"Hey Will. Ten and six!"
Train's voice rumbled down from two rows above me, sitting behind the goal posts as the offense and defense played 11-on-11 in a red zone drill. Brian Quick split out wide left, with Jared Cook in the slot next to him. Chris Civens and Tavon Austin lined up to the right. Daryl Richardson sat in the backfield behind Sam Bradford.
"If we stay healthy, I think we go ten and six."
The ball was snapped, and James Laurinaitis somehow came barreling up the middle, untouched. A clear "sack" on the quarterback. But this is a practice field in early August, and Bradford is wearing a red "no-touch" jersey. The play continues with a dump-off to Richardson and a gain of three yards.
"I don't know, Train. This offense has to come together first."
At the next snap, Richardson motions out of the backfield and splits out wide right, taking Laurinaitis in coverage with him. A receiver on the left side of the formation claps his hands above his head. The ball is snapped, and suddenly there's Brian Quick in the front corner of the end zone, a defensive back flailing by, grabbing bits of jersey as he tries to put on the brakes. A side judge throws his flag to signal pass interference, but it's moot. Bradford zips the ball chin-high, Quick snares it and taps his feet down for a touchdown.
Welcome to the Rams Fan Fest, where the hopes and dreams for the 2013 season get put under the bright lights of the Edward Jones Dome. And this year, no prediction seems unreasonable.no comments