Posted on: October 13, 2008 10:08 am

It was almost not...

Well Rams fans here we are on the Monday following another Sunday of football for the Blue and Gold.  And this time, we get to celebrate!

I will have to admit right off the bat that we did not play as exceptionally as our team of the 99 season, but, we managed to get a win and overcome some bad decisions and poor mistakes early to get our first win for the team, the new head coach and of course, the fans who always stick by and "Believe". 
Bulger is back at the helm and Coach Haslett has seemingly sent a message to the team that his reign has started and started well.  He brought the team from the depths and for a moment brought a ray of sunshine to a team with a very dismal start.  Holt contributed and Jackson was running in a more determined fashion than all season.  We've suffered another injury to Pace and that worries me.  This is our anchor and the links of the chain are wearing thin. 
Our defense has rebounded and shown it can make a difference and be playmakers.  Fumbles are fumbles even if we don't recover them.  They put a question mark in the minds of the players who had the ball and diminish their confidence just enough sometimes.  Incognito's shouting match with the official will need to be addressed, regardless of what was said or why.  Don't make a foolish mistake that late in the game with the win on the line because of emotions.
I do wonder if the ball that was recovered by the Skins o-lineman which was subsequently knocked out and returned for a TD really made the difference.  Our game play up to that point, while not stellar, was setting a tone of our guys not being self-defeatists, but trying hard to rally around a change in authority and making Coach Hasletts debut a good one.  It will be a question for this week until Wednesday or Thursday if it lasts that long, but our next big task is taking on a Cowboys team that let one get away and after seeing the way the Skins looked past us, don't bet on Romo and the gang to do the same.
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Posted on: October 4, 2008 10:07 am

It's happened

Well Rams fans, we saw this coming.
Linehan is out and Haslett is in.  I think some of the media people may have been right when they said that win or lose Scott was gone, especially going into the bye week without even being in contention in the first three games and having a disturbingly dismal pre-season.
I realize that our lines are banged up and not playing to their full potential.  I also realize that our "star" running back sat out for the opening of camp through what, the third week of preseason?  Player cuts and injuries further undermined the then head coach.
BUT, and there's always a but, what have the great head coaches of the past done when these things have happened?  They've rallied their team together with whatever motivation they've needed and at least been competitive.
I know that we aren't going to the Super Bowl every year, or even to the playoffs.  I remember the 80's and the demoralized feeling each year that ended with us below 500.  The heart breaking disappointment of beating the Eagles in Philly, flying back to LA (our home then), flying BACK to NJ to face a good Giants team and win the wild card in OT, then having to face the Whiners to go to the Bowl, only to be turned away and having Coach Robinson lament that he should have had the pilot circle the airport for three hours.  We at least were contenders!
Now we have Interim Coach Haslett, who during his 5 years with the Saints. went 45-51 with a .469 avg.  He did have 2 playoff games, 1-1. (Beat the Rams then lost to the Vikes.
Can he rally a mentally defeated crew into some type of rebound and get them on the right track of contending in games, if not winning one or two? 
I think that Hasletts first priority has to be to get the veterans to back him in the locker room and get some control and coordination into the team.  Our motto this year was "Believe". in what?  The former HC? Nope.  Each other?  Doesn't look good.  Our fans?  Well, we're the only ones still buying tickets, yelling at the televisions and living week to week with the hope that the win column will have something other than a goose egg in it.
Coach, I don't envy you a bit.  Sort of like the next person to take over after GWB gets out.  Coming into someone elses mess to clean up.
Good luck and let's get some wins and teamwork together!
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Posted on: September 27, 2008 4:04 pm

RamsFanNY's blogging bout the Rams

After out 0-3 start, the powers that be have determined its time to make some changes. 
The first and most interesting is the QB change taking out Marc Bulger and inserting a one-time starter turned pre-season sideliner, Trent Green.  Will we see what might have been when he went out and the improbable Kurt Warner stepped in?  It's been a few years and time takes a toll on QBs unless they have names like Favre or Montana.
I read that Steve Jackson is being plagued with a groin injury and may not be 100% even though he is starting.  Our offensive line is very offensive and may give Brian Leonard a bigger payload.  The receivers are in for a long day if we fall behind as we have the first three games.
Stopping the Bills "high powered" offense this week will be up to a defense that has shifted and replaced players.  Mr. Brown has been cut and is being replaced with rookie Jason CraftTye Hill has regained his starter position and looks to make good use of it.  Our two biggest goals to strive for this week: stop the run and slow the pass.  Can it be done or will it be 0-4 and the departure of Scott Linehan?
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