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Rams to celebrate 15th anniversary of the GSOT
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For the rest of my life I'll never forget what happened in that Saints playoff game when he muffed that punt. I truly believe we complete the comeback and win that game if he doesn't. I doubt they would have won the super bowl that year but who knows with that offense. Too bad the defense that year was so bad.
I've often said that if the Rams got to the SB they would have beaten the Ravens. Here's why I say that.
First the only way they slow down Faulk is to have Lewis shadow him, thereby erasing the best defensive player they have. He become a non factor.
Second the Ravens secondary was not really that good. There is no way they could have covered the receivers and Warner would have hurt them because of his courage and toughness and that lighting fast release. He would have stood in and delivered the ball enough times that they would have had some big plays and scored some points.
The year before, the Ravens defense was essentially the exact same group and Warner burned them, in his FIRST game. Imagine the 2000 Rams O.......they would have hung right around 40 on that team.
Rams to Celebrate ‘Greatest Show’ 15th Anniversary
By Zoe Wolkowitz
The St. Louis Rams are embracing a vital part of team history, with the announcement they’re celebrating the 15th anniversary of the “Greatest Show on Turf” throughout the 2014 season. The era’s Mike Martz-led, attack-oriented offense, impacted the NFL forever.
“If you stack up the talent we had and the consistency we put together for those three seasons, you can definitely make the argument that it was the best offense ever just because of the time period”, former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner recently told The Fast Lane. “It was when we did it and how we did it that we ushered in a new era of pro-football.”
Martz’s aggressive style wasn’t primitive, but primal.
“Mike was crazy back then. He was Mad-Mike. He always wanted to throw the ball 30-40 times a game, it was unheard of,” former Rams running back Marshall Faulk said in a recent 101ESPN interview.
The Greatest Show offense advocated mixing aerial and ground attacks, a kind of backyard football game that stifled defenses.
“The way we were throwing the ball all over the field, we were considered crazy! I can literally still hear the commentators in my head right now, ‘What are the Rams doing? They look crazy!’” former wide receiver Torry Holt told The Fast Lane in a recent interview.
St. Louis’ 1999 team was the only offense in NFL history to score 500 points, consecutively for three years. The Rams won 12 games over the course of the season by 16 points or more.
“Coach Martz was very creative, very innovative, and he believed in us all the time,” says Holt.”It didn’t matter what anyone else was doing in the NFL at the time or what the defense was going to try and do. All that we liked to do was throw the ball and throw it to someone with a lot of gas.”
Martz always said “play fast and be aggressive.” That offensive mentality started during “The Greatest Show on Turf” continues to inform and define the NFL.
“I think we changed the game. We raised the bar, we raised the standard, and we changed what the passing game should look like,” said Faulk.
Martz’s former players say he has yet to receive credit for the innovating offense he introduced.
“I wish Mike could get his due with how he shaped and changed the NFL and people could just stop pretending that what they are watching Peyton Manning do, Aaron Rogers do, Tom Brady do, is the first time they saw this,” said Warner.
In recognition of the Rams’ glory days, the team will wear blue and yellow throwback jerseys as they host the 49ers on October 13, and the team will recognize members of the 1999 squad at halftime.
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