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Article Credit: Vincent Bonsignore (OC Register)
LOS ANGELES – Leave it to the kid with all of one NFL game under his belt to provide the spot-on analysis of the sorry state of the Rams affairs.
And in an unintentional, roundabout way put the onus right on Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who has overseen this nonsense for five years running and no longer deserves a sixth year to finally get it right.
Enough is enough.
It's not working.
Never has, likely never will.
No matter how many promises Fisher makes to get things fixed week after week after week, come Sunday afternoon it's Groundhog Day, Rams style.
And Jared Goff is on to it.
“Seems like it’s been a story for a while now.” Goff said after another week of self-inflicted Rams wounds.
But then, the rookie quarterback from Cal had a front-row seat to the madness and frustration over the first nine games of the season. Which, when you think about it, makes him an expert on these sorts of things by now.
Of the same old tired mistakes and penalties and excuses and putrid offense and blown games. All of which reared their ugly heads – again – in the Rams’ spirit-numbing 14-10 loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins in which the they essentially gift-wrapped the Dolphins’ two touchdowns over the final five minutes to ruin all the good vibes of Goff's first career start.
As first turns go, Goff played OK while completing 17 of 31 passes for 134 yards. Operating in the Rams’ deliberate, careful, safe offense – OK, OK, overly cautious, boring, and playing-not-to-lose offense – Goff avoided any critical mistakes and helped build the 10-0 lead they carried into the final five minutes.
But it all came crumbling down from that point on.
By ways and means it always seems to fall apart for the Rams.
That Goff was an active participant Sunday rather than the sideline observer he'd been the first nine games only changed his vantage point.
Otherwise, it was the same nonsense it's always been.
This year and the year before that and the year before that and the year before that.
And certainly on Sunday, when the Rams sprung out of the starter's blocks like Usain Bolt and led from beginning to near end. Then, just as they reached for the finish line, their feet got tangled, their bodies began to wobble and thud, they crumbled to the ground in a heap as the Dolphins sprinted right past them for the win.
“We just need to stay out of our own way,” Goff said, trying to make sense of it all.
And doing a pretty darn good job of it, actually.
Get out of their own way indeed.
Might as well get used to it, kid.
As long Fisher is your boss anyway.
That same old story you referenced is sadly and poignantly accurate.
Want your mind blown? The Rams fell to 4-6 for the fourth straight year under Fisher. And the season before that they were 3-6-1 at the 10-game point with him as the coach.
You have to try really, really hard to pull off that kind of dubious feat.
Or be really, really bad.