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    S. L. A. P.

    There have been numerous posts this week since the loss to the Panthers. Almost everyone, including myself have been questioning Linehans' game plan. The game plan for Sunday was like row, row, row your boat gently down the stream. Why? With all the fire power our offense has and the explosiveness we're capable of, why?

    Linehan told us why. Without offending our o-line, Linehan simply let us know that he thought Carolinas' front four were among the best in the NFL. We all remember the dreadful shutout last season at the hands of that Panthers defense. A game that saw Marc Bulger sacked 7 times and hit and hurried several other times. We were all on Linehan for not running the ball more, remember? Marc Bulger flinging the ball all over the field almost got him killed. Linehan knew he messed up that game and saw his quarterback take a beating. I think Bulger himself came away from that game a little shell shocked.

    So we go into Sunday with the dink & dunk combined with the run the Beast right at them game plan. Pretty sound approach if you ask me. Consider this, we have the Beast Jackson along with one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL throwing short passes to our veteran sure handed receivers. With Linehans' protect the ball at all costs approach the plan made perfect sense, to Linehan anyway. Obviously our players bought into it because it was working. We had our first offensive possession start at our own 33 yard line, already down 7-0. Our offense proceeded to compile a 15 play, 67 yard dink & dunk drive that produced a touchdown to knot the score at 7-7.
    During that drive Bulger only took one shot downfield, an incomplete pass to Bruce.
    Steven Jackson ran right at the Carolina defense. Charging threw the middle for 27 yards on 4 carries. There was no help from defensive penalties just precise dink & dunk.

    Carolina came right back at us but their kicker John Kasay missed a 47 yard field goal attempt. From that point on until the 2 minute warning the game had turned into a defensive battle. (that's right defensive) Right at the 2 minute warning Carolina was forced to punt the ball. We took the ball and marched downfield with the aid of a 22 yard pass interference call against Carolina. We ended another dink & dunk 8 play drive with a game leading field goal to end the half. We go into halftime with the lead!!!
    Plus we will be getting the ball to start the 2nd half!!:r

    LINEHANS' GAMEPLAN IS WORKING!

    Dante' Hall takes the 2nd half kickoff back 84 yards to the Carolina 17!!! We couldn't get into the endzone, couldn't even get a 1st down. So we settle for a Jeff Wilkins 28 yard field goal. 13-7 RAMS!! (this was a disappointing result of an awesome kickoff return by Hall) This is where I question the play calling. Linehan has to realize that Carolina would be making some adjustments to defend the dink & dunk better. We didn't take 1 shot at the endzone? Very questionable in my mind. Did Linehan make any adjustments? Never the less we are up 13-7.:r

    So Carolina gets the ball and our defense forces a turnover, we get the ball back at the Carolina 49 yard line. "WE ARE IN THE DRIVERS SEAT". Linehans' game plan is still working. from the Carolina 49 Bulger proceeds to throw another short pass which nets 3 yards in the hands of Steven Jackson. Bulger then hits Torry Holt for 14 more yards.
    1st and 10 at the Carolina 32 yard line. Oh Yeah!!!! we're ready to go off! Then it happens, Jackson RAMbles around the right end for 6 yards but loses a fumble.:x

    LINEHANS' FAULT?

    2 plays later Steve Smith is standing in our endzone holding onto a 68 yard touchdown pass. Carolina goes 2 plays for 74 yards in 46 seconds to take the lead 14-13!!!!:x
    We went from pulling away to down by 1 in less than a minute. :x

    LINEHANS' FAULT?

    We get the ball back with the line of scrimmage being our own 18 yard line. On the second play from scrimmage it happens again, Jackson loses another fumble.:x
    Carolina takes over at our 26 yard line. They drive the ball down to our 5 only to see our defense rise to the occassion and force a fumble, that we recover on our own 3.
    WHEW!! From our own 3 the very low risk dink & dunk is obvious. Doesn't work this time. We punt from our own 10. Carolina takes over at their own 42 and drives down for a 34 yard field goal. 17-13 Panthers with 15 minutes left in the game.:x

    From our own 18 yard line we attempt another dink & dunk drive that fails to the tune of 3 and out. We punt to Carolina and they start a long dink & dunk drive of their own.
    The drive ends with Jake Delhomme hitting Drew Carter in the endzone to give the Panthers a commanding lead at 24-13. The drive ate up 7:24 of the final quarter.

    Our Rams start their next drive on our 22 yard line. We're able to move the ball via the dink & dunk but the 10 play drive stalls when we fail to convert on a 4th and 2. An incomplete pass of the short variety to Bruce.

    The rest is history, Carolina adds another field goal and we lose 27-13.:x

    The final score doesn't tell the true story. This was a very close game that we had command of. Not taking anything away from the Panthers and their very stingy defense, we were in the driver seat. The back to back fumbles killed us. Timing is everything and although there's no good time for a turnover, the 2 fumbles ejected us right out of the drivers seat.

