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Looking at how to improve the offense in the draft.

Discussion in 'RAMS - NFL TALK' started by JdashSTL, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. JdashSTL Well-Known Member

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    First off, I wanna say that this doesnt mean I gave up on the season and am looking forward to the draft. I enjoy looking ahead and talking about the draft anytime.

    Im not gonna talk about our draft slots and which specific players we have a shot at because that will still change.

    Right now, we know we should add more to the OL, and we should definitely be looking at another WR. I think we have to add at least 2 RBs. One of them built to be an every-down back, and the other can be a speedy 3rd down guy. Im not basing this off of our poor effort to run the ball yesterday I look at our entire season and believe that when you have issues with the OL, problems at WR, the best way to help cover them up is by running the ball. Thats what teams like the Bears and Broncos have done. Im not saying we have to become a run-first team because McD changes his gameplan every week and he wants to attack the defenses weakness. Im suggesting that we load up improving the run game via the draft and FA signings. I wouldnt mind seeing us go into games saying "this is our strength, try and stop it." Our offense still lacks a consistent identity. This season, SJ has been our identity when hes healthy and running hard. Last year, it was the dink and dunk offense.

    We have a few pieces in place. We have shown that we can control the LOS in the run game at times this season, and we have SJ. I think we should add to that. I know SJ is a workhorse back and he needs plenty of touches and can get better as the game rolls along. I wanna see games where he could be stopped but his backups come in and the running game doesnt miss a beat. Are there gonna be times where the running game does get stopped? Yes, but I think the longer we can protect the OL and Bradford the better they can get. Thats what the Bears have had to do with their offense ever since they got Cutler. I look at offenses like the Raiders and Texans and want to be like that. Our passing game has not picked up on what McD wants to do and Bradford has struggled. I know theres a ton of reasons for that, and im still hoping things improve so the offense can end the season on a high note. I also know that this is not what McD has done in the past and it would be a change for him.

    Could this happen? Would it work? Thoughts?
     
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  2. bluecoconuts Well-Known Member

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    I think Matt Kailil, and then a big DT or CB or S in the second and third round.
     
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  3. JdashSTL Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. I think we will be ok at S. We have to get another CB or 2 just because we need add healthy bodies at that position.
     
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  4. DR RAM Rams Lifer

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    We need protection first, then we need weapons on offense.

    There are not nearly enough play-makers on this team. If all the receivers were healthy (hard to see what we have), but we do need a speedy one. A speedy running back, can't believe I am still asking for this, is a GIGANTIC need and has to be addressed. Tight end is a big need, Hoomanawanui and Kendricks, I like them both, but they have struggled with injuries. Bajema isn't a viable option as a catching or blocking tight end, never has been.

    We need a DT and a LB on defense. We need some healthy corners. We need one more Safety, C. Dahl and J. Butler need to find new homes, we have to improve there.

    I think the offensive line, coach included, will be mostly new next year. I think that there will only be two opening day starters on the line (Saffold and Dahl), as there are now (Bell and Dahl).
     
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  5. Angry Ram aka Captain RAmerica aka the OG Rammer

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    Not that it's a bad idea - it's a damn good idea - but lately w/ McDaniels, it wouldn't matter if the 1st 4 rounds went WR, RB, OL, RB. McDaniels doesn't seem to adjusting or utilizing other players other than Lloyd.

    I said this somewhere else, but if Matt Kalil is the best thing since Joe Thomas...then yeah take him. Gotta protect Sam.

    @ this point the best way is to try and sign Reggie Wayne in FA, draft Kalil and then whoever the best CB is in round dos.

    God I freakin hate talkin about early draft picks again.
     
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  6. JdashSTL Well-Known Member

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    Lots of needs on offense, and thats one of the main reasons why I suggested that we should dedicate more to improving the running game and it can allow us to cover up other issues that may take longer to fix (like the entire OL).
     
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  7. Warner4Prez Mɥɐʇ┴ɥǝHǝll¿

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    I hate to admit that the J-Smooth experiment is likely over, but it's probably done. At least at the Tackle spot. I think they could bump the guy over to Guard and he could shine, but I don't see that happening.

    Is O-line the way to go? I think it has to be. There's a pretty big investment under center that needs to be accounted for. Truly though, our #1 CB suffered a broken neck and #2 suffered a second torn knee; then there's the largely untested #3 CB who spent his entire second year on IR. I could justify going OL, CB, CB, OL in no particular order the first four rounds of the draft no problem.

    Hopefully the powers that be will entice some team to move up for the likes of Matt Barkley or Landry Jones (should those guys come out). So much to do and so few picks.
     
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  8. JdashSTL Well-Known Member

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    Im still very interested in seeing how Marquis Johnson and Josh Gordy finish the season. That could make me feel a little better about not having to pick a CB early. As far as the injuries go, im most concerned about Bartell's. Im confident in Fletch bouncing back just fine, he did it before, and quicker than expected. Our secondary could also be helped by adding a young talented DT to improve the pass rush, and Quinn should be starting next year.
     
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