Tomorrow evening marks the moment we Rams fans have been waiting for since that disappointing loss against Seattle in Week 17 season: the opening of the 2011/12 Rams season. The team opens the preseason schedule against the Indianapolis Colts, a team that doesn’t seem to take the preseason too seriously. There’s a chance that due to the injury to Peyton Manning, they may work a little harder this preseason to see if they can survive without him.
But that’s enough about the Colts. Let’s get back to the team we all know and love; our beloved Rams. Although this is just a preseason game, there are three things we should look for in this game, which I will highlight below. The numerous changes to the team from the new draftees to the new free agents that were signed were done in an effort to improve this team over last year’s 7-9 record, and push us over the hump into a division title and competing in the playoffs.
Just to highlight some of these moves:
- The Rams signed former Eagles safety Quinton Mikell to replace the departed O.J. Atogwe
- The team went and got one of the top guards on the market in Harvey Dahl to improve the interior line.
- The team signed three veteran linebackers in Zach Diles, Brady Poppinga, and Ben Leber to compete for OLB spots
- The Rams drafted QB Sam Bradford 3 new targets in Lance Kendricks, Austin Pettis, and Greg Salas, as well as bringing in Mike Sims-Walker.5. The team drafted UNC DE Robert Quinn to do one thing: get to the QB.