St Louis Rams Super Bowl 50 Odds Analysis
2014 Season in Review
The GoodThere wasn’t a whole lot of ‘good’ for the Rams last season, but there was a bit-and it all starts with the team’s spectacular defensive line. Defensive end Robert Quinn and defensive tackle Aaron Donald both made the 2015 Pro Bowl to give St. Louis its best portion of good news in all of 2014. Quinn racked up 10.5 sacks last season while Donald got nine sacks while routinely stuffing opposing rushers all season. The Rams also got some good news after losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford (again) and watching third-string signal-caller Austin Davis far exceed everyone’s expectations – before tapering off a bit late in the season. The third-year pro from Southern Miss threw for 2,001 yards in 10 games and completed an impressive 63.4 percent of his passes with a dozen touchdown passes and nine interceptions. Last but not least, there was good news in the fact that this team didn’t – and never has – ever quit on head coach Jeff Fisher – and that’s saying something if you ask me.
The BadIn spite of owning arguably the league’s best defensive line in the NFL today, St. Louis was just mediocre on defense in 2014, finishing in the middle third in every significant offensive category including total offense (28th) and scoring (20.2 ppg, 21st).
The UglyIn spite of Austin Davis’ breakout campaign, the Rams’ offense was absolutely ugly at times last season. Fisher’s team finished 28th in total offense while ranking in the bottom third in every other significant offensive statistical category.
Let’s take a look at the Rams’ statistics from this past season.Offense
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Offensive LineThe Rams need help along the offensive line and at tackle to be specific. Veteran right tackle, Joe Barksdale is going to test the free agent waters and may not return for the 2015 regular season, Center Scott Wells is aging quickly and looks more like a backup than a starter these days, leaving the possibility that only veterans, Greg Robinson and Rodger scaffold return.
Wide ReceiverI like veteran wide receiver Kenny Britt and I must say that he played really well late in the regular season. But Britt, who led the Rams with 748 receiving yards last season, has never caught more than the career-high 48 balls he nabbed last season or totaled more than the 775 yards he racked up in 201 as a member of the Tennessee Titans. The bottom line is that guys like Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens aren’t going to cut it and St. Louis needs a No.1 wide receiver in the worst way.
LinebackerI’m fairly certain that no Rams linebacker made a tackle all season long. All jokes aside, St. Louis could use an upgrade at linebacker almost as much as the upgrades they need along the offensive line and at the wide receiver positions.
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