Rams Have Tough Finish vs Niners

 Cooper Kupp (#18) is ranked 19th in the NFL in receiving. (Courtesy Photo)
Cooper Kupp (#18) is ranked 19th in the NFL in receiving. (Courtesy Photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

The L.A. Rams fell into a hole during the regular season and found it tough to get out. Last week it’s post season hopes all ended with a 34-31 loss to the San Francisco.

A Robbie Gould field goal as the clock reached zero made the Rams become watchers of the post-season.  

“Its over,” said Rams DB Nickell Robey-Coleman. “The Dance is done.”

The Rams had made great strides in the past couple of years going from 11-5 in 2017 to 13-3 and a Super Bowl berth last season.

 They got off to 3-0 start, lost then fell to 4-4 and did their best to get a play-off spot with wins over the Saints, Bears and Cardinals.

They will try to finish 9-7 at the Coliseum Sunday vs Arizona in the final game before the Rams begin playing in their new stadium next year in Inglewood.

“It’s fresh right now. It’s tough because you care so much about these players,” said Head Coach Sean McVay. “The work that they put in. You want to do your part to try to see those guys have success, and get an opportunity to compete for a world championship.”

There is also Eric Waddle who may be pondering retirement. The 13 year veteran has spent time with the Chargers and Ravens and made the play-offs five times with those teams. He has also missed out eight times. “They all hurt”  he told the L.A. Times. “But this could possibly be my last so it could be more sentimental.”

The Rams did have some bright spots during the season with wins big wins over playoff teams like the Saints and Seahawks.

On offense they averaged over 371 ypg (ranked 10th) and 27.9 ppg which is ranked 5th in the league.

They have two 1,000 yards receivers in Cooper Kupp 1,062  (87 rec. ranked 10th) and Robert Woods 1,067(83 rec. ranked 16th).

Also despite all the noise Jarred Goff has thrown for 4,319 yards with a QB rating of 88.4. He ranked 3rd in the league behind Jameis Winston and Tom Brady.

The future still looks bright for the Rams in 2020 with the move to Inglewood. They still have a lot to build on.