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Sports Medley: Why
the Rams lose 7 Nov 16
by Tony Medley
Without much question
the best teams in the NFL today include Dallas, New England, and
Oakland. Why? The answer is clear, but not many people know it,
certainly not the Ramsí fans and sportswriters who chant for rookie
Jared Goff to be inserted as quarterback. The Cowboys, Patriots, and
Raiders have the best offensive lines in the NFL. The Ramsí on field
problem isnít at quarterback. Itís their offensive line.
While the Rams were
trading their future to get a rookie quarterback in the draft during the
last offseason, Oakland was spending a lot of money getting the best
players it could find for its offensive line. Look at the two teams.
Oakland just beat Super Bowl champion Denver and is leading its
division. The Rams couldnít manage to score even one point against the
49ers, the worst team in the NFC.
The Rams have an
adequate, if not great, quarterback in Case Keenun and a better than
average running back in Todd Gurley. What they donít have is blockers.
The only running backs Iíve ever seen who could run without blockers
were Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders, and Gurley isnít one of those. No
quarterback, be he Johnny Unitas or Peyton Manning, can be successful
behind a weak offensive line.
As long as the Rams
are run by the people who made the trade for Goff, decisions will
continue to be made by people who donít have a clue about what makes a
football team win, so what the fans and sportswriters should be chanting
for is cleaning out the front office, not ďwe want Goff!Ē
This guy was an
Itís hard to believe that Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson was an
offensive coordinator before becoming head coach of the Eagles. He made
incomprehensible decisions in Sundayís loss to the Giants, twice going
for it by running on fourth down instead of kicking easy field goals.
His play calling cost the Eagles the game, and not just because he
disdained the field goals, although that was bad enough. His choice of
plays both times, line plunges behind a weak offensive line, was
foolish. Then when the Eagles had a shot with four downs inside the red
zone to win in the final minute, the Giants blitzed 8 rushers on three
consecutive downs and he had no answer for it. The Eagles werenít
outplayed as much as they were outcoached.
ruling on penalties:
In the second half of a 0-0 tie, LSU had 2nd and 5 on the Alabama 37
when four penalties were called on the same play, three unsportsmanlike
conduct penalties against Alabama and one unsportsmanlike conduct
penalty against LSU. The referees ruled that they offset and the down
was replayed, which makes no sense at all. Maybe one penalty by one team
should offset one penalty by another team, but when one team commits
three infractions and the other only one, the one committing multiple
infractions should be penalized. A further change should be that a major
infraction should not be offset by a minor infraction.
I call my sugar
Carolina Quarterback Cam Newton has been crying crocodile tears about
being hit so much. He might have more credibility if in the waning
moments of last yearís Super Bowl, he hadnít turned tail and run away to
hide instead of diving to recover his fumble to keep Carolinaís chance
of winning alive, allowing Denver to recover and seal the victory.
Instead of taking responsibility, in the postgame interview he acted
like a spoiled brat and stormed off the podium in a funk. Now heís angry
again and mouthing off that people have the gall to hit him, and often,
without penalty. They must not know that heís a star and, in his mindís
eye, untouchable. But thatís how prima donnas think. You donít hear
Aaron Rodgers or Ben Roethlisberger or Eli Manning crying because they
get hit a lot.
Just because someone
is a coach doesnít mean he knows anything about the game:
ďI didnít know a game could end in a tie,Ē said Jay Gruden, Coach of the
Washington Redskins. I have two questions for owner Daniel Snyder:
How could you
retain a coach who doesnít know the basic rules of the game?
How could you
retain a coach who is so clueless that he not only broadcasts his
ignorance to the world, but he does it voluntarily without anyone
bringing it up? Itís as if he said, ďHey, you want to know how dumb
I am? Listen to thisÖ!Ē