October 17, 2012Owensville High School
St. Louis football fans have been disappointed with their professional team since Kurt Warner left in 2003. Kurt Warner had led St. Louis to two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl win. The Rams moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles in 1994. Since that move, they have had only four winning seasons. This 2012-2013 Rams team is looking like a team of old.
Before the season, the Rams signed well-known head coach Jeff Fisher to lead this team to somewhere it has not been in eight years. Fisher used to be the coach of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans before retiring. The Rams coaxed him out of retirement to lead a young, struggling franchise that has not had much to say since letting Kurt Warner walk. Jeff Fisher knows how to win football games; in 2000 he lead his Tennessee Titans to a Super Bowl, only to lose against the Rams by one yard. Although Fisher never won a championship, he knows what it takes to make it there.
In the 2010, the Rams used the first overall pick to take highly regarded quarterback out of Oklahoma, Sam Bradford. Bradford has all of the tools to make it big in the National Football League. Bradford was able to make it to the National Championship game in 2008, only to lose to Tim Tebow and his Florida Gators. Bradford is a pocket passer who has never had a good offensive line or good receivers to throw to in his two years as an NFL quarterback. If St. Louis could just find him a receiver who could stay healthy and catch the ball, he could possibly be a league MVP.
Since the Rams drafted a running back out of Oregon State by the name of Steven Jackson, St. Louis has done nothing but give to ball to him a watch him run into his offensive line and fall down for a loss of two yards. This has to stop; Jackson is a power back, and he should be plow through his offensive line and defenses secondaries. There is a problem to that, though. Jackson thinks he is a back that is quick, a back that can juke and cut his way around defenses. Jackson is six foot two inches tall, and 240 pounds. This man is a giant among men, except he does not show it. Sure, he is the Rams all-time leader in rushing yards, but that does not mean he can carry a team.
Six weeks into this 2012-2013 NFL season, the Rams are tied for 3rd place in the NFC West. They have tripled their win total from last season with three. Even if they do not end up making the playoffs, this team has shown football fans across the nation that St. Louis can compete. Sure, they have tough couple of weeks later in the season against the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots. If they can win one of these games, they should be able to take one of the NFC Wild Card spots and make the playoffs. If Fisher, Bradford, and Jackson can figure it all out and put their minds together, they just might make something special happen in St. Louis.