We all know that Sam Bradford is done and that Kellen Clemens will be the man taking the snaps in St. Louis for the time being.
Unless Clemens finds a way to drastically improve his accuracy quickly, the St. Louis Rams will have an inconsistent passing offense. While he made some nice passes and showed the ability to extend plays, Clemens really did little to disprove the doubters, throwing two interceptions and completing less than 50 percent of his passes against the Seattle Seahawks‘ ferocious defense.
The heartbreaking last drive was one of his best of the day until a poor play call cemented things. Was the loss on Clemens hands? No, it really wasn’t, but he didn’t do a whole lot to help the teams chances by committing three costly turnovers.
St. Louis should know what they have in Clemens. Zac Stacy will be shouldering the load as long as he stays healthy, with Daryl Richardson serving the backup role that fits him well. The Rams are going to lean on their running game to control the ball much like like they did against Seattle. They controlled the ball for 38 minutes by using Stacy’s powerful run style to slowly move the chains.
Since they won’t be able to rely on Clemens to provide consistent QB play, the Rams will have to take what they can get. This is where aptly nicknamed Greg ‘The Leg’ Zuerlein can step in to produce points from anywhere within his range.
Just because he missed one field goal last week (his first of the year) doesn’t mean that Jeff Fisher has lost any faith in Zuerlein. He has still connected on 14 of 15 field goal attempts on the year. After hitting a 60-yard kick last year, he expects to make anything in that range, and it is definitely a realistic goal for the young kicker.
He has proven in a short amount of time that he deserves the nickname. Zuerlein has the right attitude to be a successful kicker in the NFL. He believes in himself, as do the players and coaching staff in St. Louis. I look for Zuerlein to start racking up field goal opportunities and points for the Rams starting this week. He will have plenty of chances to continue proving that he is one of the most talented young kickers in the league.