It still feels like a mirage. The Rams are 6-2, with a great opportunity to tack on another win against Houston at home this Sunday. We’re in first place in the NFC West, and barring a complete meltdown, in zero danger of 7-9 bullshit.
As we head into the toughest part of our schedule with games against division leaders Minnesota, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, and a road game against the defending division champs, a funny thing has happened: the Los Angeles Rams are behaving like a professional football team.
For such a young team, it would be easy to let emotions run wild and get carried away with power rankings, comparisons to the Greatest Show on Turf, and Peter King proclamations. It’s further testament to Sean McVay’s total and complete culture shift that this team is saying all the right things:
“We haven’t done anything yet.”
“Every season you see teams start fast and finish poorly.”
“One game at a time.”
Even though this team hasn’t been here before, they’re ACTING like they have, and I don’t think all the credit goes to the Rams PR department for spoon-feeding them sound bites – their mindset remains focused, contrite, and humble. It’s remarkably refreshing.
Maybe it’s a good thing that attendance at home games has been so poor. Maybe the loss at home against the Seahawks has played a part in centering this team – they’ve still got a lot to prove, and a lot to earn from a notoriously fickle fan base.
Can you imagine Kenny Britt keeping his trap shut at 6-2? Do you think Ray Ray Armstrong would be capable of resisting taunting the Texans on Twitter? Hell, even Wild Bill Hayes would be conjuring up images of dinosaurs and mermaids and equating them to the Rams hot start. Jeff Fisher himself would have cheeks lit up like Christmas, shocked at actually achieving a half season worth of success.
No. As I have underscored time and time again. This team is different. We may not prove Peter King right, and we may flame out down the stretch and realize that we still have much to learn. And we may even get to 11 or 12 wins or earn a postseason bye. But no matter what happens, we’re going to remain humble, focused and run a pro show for years to come – we needed a sea change in the worst way, and lo and behold we got one. This is a new era of Rams football. Hopefully, when all is said and done, Rams fans far and wide won’t have to be as humble as this (inconceivable, but very real) evolving powerhouse and can proudly hang a few from the rafters.