2009 NFL season in review: St. Louis Rams
What can we say about a team that went 1-15, worse than that their one win came versus the Detroit Lions so does it even count? This is a team with so much work to do; it boggles the mind on how to get it done. They had the worst offense, the second to worst defense, and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. They desperately need, a franchise QB, and even with the first pick in the 2010 NFL draft there doesn’t seem there is a QB prospect in the bunch worthy of such a high draft pick. Sure they may be headed back to Los Angeles under new ownership, but this team is a train wreck.
Let us start with the offense. It put up only 175 points in 2009, by far the worst of the 2009 NFL season. Led by Marc Bulger, until he hurt is knee and Kyle Boller this team could not get it going on the offense side of the ball especially through the air. Sure, RB Steven Jackson put together a pretty fine season netting just under 1,500 yards. However he looked a lot like Barry Sanders trying is hardest to out run the awfulness that surrounds him.
The defense wasn’t much better, giving up 436 points. That was good enough to be the second worst NFL offense in 2009, and with a -261 point deferential they were once again the worst among the 32 NFL teams in 2009. How bad is the defense? Well a rookie LB, James Laurinaitis led this team in tackles by a whole bunch. He had 102 by himself; the next highest total on the list is 61. That is simply not good enough.
So the Rams have the first pick in the coming draft, a roster that needs to be turned over, and a whole lot of work to do. Now they need a plan. With no franchise QB in the mix for that first pick and a market for a DT Ndamukong Suh this team may not be able to afford they should trade that pick down for more draft picks. They should also try to trade Jackson for additional picks, and begin to rebuild this team. That is the only way this team will get any better.