The Los Angeles Rams blew another game on Sunday, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to drop their record to 3-5 on the season. And once again, it is fair to blame their shortcomings on the offense.
The Rams’ eighth-ranked defense has been doing their part, allowing just 21.6 points per game. It’s the 31st ranked offense that’s been killing them, as they’re managing just 16.4 points per game (29th in the league) and couldn’t move the ball on the ground if their life depended on it.
It was more of the same in week 9, as Jalen Ramsey and the rest of the defense looked like they had closed out a 13-9 victory by forcing Tom Brady and company to turn the ball over on downs with less than two minutes remaining.
But the Rams’ offense couldn’t manage to get one measly first-down (thanks in large part to a Cooper Kupp miscue), giving the Bucs one more chance. And as Tom Brady usually does when you give him an extra opportunity, he made L.A. pay.
After the game, reporters asked Ramsey for his thoughts on the 16-13 loss. The star cornerback didn’t hold back, blaming the entire loss on the offense… And rightfully so.
Here’s the transcript of the entire answer, via NFL.com:
“The defense should not have had to go back on the field. Simple,” Ramsey said bluntly. “Gotta have some dogs who are gonna go get it. We shouldn’t come to the sideline after a big stop like that and our coaches or the other side or whoever telling us, ‘We gonna to need y’all one more time. We gonna to need y’all one more time.’ Like what the f—? We just made a big stop, turnover on downs, with a minute and some change left and no timeouts for nobody.
“Gotta have some dogs who are like, man, f— all that, we are going to end this game right now. Good stop. We are going to end the game for y’all. We gotta play off each other in that sense. You know what I mean? That’s what I mean by we should not have had to go out there. It is what it is. It ain’t the first time that this has happened. This has happened multiple times this year, really. S—.”
It’s hard to argue with Ramsey. He has every right to be frustrated with his team at the moment. After all, Matthew Stafford and the offense have managed to score over 20 points just twice through their first eight games of the season.
And for those who think it’ll be “Odell Beckham Jr. to the rescue,” I wouldn’t hold your breath. With a ton of attractive suitors expected to make a play for the star wideout, I highly doubt he’ll choose the team that’s multiple games under .500 and a complete mess on offense right now.
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