, their players and their coach. The clouds of "doom and gloom" lye low above the legion once again. Again the naysayers have their day, to lay their spew upon the feet of the horns.

        Ohhhh no, we've lost to the lowly dirty birds, Ohhh no, we've lost 6 out of the last 7 games, Ohh no, our captain has spoke out to the media about a few of his undisciplined guardians, possibly upsetting a few teammates, Oh no, our coach won't take responsibility and demand accountability from his youthful squires on the front lines, let alone the team as a whole.

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      • RamsFanSam
        Where do we go from here?
        by RamsFanSam
        Hello, fellow Rams fans and others. I've got a few minutes between drinking the first pot of coffee and taking out my two dogs, so I thought I'd post a few thoughts on here to ask "what next?".

        In my home, the Rams aren't just a football team. They are a way of life. When an eight year old girl would rather watch the Rams play a game they will probably lose instead of Hannah Montana, then a father knows he is raising a child right.

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      • RamsFanSam
        OK, convince me!
        by RamsFanSam
        I have read plenty of posts from people saying fans shouldn't look at the bright side of last night's defeat, that instead we should all don sackcloth and ashes, and mourn the death of the 2008 season for our Rams.

        Convince me why I should!

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      • sonnyjames
        Now that the dust has settled...
        by sonnyjames
        That was a game I expect the players will wake up to this morning and think: "We should have won that". Rewind a year and the players would have woken up after being soundly beaten at Seattle, thinking "It's gonna be another hard season".

        That's the change in mindset that I expect to characterise our season. Sure, we'll have some bad days at the office where some of the best sides just turn it on but I'm expecting a lot more games like we saw yesterday over the course of the next 16 weeks. And (like yesterday) while we won't come down on the right side of the result on every occassion, I think we're going to start to see a team which believes it can and will compete. There's a huge difference between waking up thinking "damn, we should have won" and waking up thinking "damn, we got tanned out there". And not just for the players but for the fans too (which will hopefully translate into better attendances and support in the EJD this season).

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      • djones39
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        Like most of you, I can n o longer talk to my buddies, or coworkers, or girlfriend. My days have been ruined, and my heart has been battered.

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        On Sept 8, if someone, punk, woman, man , animal, whoever, would have said,

        "The Rams, suck, and I'll bet you that they'll be 0-5"

        Not only would I have laughed histerrically, I would have bet my life, I mean literally, my life.

        This is just killing me, how far we are, away fromwhat i expected/ believed. It sucks when you expect to win and dont, my life has been consumed with confusion.

        Someone please chear me up,

        Because If the above scenario would have actually happened, I would truly be a dead man. I just can't swallow this 0-5 start.

        Everyday it feels like i'm living a nightmare.


        Thanks
        -10-11-2007, 08:59 AM
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