How bad is this Rams team? Is it worse than the also winless Dolphins. Probably not, but it doesn't appear to be getting any better for St. Louis with the litany of injuries, particularly to the offensive line.
I'm trying to think of a way to describe the mood in the Rams locker room. But one of the St. Louis beat writers said it best, it's like going into a funeral. Indeed, the Rams appeared to be a beaten and brokedown group. Wide receiver Torry Holt grabbed his belongings from his locker, changed in the training room and left the locker room from a different exit to avoid talking to the media. The players that did talk were filled with frustration. and it started to boil over some.
Just look at this rant from tight end Randy McMichael...
Right now I am grateful that God has blessed me to be a Ram, but right now I am very embarrassed to be one. It makes no sense what we did offensively today, like I said, last week is going to carry over into this week—it is pathetic."
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(On how you explain the Rams struggles…) "You can't explain it. There is nothing that can be said. You can talk and try to correct it, but you have got to get it done. It is about man-on-man, who wants it more. Sometimes it is not about technique, or coaching, but who wants it more. And sometimes, you know, you fall short. So we have to go look ourselves in the mirror as a man and say, 'what do I want to do, do I want to fold the tent up or come out and play like a man for these last nine games.'"
(On head coach Scott Linehan trying to motivate the team…) "I feel like we really let him down, I really do because he was speaking from his heart. The defense, they stepped and played; we didn't. I am not afraid to say it if they have a problem with it they can come see me, they know where my locker is. Offensively, we stunk up the football field the whole game. We didn't get nothing, we didn't get no rhythm, we didn't protect our quarterback to give him time to do what we do down field. And, we weren't able to get open, so it is our fault. We let our coach down, we wanted to get this one for him; he deserved it. He deserved it just like we did and it is a shame that everybody is going to sit there and blame him, but we are not getting it done on our offensive side."
(On the team collectively feeling bad after the loss…) "No, I think everybody feels like I feel. I think they may express it differently than I do, but I know that all the guys are just as upset as I am. We are competitors. And one thing about being a competitor when you aren't successful it hurts. If it doesn't hurt then you are in the wrong profession. We have got to keep working; keep chopping wood. We have got to find a way to get a win. We are coming home before the bye week, and then we have Cleveland coming in, I might as well say that we are going to win. What else do we have to do? We are going to win football games, you can quote that. We have nothing else to say—we are going to win the football game."
McMichael wasn't the only one, here's some more...
Tackle Andy McCollum:
"Frustration. Anger. You catch me right after that debacle, so everyone in here is still ticked off, and they should be. We've got to take a look at it, come back tomorrow and get to work. If there was something magical we could do to fix the problem, we would have done it by now. The only thing I know to do is get back to work. I don't think we're going to let anybody quit. I don't think anybody has. I didn't see any of that out there today. I don't think the vets around here are going to let that happen."
QB Marc Bulger
"We've wondered for seven weeks. Right now, everything you think you're doing right goes against you. We're going to keep fighting, but we have some bad momentum heading in the wrong direction right now and we've got to stop it somehow."
(On the nature of his emotions right now . . . ) "Probably everything. I'm a little angry about things, embarrassed about things, frustrated about things. But there's no good emotions. I've got two days to switch that around. I'm back Wednesday and getting ready for Cleveland."
WR Isaac Bruce
"Honestly, I can say we are just not getting it done. I just only speak for the receivers, I don't think we are getting open like we should or as a unit. As a unit, we are just not getting it done. I really can't say why the points aren't there, they are just not and we are not getting it done."