No one in their right mind anticipated that the St. Louis Rams would be an offensive juggernaut this season. Most did expect however, that quarterback Sam Bradford would take a step forward in his development and that running back Steven Jackson would find the end zone by the start of week 4. Unfortunately to this point, neither of those things has materialized.
That is perhaps the best place to start with a Rams offensive discussion. The most unbelievable statistic to this point is the fact that their stable of running backs (most notably Jackson) has yet to score a touchdown. Many figured that Jeff Fisher’s imprint on this team would be with the running game where he always had success during his tenure with the Tennessee Titans. To this point, the Rams have yet to have a 100-yard rusher in a game with rookie Daryl Richardson coming the closest with an 83 yard effort week 2 against the Washington Redskins.
With Bradford and his progression, the lack of any true go-to targets is a big concern. Even though all of the club’s touchdowns to date have come via the air, only one player has hauled in two TD catches in Brandon Gibson. The fact that second round draft pick Brian Quick was inactive last week really doesn’t speak well for the team providing Bradford with more capable targets in the near future. His struggles will likely continue until he is provided with better protection up front and more options in the passing game.
Even though a game like the one against the Chicago Bears this past weekend where the offense only moves the chains a dozen times and gains just 160 total yards is demoralizing, the Rams have to continue pushing forward. They have the ability to open it up offensively as evidenced by their 452 total yards the week before against the Redskins. The coaching staff needs to preach the fact that this is just a bump in the road and the team must move on immediately with two divisional games lurking up ahead.
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