If the Los Angeles Rams are hoping to extrapolate some kind of “moral victory” tomorrow in their final game of a disastrous 2016 NFL season, then this team has a damage in its organizational DNA a new coach will have to exorcise on day 1.
Let’s be clear, on the last day of this season, one players and fans alike would just as soon see end, a simple win or an expected loss will do just fine. Save the soulful reflection for a staff meeting behind closed doors.
There is no “good feelz” to year one back in L.A.
There is no “just glad they are back” that numbs the sting of ANOTHER losing season regardless of the time zone or zip code.
Rams fans in Los Angeles can move on, if they haven’t already, to what looks to be a pretty good year of UCLA basketball or the new era dawning with the Lakers and Luke Walton.
As for the game tomorrow, the better talent offensively is on the Arizona Cardinals sideline. The win the Rams managed against them on October 2nd is merely a mirage in the desert. The three game win streak the Arizona road game was a part of was the beginning of what will likely be a 4-12 season.
As for Sunday’s game and as of this morning, the Cardinals are listed by ESPN as having a 72.9% chance of winning tomorrow in the Coliseum.
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Anyone believe they defy such a prediction?
I mean, MAYBE Jared Goff finds some season finale magic.
MAYBE Todd Gurley has that long anticipated “break out” game.
Maybe, just MAYBE the game plan is something significantly less predictable.
The Rams remind why I am such a pragmatist. They ARE who they are. Nothing more, and always delivering much less.
Win or lose, tomorrow’s game will generate only the obligatory shrug of what this team ultimately turned out to be.
Breathtakingly below average.