Looking ahead to the Rams’ personnel needs for this year, I have one primary question: is there a playmaker in the house? For all of the progress made in 2012, the Rams are unlikely to make the playoffs in 2013 unless they can reach the end zone more often, and do it at a faster pace. The Rams scored 27 touchdowns on offense last season, which ranked 27th among the 32 teams, and that doesn’t tell the entire story. Too many of their touchdown drives required a full tank of gas or Global Positioning System (GPS) guidance. Teams of dogs have won the Iditarod in less time than it takes Sam Bradford and the boys to complete their incredible journey for seven points. The Rams’ attack crawled in 2012, with an average of 8.58 plays per scoring drive. Only four NFL offenses needed more plays, on average, to put points on the board. When you have no choice but to put together scoring drives that last longer than a Taylor Swift romance, many things can go wrong including penalties, dropped passes, overthrows, missed blocks, stuffed running plays, sacks. The modern NFL is a fast-paced, big-play league, so it would help if the Rams got rid of the leather helmets. In 2012, NFL teams combined for 927 pass plays that gained 25 yards or more, the second-highest total since the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978. And the 2011 season ranks No. 1 on that list with 950 passes of 25-plus yards. Notice the trend?
Rams in dire need of game breaker
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Feb 25