Kevin Demoff gets it wrong when he said the Los Angeles Rams aren’t a “rebuild.”
But Demoff has never been a guy to let the truth get in the way of a self-serving narrative. Especially one he is trying to sell to an already skeptical fan base.
To his credit, he isn’t wrong when he says the Rams have talent on this team. As they move forward towards 2017, and more importantly, as they search for a successor to Jeff Fisher, there’s upside to the franchise that is attractive. They have a very good defense with a bonafide star in Aaron Donald, and punter Johnny Hekker is the best in the league at his position.
They also have a running back that has more upside than not in Todd Gurley.
But offensively, they have no identity, no run game, and are stark at the receiver position.
Add to the above that hey may have, and I stress, “may have” a starting quarterback in Jared Goff.
However, what this team is absolutely devoid of is leadership both on and off the field.
While Kevin Demoff may have a different view on whether the Rams are in a rebuild or not, he’d have a difficult time defending the state of the organization as anything other than dysfunctional. A look at the last five weeks of the season uncovered how deep that dysfunction goes.
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Los Angeles suffered targeted leaks that had Demoff, GM Les Snead, and Jeff Fisher playing defense. It’s also hard to ignore the accusations from inside the locker room that some players had prematurely cashed in on the season.
Kevin Demoff himself even tried to rationalize the mounting losses by his head coach who was represented by his father.
Now he wants to sell that he’s a piece or two away on offense to change this team’s trajectory. He offers this assessment with no head coach, a General Manager who may OR may not be part of the mix, and a number #1 draft pick who is the starter designate in 2017 at the most critical position in professional football, quarterback.
That quarterback is also 0-7.
The Los Angeles Rams are in pieces as an organization. Demoff may believe he is best served to offer a more positive narrative, but the record in not just this season, but going back to the last four in St. Louis shows an organization who just doesn’t get it.
Yet, he’s tasked to fix it.
Fans can make their own assessment as to the state of this team. But I’d guess it doesn’t dovetail with the same line that the Rams COO is peddling.
Which in and of itself speaks to the relative delusion this organization continues to operate under.
It also doesn’t bode well for 2017.