Thread Killer wrote:That average team was 4-1-1 in our division in their 1st year under Jeff Fisher. And they are and were the youngest team in the NFL. I think it would be foolish to assume that these guys aren't going to be a better team in the 2nd year of his systems as that young talent further develops.
Tavon Austin? I believe he gets 1,000 all purpose yards EASILY. On top of that, he's going to draw so much attention from defenses that others will be freed more to make plays.
Yeah, but you went 3-7 outside the division and posted a near trainwreck point differential in those games. I respect the Rams for getting that tie in SF, but the home wins against the Seahawks and 49ers struck me as both visiting teams playing terrible football that week and fumbling those games away with incredibly clutch mistakes.
WRT Austin, I said receiving yards, not all-purpose yards (1000 all-purpose yards isn't at all impressive, btw). Austin will be worth maybe 3 extra yards per kickoff/punt and he'll get you probably 700-800 yards receiving on a low yards per target (slot/YAC WRs tend to be a lot less efficient, not that it's their fault, but guys like Welker, Cruz, and Nelson who put up huge numbers from the slot are very uncommon). Austin might get you some rushing yards as well, but I expect the Rams to take it pretty easy on that front until they know how well he can handle the risks of running the football in the NFL.
In college he'd have big games one week then quiet ones the next. He's a good player who adds value to your team, but if he's a star right away that would surprise most NFL observers. He's going to be a lot of fun to watch- I think he'll be a really nice player and you won't complain about the pick- just don't expect too much- especially since it's Bradford that's throwing to him.
I think the Rams are quickly reaching a point where it's getting harder and harder to add wins without replacing Bradford. But Bradford is not terrible, and neither are the Rams, which means he's probably going to be there a long time. Which is a recipe for years of mediocre seasons.
Perhaps you meant to post receiving yards regarding Austin, but you didn't. Anyway, my guess is that Austin cracks 1,000 yards with a combination receiving and rushing. Yes, from what I've read they plan to use him in the backfield some. Special teams will surely seal the deal. An extra 3 yards average per return? That would be great. Especially, if this average included a few big returns that helped shorten the field which rarely happened for that team.
The 3-7 record non-divisional games included an opening day road loss in Detroit on a game winning drive with seconds on the clock and a 3 point road loss to the Dolphins where the kicker missed 3 FGs. The 35 point loss in New England overseas greatly skews the overall point differential.
Home wins vs. the Seahawks and 49ers because of poor efforts by the visitors? Ok. But, with the away games being so close perhaps the Rams helped force those so-called poor efforts.
Sam Bradford gets a bad rap for a kid that has had so much going against him since he's entered the league. I think he's looked pretty good given his circumstances. But, then again I can't think of any other successful QB that has had 3 different offenses during his first 3 seasons while playing behind horrible OLines (on a bum wheel his sophomore season), very little talent surrounding them, and 2-3 years of gawd awful defenses. And you know what? I don't believe that you or anyone else can either.
Some call it excuses, but circumstances matter.
IMO, if Wilson and Kaepernick were to switch places with Bradford and not have:
- an above average to good OLine,
- top rated defenses keeping their teams in games,
- stud RBs averaging 4.7 & 5.0 yards per carry keeping defenders honest (Note: While a big name, Jackson only averaged 4.0 with Bradford)
- legitimate pro bowl caliber targets WRs like Crabtree, Davis, Rice, etc..(Note: Rams best WR and Bradford's go to guy Amendola was a slot guy who thanks to injuries only started 9 of the last 32 games. And his next best WR is now in Miami competing for the #3 role)
..then my guess is that they wouldn't look as good to the masses either.