Monday, August 3, 2009

DW '09 Season Preview: St. Louis Rams

Last Year: 2-14
Key Additions: HC Steve Spagnuolo, OT Jason Smith, C Jason Brown, LB James Laurinaitis
Key Losses: Orlando Pace, Torry Holt

Offense: The Rams brought in longtime Eagles QB coach Pat Shurmur to run his version of the West Coast offense. Stephen Jackson will continue to shoulder the load and second year receiver Donnie Avery will replace Torry Holt as the # 1 receiver. Second overall pick Jason Smith will replace Orlando Pace as the bookend tackle. Kyle Boller was brought in to push Marc Bulger, but Boller has proven in the past to a pretty bad QB. Bulger must improve on his 22 TD's and 28 Int's over the last 2 seasons.

Defense: Steve Spagnoulo will bring the defensive scheme that he learned under Jim Johnson and implemented with the Giants to the St Louis Rams. One minor difference could be the personnel. Second round pick James Laurinaitis will look to start at MLB, allowing Will Witherspoon to move outside. Former first round pick Adam Carriker will start on defensive line. Howie's kid Chris looks to have a big second season at DE. This Unit will struggle due to years of bad drafting but they are headed in the right direction with Spags.

Fantasy Studs: Stephen Jackson: 253 car, 1042 yards, 7 Td's in '08. Donnie Avery: 53 rec, 674 yards, 3 Td's. He could be a sleeper moving to the Rams # 1 WR spot.

Prediction: 6-10. If the new offensice line can protect Bulger and open lanes for Jackson, this team could surprise but the fact is that they are young and will be lucky to win 6..


  1. They stink. I think Spags will have them turned in around in a couple years, though. Bringing him in was their best offseason move, in my opinion.

  2. Bulger is adequate at best. How hard is it to succeed with Torry Holt in his prime? Isacc Bruce capable of putting up 1000 yds as the 2 and a checkdown to Marshall Faulk and/or Stephen Jackson while Orlando Pace gives you all day to do it?

    Thats why it pisses me off when people are all over Kurt Warners bird. The guy has played with more HOF skill position guys than anybody. The guy is a robotic quarterback who happens to be able to have Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin catch his passes. His one year in New York, he was awful. Fumbling on every snap because he didn't have a HOF'r to bail him out.

    Got a little off subject here. Yeah, the Rams are going to stink