>After a disappointing head coaching run from former Super Bowl Champion Steve Spagnuolo (10-38 record with Rams, 0 postseason appearances), the Rams have ended the 2011 campaign with a mouth watering second overall pick.
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It may be early, but it looks like the Indianapolis Colts will take Andrew Luck from Stanford with the first overall pick. After seeing what happened in Green Bay (Brett Favre –> Aaron Rodgers), why wouldn’t the Colts want Luck? (also watchout for Tom Brady –> Ryan Mallet)
Assuming Luck goes one, the second pick seems obvious…Robert Griffin III. After seeing Cam Newton’s NFL production (Rookie record for Passing Yards, Record for Rushing TDs by QB), a similar type player, Robert Griffin’s draft stock is high.
It would be a waste for the Rams to take a QB with the second overall pick. That leaves them the option of OL Matt Kalil, RB Trent Richardson or WR Justin Blackmon. All three may be a reach at two, but the Rams desperately need an end zone seeking playmaker, a lineman, a outside linebacker, and an interior defensive lineman. Their secondary might need work, but it would be fair to give guys a chance. The return of Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher should help along with the progression of Josh Gordy and Darian Stewart. After all, the Rams were 7th in the NFL in pass yards allowed per game (most yards coming against Justin Kings assignment).
How can we address all these issues quickly? There has got to be a team out there who wants Griffin. I would look to make a deal with a team like the Denver Broncos. Griffin fits into their offensive system, and improves it with his passing ability. Throw in RB Steven Jackson, get an OLB and two draft picks, first and second round, and all of the sudden you have potential for a football team.
With RBs Trent Richardson (Alabama), Lamar Miller (Miami), and David Wilson, (Virginia Tech), all declaring for the Draft, that leaves LaMichael James (see Darren Sproles), Oregon, low on the list of RBs. Select James in the second round, and take Doug Martin out of Boise State for short yardage situations. To address the issue at WR, I feel the Rams can take WR Jeff Fuller out of Texas A&M late (or sign undrafted). Fuller has size and excels in his route running and does something unfamiliar to Rams fans: catches the football.
The Rams could take an OL or OLB with a first or second round pick. With a rejuvenated offense, new offensive coordinator (Mike Martz is looking for a job), and a young QB who has shown his potential, the Rams can be productive. WRs Danny Amendola (assuming he re-signs), Danario Alexander, Greg Salas, Brandon Gibson, and “iron hands” Lance Kendricks are promising (see video below). They could also sign a free agent (Lloyd likely to leave with McDaniels) to bolster the unit.
The quickest way the Rams can improve would be to hire Jon Gruden or Jeff Fisher as head coach. Both have been to a Super Bowl (Gruden won with Buccaneers in 2002), and are highly respected football minds. I hope we can at least hire someone with head coaching experience, as hiring coordinators has not worked (Scott Linehan went 11-25 and Spagnuolo went 10-38 record) Combined 21-63, .250 winning percentage with 0 postseason appearances.
This draft will be a huge test for this franchise, and put accountability directly on the new GM/Head Coach. If you brought in either Fisher or Gruden, and were able to hire Eric Decosta from Baltimore, who has been there since the franchise started, you have a ring and a proven pedigree for winning at each position. It is time for a makeover of this whole franchise, that has been nothing short of disgraceful for the last 5 years.