Yes, it’s the preseason. No, nobody cares whether a team wins or loses, ultimately, but let’s face the truth: as a Rams fan, I’ll take a win whenever I can get it. For most of Saturday night’s game, I legitimately thought we’d get our first win of the preseason, only to have it cruelly snatched away.
So, what did I learn? I learned that Alec Ogletree can be a beast in the NFL. Yes, he’s still not a great tackler of NFL-caliber players, but he’s a playmaker, and we need those on defense if we’re going to hang with the “class of the NFL,” the 49ers and Seahawks.
Side note: I love how our division finally has come out of the 7-9 playoff Seahawks team “Worst in the NFL” doldrums, but really? No mention of how the Rams had the best in-division record last year, going undefeated? Come on, ESPN/Yahoo/CBS/Your mom!
I learned that the Rams can compete against the best teams on the road, something we’ve been lacking lately. Even though it was a preseason game, the Rams held the Broncos off the scoreboard, in Jeff Fisher’s trademark “give up a ton of first downs, yards, completions and let them do whatever they want, as long as they don’t score” system, which some “professionals” call “bend but don’t break.” I like to call it “Get A Damn Stop on Third Down, Damnit!” It’s more cathartic that way.
I also learned that we may still be too reliant on Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein. Yes, he’s amazing. Yes, he’s got crazy range. Yes, he is almost as automatic as Allen Craig with RISP and 2 outs. Almost. Time and again last year I saw Fisher trot out the field goal unit on tries that were almost ludicrous, rather than having Johnny Hekker (who had a pretty amazing rookie season as well, mind you) pin the opponent deep. We can’t kick a 60-yard field goal every time, guys! That’s like hitting the lottery on a $300 winner and then second-mortgaging your house to buy ALL THE TICKETS.
Lastly, I learned that no matter what, through a 1-15 season or 2-14 or 13-3 and the Super Bowl, my professional football life is still tied up in these lovable Rams. Also, I’m allowed to hate Danny Amendola now, which makes me very, very happy.
Let’s go Rams, Thursday against the Ravens in St. Louis, and please, for the love of Christ, win the game!