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St. Louis Rams, Warner, And The Show

Jun 16, 2010
The Rams have a long history in the NFL, having begun play in Cleveland in 1936. They have been a rather mobile team during their history, moving from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 1946, and then from Los Angeles to Anaheim in 1980 before ultimately relocating to Saint Louis in 1994. The team's mobility may have been foreshadowing of the mobile offense they would employ from 1999 to 2001 - an offense that earned the apt nickname "The Greatest Show on Turf." Though the Show didn't have the staying power of previous dynasties like the 1940s Bears, 1960s Packers, or 1970s Steelers, there is no arguing that it was one of the most dazzling displays of offensive efficiency that the sport had ever seen.

The beginnings

To find the origins of the Greatest Show, you need look no further than the injury suffered by Trent Green during the 1999 preseason. The Rams were forced to turn to their second string quarterback, who was best known for being cut from the Packers' training camp several years before and instead playing football in the Arena League. With Kurt Warner as the leading man, however, the Rams would storm through the National Football League, scoring 526 total points and smashing all previous offensive records. With a thirteen win season, the Rams fought through to the Super Bowl and defeated the Titans by a touchdown.

The Show's storyline

Of course, the success of the Greatest Show was not simply a matter of having good players - although the Rams had their share and then some. The system of offense that the team employed was designed to move the ball, and to move it fast. With constant five receiver sets, the Rams extended the opposing defenders all across the field, executed quick release passes to their open men in space, and did so with the precision accuracy for which Warner has been well recognized. The system enabled the receivers to catch the ball on the run, thus ensuring extra yards after the catch. Warner's skill at releasing the ball quickly and hitting his targets in motion as developed when he quarterbacked the Arena League Barnstormers team, and was put to good use in Saint Louis.

The players

In addition to Kurt Warner and the aforementioned Marshall Faulk, the other key offensive weapons that formed the cast of the Greatest Show on Turf were receivers Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Az-Zahir Hakim, and the older Ricky Proehl. Together with a large and quick offensive line, this core group of players would compile more than 500 points a season for each season from 1999 to 2001, something that had never been accomplished before or since. Faulk was the League's annual Offensive Player each of those years, and he and Warner held the top two spots in the MVP vote each year.

The final curtain call on the Greatest Show on Turf came after the Rams' surprising defeat in Super Bowl XXXVI. Analysts and television commentators used the term to describe the team for a number of seasons after that loss, but most fans recognized that the Show had effectively packed up and left town after 2001.
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Freddie Brister is a huge fan of all sports and recommends checking out his St. Louis Rams Blanket and St. Louis Cardinals bedding at his shop.
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