St. Louis Rams 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – The Greatest Show on Turf is certainly dead. The 2009 St. Louis Rams were a disgrace to the NFL, as they really couldn’t get anything going either offensively or defensively and were largely overmatched every single week. Expectations weren’t very high last year, and they aren’t all that high this year either. Still, HC Steve Spagnuolo is going to have to get his act together at some point, or he’ll be yet another in the long line of coaches on miserable teams that ultimately find themselves out of work.

Key Addition – QB Sam Bradford – No offense to RB Steven Jackson, but this franchise really needed a fresh new face again. The city of St. Louis really didn’t have anyone to identify with and grow with, and Bradford can be that guy. The University of Oklahoma will sorely miss Bradford, who led the team to one of the top offenses in the land and threw for over 5,000 yards in his Heisman Trophy campaign of 2008. No, he won’t work miracles in the Gateway to the West right away, but just as Matt Stafford has no pressure on him in Detroit, Bradford can grow with this team and the city can stand right behind him in doing so.

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Key Loss – QB Marc Bulger – Simply put, Bulger had to go! He was one of the better quarterbacks that this franchise had ever known, but that doesn’t mean he was really capable of leading this team anywhere near the playoffs once again. There’s a reason that Spagnuolo basically put him out of his misery last season and tossed the quarterbacking job around.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – Bradford takes some baby steps in the right direction. Not leaps and bounds, but just a few steps. No one thinks the Rams are winning more than 4-5 games all season long, so all eyes will be on Bradford to see how he progresses. The top pick in this year’s NFL Draft will probably throw at least 20 picks, but if he has some moments of brilliance and proves he can be amazing, St. Louis fans should be ecstatic.

The Crucial Game – Any game that is a potential winner for the Rams is important, but that opening game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals is one that should be circled. St. Louis has the potential to win that game, particularly with the Cards going a new direction now that QB Kurt Warner has retired. A victory is paramount to get off on the right foot in the Rams 2010 season opener.

Predictions – This is still going to be a very long year for the Rams. Bradford will take his lumps and the team will lose plenty of games. Finishing with more than one win away from the Edward Jones Dome would be a triumph. Without a doubt, the Rams should ultimately score more than their league worst 10.9 PPG from a year ago, and if that happens, perhaps they will get up to the benchmark of respectability. They are nowhere near making an impact as their very long Super Bowl odds have them at +15,000.

2010 St. Louis Rams Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. ARI
9/19 @ OAK
9/26 vs. WAS
10/3 vs. SEA
10/10 @ DET
10/17 vs. SD
10/24 @ TB
10/31 vs. CAR
Bye
11/14 @ SF
11/21 vs. ATL
11/28 @ DEN
12/5 @ ARI
12/12 @ NO
12/19 vs. KC
12/26 vs. SF
1/2 @ SEA

 

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