When the Los Angeles Rams opened the 2016 campaign by heading north up the California coast, optimism was palpable. With their top pick, the top overall selection in the draft not even dressed, fans got their first taste of dysfunction wearing St. Louis Rams colors.
It was only the beginning.
Fast forward to week 16 on the NFL schedule, and the shutout in San Francisco comes full circle when the 49ers visit the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a titanic battle of two teams on disappointing tracks.
Most interesting for the 49ers is that week one was probably as good as they would get. For the Rams, they are right back where they started from.
Indeed, irony wears both L.A. and San Francisco colors come Sunday.
For the Rams, the crash back to earth after a 3-1 start is now only smoldering. Since their win in Glendale October 2nd against the Cardinals, they’ve gone 1-9, to include two blowout losses against the Saints on the road and the Falcons at home. Toss in a quarterback change, a would be “star” running back who’s been everything but, and the firing of the head coach, and you’ve got the recipe for how NOT to run an NFL team.
As for San Francisco, there are some parallels to their coastal brothers.
Both coaches have been under fire, with Fisher now gone, and Chip on life support.
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Their quarterback situations are somewhat similar in that both teams made a change during the season with the same results; losses.
Both offensive units have been awful and are at the bottom of NFL rankings.
Of late BOTH defenses have struggled. Though it should be noted that in Los Angeles, they carried that team for the better part of the season.
Also, the two organizations are unsettled at the General Manager position, with betting money on both Trent Baalke and and Les Snead likely out of jobs come seasons end.
And lastly, and most notable by their records, they are both two bad football teams.
Whatever intrigue a viewer may find in Sunday’s game, it’ll be lost on most local viewers. For markets like San Francisco and Los Angeles that is saying something that should bother the NFL.
As for Rams and 49ers fans?
At least Bay Area fans have the Warriors, and Los Angeles has, well, Los Angeles. Which means they both have something else to do and somewhere else to spend their money.
That more than anything should worry the York’s, Stan Kroenke, AND the NFL.