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    Another Rough Game Performance

    5 days untill the dress rehearsal for the regular season against New England and this team is still very rough around the edges with a lot of work to do. The weather didn't help, but tonight was another tough game to watch.

    Absolutely ZERO imagination on offense. You'd hardly know we have any WR's on the field. The TE's did practically all the work. 115 yards passing and 57 yards rushing, ouch. Bradford was put in some difficult situations, but still doesn't look rattled.

    The defense had their moments, but there were a lot of missed tackles, lackluster play and Bartell had to leave the game with an injury. Hopefully it's not serious. Hall Davis showed some spark with a couple of sacks, Larry Grant continued to look solid and Carpenter got an interception to ice the win, which was good to see.

    Special teams were the most polished looking group. Gilyard had some decent returns and Dominique Curry had a huge hit on Syndric Steptoe that sent him wobbling to the sideline.

    Getting a win was nice, but the team needs to step it up big time next week.


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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    its gunna be an eery feeling watchin the rams vs the pats..next week at Gillette stdm... both teams went in complete opposite directions after SB36 ... we know who went where ... its been a rough time being a rams fan...

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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    Two words that has plagued this team since the Vermeil/Martz era...

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    None.

    Is this a good rushing team? Except for Jackson...uhh... no way. It goes without saying this team's passing attack has and continues to be very lacking... do we even have WR's? The Defense is seeing improvement in some areas... a little. And yes, special teams seems to be in very good form, but I'm not holding my breath they'll be the cause of many wins this season.

    This young team still needs so much work with so many players, Mike, it will take five days just to list it all, no less fix much.

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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    I think the most important part of preseason is to come away without any serious injuries. That's it.

    Also, I didn't see a lot of missed tackles (I did miss the 1st quarter though) I thought tackling by guys like Marquis Johnson, Grant and others was great. Anyone else notice the amount of uncalled holding by the Browns offensive line?

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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    I think it was mainly Peyton Hillis responsible for the missed tackles. He was a beast out there, pancaking our guys and just trouncing over them. Even took out Laurinaitis and Grant on one play.

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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    I'm not too worried about the lack of offensive imagination. I think the key in this game was getting some sort of offensive rhythm. Also, I think the team needed find some way to move the ball through the air If that's with backs and TEs, so be it at this point). I am concerned with our inability to score TDs on any kind of consistant basis. However, if we win games that way, at least we have won some games. I'm not looking to see a playoff calibre team this season. I just want to see continuous improvement. I can see us having a long year again based on our lack of depth at almost every key position.
    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!!

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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    Didnt see much of this game, im gonna record it today, but was happy to see a win, hopefully we will snowball effect off this, the feeling of winning is addicting and hopefully players and coaches become feines lol.

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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    Shurmer is going to need to let the WRs loose next Thursday if for no other reason than the coaches need to decide on the upcoming roster cuts. Somebody needs to step up and show the ability to get separation and they can't do that with 3 yd. dinks to the running backs. Please Pat, stir a little cinnamon in the plain vanilla!

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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBritishRam View Post
    Also, I didn't see a lot of missed tackles
    I'm not the only one who saw a lot of missed tackles:

    "I did not like overall the way we tackled," Spagnuolo said. "Way too many missed tackles. And that can't happen. It doesn't matter what the elements are or what the field's like. Guys have got to make those tackles. …

    "I think the guys know exactly what the issues were, because we talk about it all the time. We're high on our tackles."

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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    The lack of imagination bothers me for 2 reasons. There wasn't a lot of imagination last season and this team needs a LOT of practice at the routes they plan on running. The Rams aren't a good team so they need to practice these things more than anyone. If they are hiding their true play calling, I'm afraid they will not be able to just flick a switch and turn it on in a real game.

    The real fear is that they aren't hiding anything and this is what we are going to have week 1. The WRs aren't getting ANY separation from the defenders. Are they hiding moves or do they not have them?

