Three Burning Questions
1. Can the Rams win with this defense?
That is asking a lot. Expect shootouts in many Rams games this season. Their offense is loaded and can score points through the air or on the ground, but the defense is nearly as porous as the offense is potent. Without a proven run-stopper in the middle of the defense and question marks at several starting positions, betting on a drastic turnaround from this unit doesn't seem wise. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will get his guys to play hard and there should be some improvement, but don't expect the Rams' defense to finish in the top half of the NFL rankings this season.