In the fourth quarter of every St Louis Rams home game, Al Pacino tells us that football is a game of inches. His famous speech from Any Given Sunday is played on the video board, and we are exhorted to "fight for that inch." Against the San Fransisco 49ers, that couldn't be more apropos.
The Rams and Niners played ten full quarters of football in 2012 before breaking a deadlock. Final score after two games: Rams 37, 49ers 34. No division matchup could be closer on the scoreboard, or harder fought on the field. And the games came down to the smallest increments - the inches off the line that Brandon Gibson was lined up on a fateful 80-yard play that could have won game 1. The seconds draining off the clock as Johnny Hekker panicked and called for a late snap on a potential game-winning field goal in that same contest. The degrees past 180 that signified Colin Kaepernick's blundered lateral as a backwards pass that Janoris Jenkins scooped and scored. For as well as the Rams played in those two games, they could have played a few inches better, a few seconds smarter. They could have been 2-0 against the eventual NFC Champions.
Ah, but "room for improvement." The mantra of a young team still learning how to win. Here we are a year later, and the Rams are younger still, and suddenly there appears to be room in every direction for this improvement yet-to-come.no comments