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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: Tavon Austin #11 (C) of the Los Angeles Rams runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Tavon Austin #11 (C) of the Los Angeles Rams runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) Photo courtesy of inquisitr.com

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS – 2016 BY THE NUMBERS

 

Final Record: 4-12, third place in the NFC West

* Lost last seven games and ten of their last eleven after a 3-1 start

* Sported a 1-4 record at home

 

Top Players

Jared Goff, QB – 54.6% completions, 1,089 yards, 5 TDs, 7 INTs

Case Keenum, QB – 60.9% completions, 2,201 yards, 9 TDs, 11 INTs

Todd Gurley II, RB – 278 carries, 885 yards, 3.3 ypc, 6 TDs

Kenny Britt, WR – 68 catches, 1,002 yards, 5 TDs

Alec Ogletree, LB (All-Pro) – 136 tackles, 9 TFLs, 2 INTs

Aaron Donald, DL (All-Pro) – 11 TFLs, 8 sacks

Johnny Hekker, P (All-Pro & my choice for team MVP) – 98 punts, 47.8 yards per punt with a long of 78 yards

 

Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game between New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game between New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Photo courtesy of si.com

 

Some Brief Thoughts…

TO ALL RAMS FANS:

What did you expect from this team, a Super Bowl appearance?

Or a spot in the playoffs?

Or even a winning record?

Though I didn’t expect these Born Again Los Angeles Rams to be as bad as they were for three-fourths of the season as their pathetic offense finished dead last in the NFL for the second straight year,

 

Highlights from the Rams’ last win of 2016, a 9-6 decision over the New York Jets on November 13th. Courtesy of YouTube.

 

I knew from the moment it was announced that the NFL would be returning to L.A. after a 21 year absence with a team that called Southern California home from 1946-1994 that things would be rough for a while.

Especially considering that these Rams were pretty bad during their last decade in St. Louis, with 2003 marking their last winning season and 2004 being the last time they saw the post season.

It’s too bad that the fans who packed the Coliseum in September scurried away like mice from a sinking ship by the second half of the season, though it wasn’t unexpected as L.A. fans are notoriously fair weather.

I’s particularly unfortunate that what I advocated for in the preview that was written in September – Patience – seemed to be unheeded by too many of the Rams’ faithful.

 

Aug 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; The Los Angeles Rams mascot Rampage celebrates after the Rams defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-24 in their preseason game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; The Los Angeles Rams mascot Rampage celebrates after the Rams defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-24 in their preseason game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

 

As was seen by them not winning a game after Jeff Fisher’s firing, a culture change is needed as one head coach will NOT turn things around by itself.

Particularly on offense as whoever the Rams hire to be the next head coach, he must have an offensive mind who will be committed to get them out the NFL cellar on that side of the ball.

Some quality offensive linemen and receivers who can catch would be quite nice as well; I hear that USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster is available in the draft. The Rams could have certainly used him this year!

I, along with everyone else, will know more about the direction of these Rams when a new coach is announced.

The only thing left to say is the same thing I’ve been saying regarding what is needed as this franchise tries to rebuild, and it can be summed up in one word:

PATIENCE.

Until the NFL Draft in April and training camp in August…

 

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Jared Goff (#16) getting his teammates ready for a play. Photo courtesy of ramblinfan.com

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