    I still feel that Linehans' game plan was solid, not perfect but solid. I would have liked to see a few more deep passes mixed in. If anything to keep the Panthers defense on their toes. Also at least 1 shot at the endzone in the beginning of the 3rd quarter after Halls great kickoff return. It was obvious that Carolina made the halftime adjustments needed to defend the dink & dunk better. What adjustments did we make? Was Linehan that satisfied with the 10-7 halftime lead?

    I am here to say Headcoach Linehan knew exactly what we needed to do to be productive against that Carolina D, it almost worked. I'm sure he was just as surprised and disappointed as we were with the 2 fumbles by the Beast. Also that Marc Bulger wasn't his normal accurate self.

    I felt the need to breakdown the whole game. Hopefully bringing the Linehan naysayers into the (Scott Linehan Appreciation Party). I'm certainly a member.

    S. L. A. P.

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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    I'm not one for acronym groups, but you did a great job summing up the game and I agree with you. Nice job on breaking it down laram0, that's a + rep post for sure.

    I just hope people come in and read it. The post is so good that maybe you should copy it to Ram Talk so that everyone does read it.
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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    Everyone can analyze these games all they want, but if we don't find a way to win our next two than our playoff hope our gone.

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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    Yeah another party

    SLOP AND SLAP.....nice
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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    Excellent post. I was not inspired by some of the linebacker play in the game, but I felt like the defense overall was doing what was needed to win. Jackson, dropped the ball, figuratively and literally.

    But, I knew there was no chance of the Rams coming back once big O went down. Especially, with everybodies confidence in Jackson temporarily shot.
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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    Damn that was a great post laram0.

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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    I'd like to echo Mike's comments and say great post.

    An objective view of that game was worth waiting for.

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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    Sorry, but my glasses just aren't so rosey these days.

    Linehan is not entirely to blame for last Sunday, but the game planning and play calling were severely lacking. He has to take some of the responsibilty for that. I also think there is a very good argument to be made that Jackson should have "warmed up" in preseason, rather than starting the season cold (if you look, other RBs who sat out the preseason - LT, Gore - likewise had poor opening days).

    So, I see no reason to join SLAP at this time.

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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    Very good article and it definitely gives a different look at the game. But you might have brought up something that could be a concern...no in game adjustment. It appears that the Panthers made an adjustment at halftime but we didn't. And maybe halftime wasn't the time to make adjustment because we were still winning. But after it appeared that the Panthers had adjusted to the dink and dunk approach, adjustments should have been made. With all that said, great post and I enjoyed reading it.
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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    I also think there is a very good argument to be made that Jackson should have "warmed up" in preseason, rather than starting the season cold (if you look, other RBs who sat out the preseason - LT, Gore - likewise had poor opening days).
    LT had a poor day? He scored both of his teams TDs against the best defense in the league, and he never fumbled. A few carries in the preseason wouldn't have helped LT against the Bears, they were going to shut him down yardage wise either way.

    Gore also scored a TD, and never fumbled. The Arizona D played Gore very well and made Smith beat them.

    Even though Moss is a WR he had a nice day without playing in the preseason also.

    I think it's a weak argument to blame any of Jackson's poor play on preseason carries. The fact is Carolina plays good D and some preseason carries would not change that.
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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    Well put it shows me that we were just a few plays from winning this game instead of getting totally dominated as the score shows I must say this really puts me at ease a little
    Torry Holt Dont play that

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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    Question is playing safe is not going to get us in the playoffs. Great article by the way.
    Coach Linehan needs to incorporate his offensive weapons in the passing game with more consistent effort on the passing short yard gains.
    The fumbles were somewhat steve's fault. But the playcalling is still out.
    This game against the whiners will prove his calling. If he loses to the whiners on sunday. We might be calling for changes by week five. This is the NFL and with the roster he has we should be blowing people away.
    Carolina proved once again that we are no fear to them. Watching SteveSmith running by Hill was embarrassing. That play was not good.
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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    My friend from carolina called me and said steve smith is now called Steve"the Ram KILLer" Smith and the panther fans are loving it but that play on tye hill turned my stomach I don't know if it was the dc's fault for his positioning or he was just "BEAT" by a better reciever either way it hurt. . . . . . . Just gotta take it out on the whiners 1 - 1 St.Louis rams back where we started
    Torry Holt Dont play that

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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    the panther fans are loving it but that play on tye hill turned my stomach I don't know if it was the dc's fault for his positioning or he was just "BEAT" by a better reciever either way it hurt.
    saw that one coming from a mile away. They set it up all game long with the short receiver screens to both Smith and the other WR, who is also shifty. Sooner or later we were going to get burned on the go route.

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    Re: S. L. A. P.

    Can torry still do that kinda stuff to corners I am shure he can but the OC has to call it
    Torry Holt Dont play that

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