The Los Angeles Rams are in Seattle for a game against a team they’ve had a lot of success against. As a matter of fact, under more “normal” circumstances, the Rams might even be a pretty good bet. But these aren’t “normal” circumstances, and the Rams aren’t likely a “good bet.”
On what is already a short week, the Rams are now in the sudden post-Fisher era. And as the team rifles through whatever dramatics the firing may have brought, the challenge now is playing football. It’s also playing football against the Seattle Seahawks. A tall order regardless of the circumstances.
Ultimately, the question is this: can Los Angeles beat the Seahawks?
For reasons that somehow defy logic, Los Angeles has provided a needed level of kryptonite in games against the Seahawks. It’s the chess counter move of a great run defense against a bad run offense. And while that might work well enough for a lot of “offensively challenged” teams, the Rams are beyond “offensively challenged.”
Los Angeles is just bad in every facet on offense.
Add a rookie quarterback to the mix who may have taken a step or two backwards, and a running game with a faint pulse, and winning may be just out of reach.
I do think it will be closer than some may think.
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The Rams have been embarrassed three weeks in a row. Todd Gurley all but called out his team for a lack of effort. As to whether or not this team “quit” may be a matter of perspective, but if the effort on the field made some think that a possibility, expect their game tonight to reflect that a rumor they’d like to put behind them.
For some Rams players, tonight may be something personal. This team has appeared to be in a nosedive, and they need to level this out. Winning can make a lot of things better, but they also need to show us something.
Jeff Fisher needs to be as a wake-up call. A reminder that nothing is a given. Fisher was the very definition of a players coach, and that may have cost ‘their guy’ a job.
In Seattle, they get a shot at something of a reset. The timing, given only three games left in the season, may be a tough sell. But in a year remarkably unproductive, and underwhelming, simply playing good football and being competitive would be a smart change. The fans deserve at least that.
They’d also say Fisher deserved as much.
Maybe now they get that.