Rams go quietly into the L.A. night and lose finale 44-6

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Jared Goff QB, Los Angeles Rams
Jan 1, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) and outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) in the first quarter during a NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

At one point Sunday afternoon, and with a score of 30-6, I suddenly realized that with a quick glance of the game clock, that five minutes were still left in the third quarter. It was the third quarter. The THIRD QUARTER! And like another blow to my better football conscience, I realized the Los Angeles Rams would steal another 20 minutes or so from my life.

That to me is SO Rams.
Rams Football 2016+1 day.

Already into the new year, Los Angeles managed to take a day from me in 2017.

That’s SO Rams.

The Arizona Cardinals laid the wood to Los Angeles, beating them soundly, as so many have, 44-6 in front of a mixed bag of reaction in an intimate setting at the L.A. Coliseum. Carson Palmer, a Coliseum alum went 20-38 for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns. His counterpart, rookie Jared Goff had his typical garden variety performance of 13-20 for 120 yards.

That’s SO GOFF and SO RAMS.

Credit Goff for his ability to take a beating. The former #1 pick was under relentless pressure all afternoon by an aggressive Cardinals defense. Goff would mercifully be replaced late in the game by quarterback Sean Mannion.

Nothing changed.


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Game 16 resembled what fans had seen since the brief win streak that ended, ironically, a week after that first Arizona game. The Rams showed no imagination or creativity on offense. Under Rob Boras and quarterbacks Case Keenum and then Jared Goff, L.A. had become a “one-trick pony”, hoping, praying that a run game might materialize with Todd Gurley.

It didn’t. Therefore, neither did an offense.

And so it went.

To little surprise, Jared Goff looked like Jared Goff. You can argue and debate about whether the glass is half empty or half full, whether he progressed or regressed. What you CAN’T say is his abbreviated season in a poorly conceived offensive game plan showed what kind of starting quarterback he can be in the National Football League.

Think for a moment; we know as little about him now as we did at the beginning of his tenure against the Miami Dolphins.

Another thing we know is that he can take a beating and get back up. Hardly a resume builder, but in Los Angeles you’ll take what you can get.

So here we sit, waiting for the next shoe to drop.

Who is the next coach? Is there a change at the GM position? Can Goff be developed?

Los Angeles wanted the Rams, and Stan Kroenke has brought them here. It’ll mean little if they are the version that cycled over and over again in St. Louis.

At 4-12, the Rams are a bonafide dumpster fire. Not just on the field, but upstairs too.

Something fans in St. Louis know all to well.

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