In the wake of the Rams move back to Los Angeles, since moving over two decades ago, it seems that something got lost on the fans. While it won’t be fun to hear, the news has to be broken: the Rams aren’t actually very good, despite their potential.
I know, it’s very sad. Nothing would be better than for the Rams to return to their actual home and immediately be Super Bowl contenders and to win double digit games, however, that is not the case. The Rams haven’t had a winning season since 2003 and haven’t made the playoffs since 2004.
Considering that two of the best teams in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, share the NFC West with the Rams, the playoff drought figures to continue. But, if first overall pick Jared Goff is as good as advertised, Todd Gurley takes another step towards superstardom and the defense can play like it has the past few seasons, perhaps the team can break that 8-8 glass ceiling. But, that’s a lot of “ifs” and none of those are things are guaranteed.
Until the regular season starts and we can get a taste of what this iteration of the team looks likes, media outlets will have to judge the team based on past results and therefore, the first power rankings of the season aren’t very kind to the Rams. Lets take a look at where the team stands.
ESPN Power Ranking: Rams ranking, No. 26
Reasons: ESPN made sure to clown Jared Goff’s lack of knowledge about what direction that sun sets in from “Hard Knocks” but was also quick to comment on the likelihood that he can improve on the Rams combined quarterback rating of 35.6 QBR from last season.
The Seahawks and Cardinals were first and second respectively for ESPN.
Bleacher Report Power Ranking: Rams ranking, No. 29
Reasons: B/R downplayed Jared Goff’s struggles in his first preseason game, considering it was his first freakin NFL appearance and all. However, what they were more concerned about was the fact that it appears that both head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead are in line for contract extensions. Despite the fact that the two have gone 27-36-1 in their four seasons together.
The Cardinals took the top spot for B/R
Sports Illustrated Power Ranking: Rams ranking, No. 27
Reasons: SI wondered if opposing fans outnumbering the Rams faithful would be a recurring theme this season as when the Dallas Cowboys came into town, their fans cheers were just as loud as the Rams. With many fans of different teams occupying the streets of LA due to the two decade absence of a home team, the Rams may have to wait a little bit until they have a true home field advantage.
The Carolina Panthers were tops for SI.
Average Rams Ranking: 27.3
The opinions of the Rams from around the country aren’t looking very bullish and based on the past you can’t really blame these outlets. However, all the pieces are there for the team to prove the league wrong, and it’s now on them to bring it all together and make it happen.
The Rams next preseason game is on Saturday at 6 PM PST against the Kansas City Chiefs.