When I started TSTOS in early 2007, the St. Louis Rams had just signed wide receiver Drew Bennett and I was convinced they were going to feature a super team. Bennett was a tall receiver that I felt had the tools to complement Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. The Rams began the 2006 season with a pretty good record before faltering and finishing the season 8-8, missing the playoffs. The silver lining was that quarterback Marc Bulger had the best year of his career and was handed a nice, little contract in reward for it.
I hyped those bastards up.
The Rams went 3-13.
They followed up by going 2-14 in 2008 and in 2009? 1-15. They let Bulger go, and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford put together a rookie of the year worthy season in 2010 with the team barely missing the playoffs in a pitiful division, once again sparking my hopes for 2011, when they went 2-14. 2012-2015 was full-on mediocrity brought to you by Jeff Fisher. There would be times you’d think, “Man, this team is full of grinders!” but then you’d become annoyed (as a fan) when you understand that Fisher was always more about winning a game 9-7 than blowing a team out.
This team, this year? Surpassed all my expectations for this team, and I’m blown away.
Yes, I’m writing this after a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, when the Rams fell 24-7.
But I’m still blown away by how good this team is, and the Vikings are a damn good team themselves, if you’ve been paying attention.
Eleven weeks into the season, the Rams are 7-3 and sitting in first place in the NFC West. I would have never in a million years predicted that. I expected Sean McVay to be a positive for Jared Goff, but I never imagined they would have the highest scoring offense in the NFL at one point this season.
We already knew the Rams’ defense was fantastic.
But that offense? Holy shit.
I haven’t watched a competent Rams offense since at least 2006!
It’s good to be a Rams fan right now, but they have two huge tests coming up: the Saints this weekend and those damn, league-best Eagles next weekend.