Rams offense off to a rocky start under McDaniels
It wasn’t supposed to be this off for Josh McDaniels.
He took over the offense of the St. Louis Rams and inherited a quarterback in Sam Bradford who shined at times during his rookie season. But here the Rams are, coming out of their bye weekend 0-4, and struggling immensely on offense. St. Louis is averaging 11.5 points per game and the Rams rank 27th in the NFL in offense.
They’re not scoring and they’re not moving the football.
“I've been in seasons where it hasn't gone the way that you wanted it to go in one stretch or another," McDaniels said, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "And this is really one of those (stretches). I think this is where your mental toughness, and the longevity of the season comes in.
"The focus has gotta always be on playing our best in November and December," McDaniels said. "And if we can get to that point where we're doing that, you never know. So we've got to continue to push and fight.
"You can't try to fix any and everything that you may want to in two days. But we tried to focus on a few things, and I think we got some good work done."
Per Thomas, the Rams are on pace to allow 76 sacks. That’s a stunning figure for a team that has invested high draft picks in offensive tackles recently. It’s clear nothing is running smoothly right now and a lack of talent at wide receiver is a real issue as it was a year ago. Throw in some ill-timed injuries, and the Rams have a mess on their hands.
Jason Smith was the second pick in the 2009 draft and he’s already been benched at one point this season. The team has investments that are not performing.
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