Same old Rams? Not quite. This new era is dawning in Los Angeles and it was magnified a little bit more today after the release of lackluster CB Coty Sensabaugh and the promotion of UDFA DT Morgan Fox from the practice squad.
Fox is 22-years-old and showed in preseason he might have a future at the next level. He notched two sacks against the Vikings in the last preseason game but still unfortunately missed the cut. Fortunately for him he was brought onto the practice squad and now that is really paying dividends for him. Now outside the fact three of the four Rams defensive lineman starters are questionable versus the Bills, Fox has clearly showed enough to the coaching staff he’s ready to step in and help.
What did the move to let go of Sensabaugh show? It showed a new Rams that I haven’t seen before. This is truly the no nonsense type of front office I wanted and I’m sure many feel the same. When Jeff Fisher said he wasn’t going 7-9, 8-8, 9-7 or even 10-6 some may have laughed (I even thought he went overboard with the 10-6 disapproval). However, this is the type of move a team ready to turn it around does. Sensabaugh showed nothing for the Rams besides the fact he was a liability in coverage, he was overpaid (too bad the fans knew that before the front office) and most importantly he had no fall-back role and by that I mean he had no ability to play special teams.
Yes, they wasted money on Sensabaugh but they nipped it in the bud early on to the point he won’t be a long-term issue. Now another player who could be in hot water is the worst rated d-lineman on the team according to Pro Football Focus, Cam Thomas. With the promotion of Morgan Fox it could spell the end for Thomas with the Rams now at 10 players on a roster that’s number one strength is the d-line. Especially now with the Cornerback position only having four corners and three of the four have suffered some sort of an injury this season.
Obviously Thomas hasn’t officially been released yet but this move to promote Fox and cut Sensabaugh was a huge step in the right direction. Looking back I felt like Fisher should have cut WR Brian Quick loose but he’s playing well now so he will need to keep that up. At the end of the day it just goes to show that this new Rams team coached by Fisher is hungry and has plenty of moving parts which will be part of doing whatever they can to ultimately win. As far as Fox’s practice squad spot goes, it will be interesting to see who takes it. Right now we just need to be happy with this new change in decisions past Rams teams might not have made.