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Zach McCrite Having a Bad Day

Discussion in 'RAMS - NFL TALK' started by -X-, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. -X- I'm the dude, man.

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    The "win is a win" crowd has a blind spot

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    Got some random musings at the bottom that may interest you, but to get things started today, let me rail on something that gets on my nerves.

    To the people that say “a win is a win in the NFL,” gee, thanks for that update. I certainly couldn’t tell from the number that mysteriously changed from “3” to “4” in the win column in the NFL standings. Thanks for clearing that up.

    Here’s what I don’t understand: I had fans and media members crushing my stance that I actually thought there was—brace yourself—progress in the Rams tie against the San Francisco 49ers three weeks ago (blasphemy, I know). Meanwhile, others criticized the team’s inability to close a game against a Super Bowl contender on their home field late in the game. Fair enough. I didn’t think my stance or their stance was wrong, but fair enough.

    But then, when I criticize the Rams for coming out last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and basically put in a crappy gameplan to start the game, that view gets criticized again by a loud faction of fans and media.

    “A win is a win,” they’ll say. Or, the better (and more condescending) response I’ll get is “the Rams don’t have to apologize to anyone for a win in the National Football League.” (By the way, news flash, you can just use the acronym… it’s N-F-L. Thanks.)

    Did they not notice that it was the same defensive gameplan that enabled the “almighty” Mark Sanchez to go 15-for-20 passing and empowered the lowly New York Jets to walk out of the Edward Jones Dome with a win the week prior? I’ll digress on this portion of my frustration.

    But, here’s where you lose me. If you are one of the people that lambasted me a couple of Sundays ago for actually thinking the Rams showed progress in a tie against the 49ers, then riddle me this: does your complete opinion on that Rams-Niners game change if there’s not a delay-of-game penalty in overtime and Greg Zuerlein and they win?

    Oh, it would?

    Oh, that’s right, because like you’ve told me ad nauseum after the win over the Cardinals this past week that “no one has to apologize for a win in the NFL,” right?

    So, what you’re saying is that a made field goal that was a second too late in San Francisco completely changes your entire opinion on a game? Wow, that’s shallow.

    I feel like I said this last week: nothing is black and white. So, forgive me if I—God forbid—look a little deeper and offer some criticism in wins and some praise in losses. It’s just a little deeper than Ws and Ls, at least for me.

    The good news is that the Rams coaching staff figured out, before it was too late, that it’s okay to enforce a little pressure on a rookie quarterback and jam their receivers at the line of scrimmage in the process. My criticism—yes, I know it was a win—lied in how long it took for the Rams’ coaching staff to come to that realization.

    A couple of other things:

    - One of these days, and I think this day is coming soon, all of the Bradford backers are going to have to suspend the “he lacks the weapons to succeed” argument. I’ll give it the rest of the year to see if my theory holds (maybe it won’t), but Chris Givens, Danny Amendola, Steven Jackson, Daryl Richardson looks like a nice little stable of weapons that some quarterbacks in this league would take over their own. Just saying.

    - Who cares if Jamaal Charles asked Peyton Manning for an autograph after the game? I’m not a fan of the Chiefs (thank goodness), but if I were, so long as Charles put in a good day’s work on the football field, have at it. Charles on Sunday: 23 carries, 107 yards. Go get your autograph.

    - I’m still waiting for someone to send me a link to a credible website that has Jeff Fisher in the hunt for another job in football. I’m still stunned people actually wasted time on that.
     
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