We are the 71%. We are the team that turns every opposing quarterback into a Hall of Fame thrower. We are the team that you can bank on for somebody's career day each and every week, whether it's Carson Palmer, Julio Jones, or DeMarco Murray.
We. Are. Soft.
This is not the identity that St Louisans expected to take on when Jeff Fisher was hired. This is not the Jeff FIsher team that we thought we were going to get. We expected hard-nosed, punishing, in-your-face football that, yes, sometimes veer outside the lines of legal play but always - ALWAYS - ready to set a tone.
Instead, we are getting a defense that performs, in the words of Jim Thomas, "like a Steve Spagnuolo nightmare."
Actually, it's worse than that. Even when Spagnuolo's team hit bottom, in 2011, when injuries decimated our secondary and we were forced to suit up 12 different defensive backs, the Rams only gave up a 60.5% completion rate and an 87.3 passer rating against.
Fisher's team, ostensibly healthy and much more talented than Spags' collection of blue-collar grunts, is giving up a 71% completion rate and a 114.7 passer rating against. If this continues across the course of the season -- and there's no reason to believe it won't since our problems are schematic rather than personnel-related in nature -- these would be the worst ever given up by a Rams defense.