It’s tough to give up on any NFL season as a fan, but it’s even more difficult to do so as a fan of a team that’s been on a roll yet has no hopes of reaching the postseason. Such is the plight of those pulling for the St. Louis Rams this season, who entered the year with lofty expectations and stumbled coming out of the gates to say the least.
Despite their rocky beginning to the 2013 campaign, the Rams have righted the ship of late with some impressive near-misses along with a complete domination of a team considered a serious contender prior to the bye week. But even though they have been hot recently and shown plenty of fight, should fans actually be cheering against their team down the stretch?
Obviously fans with a vision toward the future should given the fact that the 2014 NFL Draft will be the final installment with the franchise holding two first round draft picks courtesy of the Robert Griffin III trade with the Washington Redskins. And with RG3’s squad boasting a disappointing 3-7 record they appear destined to gift the Rams with a pretty decent selection come May.
Though 4-6 is far from an awful record for the Rams at their bye it’s not going to earn them a spot in the playoffs, either. It’s actually highly unlikely St. Louis even gets out of the NFC West basement this season with all three other teams holding records above .500 currently.
Thankfully (or not depending on your perspective) the Rams may not have to try very hard to drop games in their final half dozen contests this season. The team has a difficult stretch facing each team in their division (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals) on the road while hosting the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s easy to argue the Rams should be sizable underdogs in all of these games aside from the Tampa tilt, but even the Bucs are on the rise as winners of their last two following an 0-8 start.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position with Sam Bradford’s torn ACL and his massive cap number the next two seasons, perhaps the Rams should dabble in a loaded QB draft class to find a true solution under center. Giving up on Bradford may seem harsh at this point, but his regression or stagnation over the past few seasons has been a troubling trend. If this team truly wants to be a contender it might be time to turn the page to a new face in the huddle.
What would greatly aid this quest to both fill substantial needs in the secondary as well as fix the QB position would be two lofty draft selections in the spring. And with a losing streak to close out the year the Rams could have the perfect recipe for being a worst to first squad in 2014.