Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Putting It Kindly, Rams Look a Lot like 6-10 Team

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Putting It Kindly, Rams Look a Lot like 6-10 Team

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"I believe based on what I've seen on a limited scope that we have enough talent to have the playoffs be a realistic goal - if we . . . prepare, play hard, play as a team."

- Rams coach Rich Brooks on May 6.

The long and treacherous road of the preseason has pretty much reduced the speed of that Rams' playoff bandwagon to a steaming, hissing, sputtering crawl.

The Rams, closing the exhibition schedule on Friday night in San Diego, came out of this trial run with an unmistakable, 6-10 junkyard-bound look. Smile. That prediction may seem ugly on newspaper, but remember the Rams were 4-12 last season. Ten losses would constitute progress.

We are not being negative here, just realistic. Merciful, even. If we lower the expectations, perhaps the Rams can turn their first St. Louis season into a surprise party. The PSLs can double as wild-card invitations.

Don't count on it.

The Rams up and moved to St. Louis, but the only thing likely to change in the standings is the name of the city that taxes them. This franchise may be ours, but the Rams did not leave their problems in Orange County. Trouble has followed them.

Some of us, not satisfied with a return to the National Football League, had to go and ruin everything by pausing to inspect the quality of the cargo from LA.

In 1994, the Rams labored to grind out yards in the running game and were doomed by a tumbledown, ramshackle offensive line. The Rams fretted over the health of fragile quarterbacks. They got close to the end zone, but didn't score enough touchdowns. They clearly needed more team speed. And they deployed a promising, potentially vicious defense.

Doesn't that describe the essence of the '95 Rams? Really, what has changed besides the new systems put in on offense and defense? What has been accomplished this preseason? Not much. The No. 1 summer-school assignment was obvious: The Rams needed to open some holes and recharge running back Jerome Bettis. …

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