Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Rams OLine takes another blow
One could make an argument for the Miami Dolphins or St. Louis Rams, both mired in 0-7 misery, as the worst team in the NFL.
We'll go with the latter because this season's expectations were higher. With Marc Bulger, Steven Jackson, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce and a decent defensive line and linebacking group, the Rams were supposed to challenge for the weak NFC West. But an average offensive line quickly morphed into a woeful one with an inordinate amount of injuries.
St. Louis' offensive line took another hit today when guard Claude Terrell was arrested and charged for beating his wife, a Class A misdeamenor. He appeared in six games (three starts) and was cut by the team today for "performance on the field, and just because of how he was playing."
This is just another blow to the Rams' shoddy offensive line. Two of five starters are on the injured reserve, including Pro Bowler and protector of Bulger's backside Orlando Pace. The top backup tackle and guard were also lost for the season. Other linemen, like center Brett Romberg, have missed time due to injury.
Bulger has been sacked 18 times in five games and has a passer rating of 58.7 after tallying above a 92 in four of his first five seasons. Backup Gus Frerotte, who's played in three games this season because Bulger broke his ribs, was sacked six times.
In his Monday Morning Quarterback column this Monday on SI.com, Peter King said, "The Rams' line is one of the worst in recent NFL history. Maybe in all of NFL history."