Originally posted by GNielsen:
Thanks for the post, RedAlice. It's going to be a very interesting season. I confess that I don't really understand the Rams strategy. The Niners have lately had better success against high scoring, pass-oriented offenses than they have against big, physical running offenses. But, the Rams have gone the pass-oriented route. Their new TE is really not there to block - he's a straight line down the seam pass catching TE. Long is a question mark. They seem to have gotten bigger and younger on the offensive line and I'm just itching to see whether or not they can protect Bradford who isn't what I'd call quick or elusive in the backfield. It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I have a feeling the Niner defense is going to be a flat-out sack machine this year. I'm pretty sure the Cards have no way of protecting Palmer and like I say, Bradford's protection will be a big question mark. One thing I'm pretty sure about - when the Niners play the Rams this year, the Rams aren't going to be able to have the benefit of a head-case Niner kicker tanking on 30 yard field goals over and over.
I don't think the plan was to go pass and not running. Fisher is historically a run-heavy offense. I view it more as a long-term plan for the team and fixing what was presented as easiest to fix first on a team where everything is a problem. SJax out, WR suck...can't fix everything in one season. Worked on solving the WR issue before the run, and going w what we have on RB. Looks like there is a bigger weakness here than maybe was anticipated back in April....Pead did not become as expected and is an issue. Stacy has also not been what might've been expected. Benny might be our RB2 a few games in. He's already on ST for KR, and I will not be surprised if he is the back-up to DR in game 1.
I think they needed to find out if B can perform w WRs he has never had. Otherwise, he needs to go.
Unlike many here, I don't think the Rams are building the team just for what works against the Niners. :-)
[ Edited by RedAlice on Sep 5, 2013 at 1:11 AM ]