This was a Jeff Fisher fever dream from outer space. The Seahawks always have their issues against the Rams. It’s one of the NFL’s stranger trends, and Sunday was no exception. Russell Wilson dropped to 4-5 in his career against the Rams on a day that saw him battered for two sacks and countless hits behind Seattle’s overpowered O-line. The ankle sprain he suffered last week clearly impacted Wilson, whose final numbers — 22-of-35 passing for 254 yards — look better on paper. Fans came close to seeing Wilson do the remarkable on that busted final drive, but the comeback fell short when running back Christine Michael fumbled the ball following an eight-yard catch inside the Rams’ 30-yard line with less than a minute to play. If only Fisher could face Seattle every week.
The development, however, isn’t all bad for the West Virginia product. NFL Media’s Steve Wyche reported on Tuesday that Bailey is expected to rejoin the team in a non-football playing capacity if he clears waivers.
In April, a video surfaced on social media showing the 2013 third-round pick running routes in an attempt to comeback to football.
Being a Rams fan was a weird time in the 1990s. To put it in the terms of a television show that perfectly encapsulates the decade and is the show of record of my youth, “Saved By the Bell”; the 49ers were Zack. The Raiders were Slater. We were Screech. The 49ers had the Super Bowl titles and the best quarterback to ever play before Tom Brady. The Raiders had Ice Cube wearing their gear. As for the Rams; well I think I saw Jay Leno on the sidelines of a game once.
The last game I went to was October 2, 1994. The Rams lost 8-5 to the Falcons. I was one of roughly 20,000 people who witnessed Tommy Maddox playing quarterback for the Rams. Though, I won’t be too harsh on Tommy, he did deliver LA’s last pro football championship as the MVP of the XFL champion Los Angeles Xtreme. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a Rams fan in the 1990s, read here.
This “Hard Knocks” will have a distinct L.A. vibe, according to Ken Rodgers, the coordinating producer for NFL Films. He even puts on a Hollywood director’s hat in describing the tone.
“The Rams’ arrival in Los Angeles is the overarching storyline of the entire series this year,” Rodgers said. “In my mind, this is the classic story of a Midwestern boy moving west to make his dreams come true. He’s going to discover the bright lights of L.A. Only instead of one boy, it’s a team of young men trying to make it big.”
After being hit by Cowboys linebacker Derek Akunne, Goff’s second pass was a wobbly throw that was easily picked off by Mark Nzeocha. Goff had two other passes dropped by rookie receivers Pharoh Cooper and cheap jerseys and Michael Thomas, and the California alum was sacked once.
Keenum started and played three series, going 6 of 7 for 58 yards. Benny Cunningham scored on a 14-yard run with 1:33 left in the first quarter for the Rams’ first points in the stadium where they first played in 1946 after moving from Cleveland until moving to Anaheim at the end of the 1979 season.
Los Angeles shipped a boatload of picks to Tennessee for the right to draft Goff and place him as the starting quarterback, face of the franchise and cornerstone. For Jeff Fisher’s perennially 7-9 squad, which lacked a functional quarterback, the rookie is seen as the missing piece to finally getting over the hump.
Whether that happens in 2016 or takes him a couple years to integrate into the league, Goff owns the talent and mental acumen to become a successful NFL quarterback — hopefully leading the Rams out of their spell of mediocrity.