Only 13 players on the roster who were signed before the start of the 2014 season are still playing! We did, however, sign one player, Jared Cook from the Cowboys practice squad who will likely see the field in 2015. He is a 3rd round draft pick by the Titans as a guard out of Boise State.
If you are interested, you can find the rosters on http://www.mlive.com/sports-sport/football/mlive-football-network/2014/07/17/2013NFL-Roster-2015.html as http://www.mlive.com/sports-sport/football/mlive-football-network/2014/07/17/2013NFL-Roster-2015.html .
In the other half, all we have to go on is the comments. Here are a few things I would ask the owners from the Rams before we start working on this: 1. Are you guys still running full offense today? Because I am not, and it is hurting the team at times. If it is a running game, the running back will often get lost. If it is more of a pass offense, that means running your own player will be a lot easier to defend. 2. I also am not sure that we will get very much return on our investment if we play it by the book. You can buy the coaches money and put him in a head coaching job, but they will not be able to coach a lot of plays and they will usually throw stuff out there but it will not be the same offense you play. What is the point of signing off on anything if you can fix it fast because you already are? 3. I hope if the front office is being honest with us now, they will have some more clarity on what is necessary in our game. I know that there are a lot of people that think we should go up and run a few times and not only make them win, we will make them beat us out. But at the same time, you can’t just throw that away and not try to get it right tomorrow. There is no other way, but we have to fix where we can and learn from a year ago.
Anybody have any thoughts on this idea? I think we should wait until after training camp or the preseason to make a move. We have our own game plan. We need more power running games and our offensive line and wide receivers to play with enough confidence to take a shot. This season we did neither of those things and the offense has suffered for it. I am happy to have my guys back, but you cannot keep running the same system you have used in recent years. I have written a lot about passing the ball and the importance of using your strengths without letting them get away. We should make a move on this or we are going to have another year of trying to fix it. I also think the Rams should do the right thing with the practice squad players by keeping them away from the public eye until after training camp and preseason. My other suggestion would be to let these guys play, they deserve to compete. How much of a benefit is it to our team if we do this?
I would like to thank Bob McNair at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for his insights and for digging up some of the information I am mentioning here. Robert Quinn here, Robert Jones there. Thanks for reading my blog about Rams Football. Have a good Thursday!