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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    I've watched both preseason games (several times each, actually) and I'm totally miffed as to why our WR's cannot run a freakin' pass route. You'd think at this stage of their careers, they would know how to setup a defender to get separation. They do not.

    Time and time again I've seen WR's and TE's take lackluster routes which lead to easily defended passes. It's as if they think that their speed alone will do the job. Not in the NFL fella's. This isn't the Big 12. This is big boy football and the DB's can stay stride for stride with ya.

    Another problem I'm seeing with the passing game is the Oline isn't creating the necessary passing lanes for Bradford or Neeley. Either that, or the QB's cannot rotate to wherever the lanes are. It's not easy throwing over a bunch of 6 foot something 300 pounders. They need to get this fixed, and in a hurry. Part of their problem may be the playcalling and lack of a threat downfield. Opposing teams see that the Rams can't (or won't) throw deep so they just keep everyone in front of them and play it tight. Resulting in no room for passing. I'd like to see the Rams air it out a little, if not to just let the other team know they CAN.

    Also, it's quite evident that as soon as the kid comes in (Bradford) the other team brings the heat. With no running game w/o Jackson and a rookie at QB, why not come with everyone? Rams, and bradford, need to recognize this and throw a few deep, just to keep them guessing a little.

    Just my two cents on the passing game so far.
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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    I think the game conditions dictated what kind of offense we saw in that game. There were very few passes that traveled more than 10 yds in the air for either team. The Rams certainly were not as good as The Browns at either running screens on offense or defending them. And am I the only one who remembers Gruden's QB camp session with Sam where it was revealed that he had never really played in a mudder like that? Looked to me that he was throwing the ball too hard on a couple of key drops that stalled drives. In short, this was not the day to revive the GSOT.

    Personally, I'm freakin' thrilled to see The Rams move the ball using their TEs the way they did on that first drive. And Fells actually held onto a ball in the red zone. If the rain hadn't been so bad, I think you'd have seen a squadron of porkers do a fly-by/victory roll above Brown stadium for that one. A rare and beautiful thing.

    Considering that was the first time with the projected starting OL together for a game, I'm encouraged by the pass pro. The run & screen blocking was still very spotty & made Ogby & the rest look worse than they probably are,imo. But again, the game conditions really weren't suited to anything but downhill trucks like Hillis.

    I think the poor tackling can also be attributed largely to the conditions & some rubbery camp legs, along with the aforementioned poor screen recognition by the LBs and safeties. If that's repeated vs The Patsies, we have a problem, but let's not get too upset yet.

    For those who are so upset by the lack of a deep passing attack; would you have rather seen a Ram QB throw an INT that cost them the game like the Browns scrub QB did at the end?
    Just because the runs and screens were poorly-executed doesn't mean they were the wrong calls.And the Browns got some seriously zebra-aided plays on both sides of the ball in the passing game; that push-off for the Cribbs TD and the blatant face-guarding non-call in the endzone.

    I'm just really glad we didn't get guys hurt by pulling groins/hammies while slopping around out there & got the team exposure, pun intended, to some adverse game conditions. I think we have an away game vs Tampa where the weather could be like that again.
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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBritishRam View Post
    I think the most important part of preseason is to come away without any serious injuries. That's it.

    Also, I didn't see a lot of missed tackles (I did miss the 1st quarter though) I thought tackling by guys like Marquis Johnson, Grant and others was great. Anyone else notice the amount of uncalled holding by the Browns offensive line?
    I saw this and thought it was a crime that they flagged Jason Brown for holding that was pretty ticky-tack after all that the Browns got away with. Typical biased officiating in favor of a RAMs opponent.


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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    I think the reason Brown held the player was because he wanted to protect Sam.

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    Re: Another Rough Game Performance

    Quote Originally Posted by Azul e Oro View Post
    I think the game conditions dictated what kind of offense we saw in that game. There were very few passes that traveled more than 10 yds in the air for either team.
    That's a solid, relevant point. Plus add in the fact the o-line looked horrible the week before, would it have been a good idea to call a bunch of players where Bradford is exposed in that type of condition?

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