Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 12/13/11
SEATTLE-- Sam Bradford joined his team's limp to the finish. Even with the face of their future at quarterback, the St. Louis Rams staggered closer toward an uncertain offseason. A common sight appeared once more Monday night at CenturyLink Field: The Seattle Seahawks suffocated the Rams' depleted offense in a 30-13 victory, their 13th triumph in the last 14 meetings between the NFC West rivals dating back to 2005. Bradford, meantime, went 12-of-29 passing for 193 yards with an interception and looked pained doing so. The young signal-caller's frustrating season has presented challenges unlike any he has experienced before. Monday night was another example of what has become obvious: The Rams lack the depth to be competitive. Bradford is far removed from the confident talent who earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors last year. And, in St. Louis, the offseason can't come soon enough. The fact that Bradford appeared in the box score at all Monday was a minor surprise. He missed a Week 13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers after aggravating a high left ankle sprain sustained in a loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6. He sat out most of the past week of practice, and backup quarterback Kellen Clemens was signed last Thursday to provide some relief after A.J. Feeley fractured his right thumb against the 49ers. The season has been difficult for the former Heisman Trophy winner, a message he has repeated multiple times in recent months. He has thrown for more than 300 yards just twice (Week 2 against the New York Giants and Week 6 against the Packers), and he has been held to fewer than 200 yards passing six times. Meanwhile, he has thrown six touchdowns and five interceptions. "I feel like we've just lacked consistency all year," Bradford told reporters in Seattle. "It's just really hard to get a rhythm going when you don't establish the path on a run." On Monday, a hampered Bradford didn't receive much help from his backfield. Running back Steven Jackson was held to 63 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries a slight improvement from his 15-carry, 42-yard effort against the Seahawks in Week 11. Meanwhile, tailback Marshawn Lynch gashed the Rams for 115 yards on 23 carries and was showered with Skittles upon reaching the end zone for his lone touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Bradford's pain and Jackson's inability to find space in the open field continued the Rams' woeful offensive performance this season. They rank 32nd in points scored (11.7 per game), 30th in yards produced (284 per game), 28th in passing offense (185.4 yards per game) and 26th in rushing offense (98.6 yards per game). In the second half Monday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels barked instructions on a bench as Bradford sat nearby and stared ahead blankly. So what's next for the Rams? Nothing more than a chance to play for dignity since a last-place finish in the NFC West is all but guaranteed. The Cincinnati Bengals travel to the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday at 7-6, losers of consecutive games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans. In the following weeks, the Rams close against the Pittsburgh Steelers and 49ers. Given that schedule, three more losses are possible. And after that? The franchise's long-term structure is still a question. The futures of coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney remain uncertain, although the late-season stumble won't bode well for either man since the Rams carried visions of winning the NFC West after finishing second to the Seahawks last year. However, hopes of guiding the franchise to its first playoffs appearance since the 2004 season were dashed long ago. A loss to Seattle on Monday provided another example of how bruised the Rams are. For them, a crawl toward the offseason can't come fast enough. The Associated Press contributed to this report
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