3 Blind Mice With Nowhere to Run

24 09 2008

by John Ryan

With week 3 now in the books in the NFL, it is a lot easier to flesh out the so-called “haves” and “have-nots.” After 21 days we can come to the not so hard to discern conclusion that Detroit, St. Louis, and Kansas City are the three worst teams in the NFL. Each is bad for different reasons, but all seem to hold a few common similarities. In my humble order, I say Kansas City has the best chance at getting good again the soonest, followed by Detroit, and St. Louis brings up the rear. First, let’s go from worst to first in this unceremonious pecking order to flesh out problems and solutions for these teams.1.) St. Louis Rams – The biggest problem here has no bearing on anything that goes on between end zones. It occurs upstairs in a posh suite with suits, ties, and bad stadium food: The owners box. It is common knowledge that after Georgia Frontiere passed away on January 18, 2008, the ownership group has been in flux. The new majority owner, Dale “Chip” Rosenbloom shares the team with his sister Lucia Rodriguez and they have made no secret to the fact that they want to sell. With this hanging over the franchise, are they going to go after prime free agents, re-sign their own marquee players and make the necessary moves (ie: fire the over matched Scott Linehan) to keep the franchise competitive? Right now, they have Marc Bulger, Steven Jackson, and Torry Holt as their foundation on offense, and Tye Hill, Adam Carriker, and Chris Long as their youth and (?) talent on defense. Fact is, Long is too young and green to make judgments on, Hill looks horrid, and Carriker is also too young. At least they got Alex Barron and Steven Jackson before those guys. The main problem lies in the offense line, defensive line, and defensive backfield. They need a major overhaul, and need 2-3 seasons to do this. By that time, Holt will bolt, and Bulger will be a corpse from all the hits he’ll take. Best advice: start trading the veterans for draft picks and start over. Even if you blow a few picks, you can’t blow them all. Then sign young talent on the free agent market and some serviceable vets so its not a disaster zone there while the youngsters mature. Of the three teams, this situation looks the bleakest for the time being, especially if they have no clear direction from ownership.



2.) Detroit Lions – How do they stink, let me count the ways! Well, at least they finally fired Matt Millen!!! This guy must have had more nude photos of the front office than Isaiah Thomas had in New York! He continued to preside over disaster after disaster. After the 2000-2001 season in which they narrowly missed the playoffs by a FG, owner William Clay Ford, Jr. hired Millen out of the press box where he was doing a great job. Since then, they went 3 years without a road victory, drafted 3 WR’s in the first round and started a myriad of mediocrity at QB: Joey Harrington (drafted by Millen 2nd overall), Jeff Garcia, Jon Kitna, etc. They still haven’t learned to draft players in the trenches to help their POTENTIALLY devastating offense, and they continually let go players and coaches who excel elsewhere which is a bad sign. (See: Jeff Garcia, Mike Martz, and Damien Woody). Now, after getting a classic egg-in-your-face moment last week by former coordinator Martz, (who they deemed too pass happy) they look as lost as every other season since Millen took over. There best record since he took over: 8-8. How did this man remain employed for so long after failing time and time again and inadequetely providing a direction for a franchise that sorely needs one. Step one has been taken care of, firing Millen. Their remaining solution is simple: Draft a young QB, fire Rod Marinelli who is stubborn and stupid (a lethal combo in sports and real life) and start drafting O-linemen and D-linemen who can block someone with a pulse. They really are closer than the Rams, I swear. They do have Roy Williams, Calvin Johnson, Kevin Smith, Ernie Sims, and Gosder Cherilus……
3.) Kansas City Chiefs – At this point, they look to have the most upside, if not the most talent. They also have a good GM in Carl Petersen, a good ownership group, and a competent head coach (Herm Edwards) who you KNOW will always play to win games. Their problem right now is that they are operating under false pretenses (That Brody Croyle is a future starter in the NFL that will enjoy ANY kind of success) and they need to stop trading guys like Jared Allen who are 26 and productive. They do have talent young and old in Larry Johnson, Tony Gonzalez, Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Albert, Glenn Dorsey, Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Donnie Edwards, Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr, DaJuan Morgan, and B.J. Sams is a good returner. The problem, of course is no QB, no offensive lineman other than Albert, and not enough D-linemen.







3 responses

24 09 2008

As of press time, Matt Millen has been fired and the Rams cut ties with Fakhir Brown, their starting corner back. WOW! Good job taking my advice!

24 09 2008
Michael DeLuca

I’ll tell you real quickly why these are the three worst teams in the NFL…they have the three worst offensive lines in the NFL. It amazes me how teams continue to overlook the importance of a good O-Line. This was Millen’s most major flaw, he was enamored with skill position players. No skill position player, Barry Sanders aside, can succeed without good protection up front.

24 09 2008

The line is a huge importance, JAX is suffering big time b/c their line is in shambles. Look at the Eagles the other night, Andrews went out and McNabb was running fore his life.

I agree with DeLuca here….bad O-Line = bad team.

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