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Did you know.....
That not ONE offensive tackle, not ONE, was called for holding against Leonard Little.....ALL YEAR?
All frickin year. Not one holding call.
That's something to ponder.
Re: Did you know.....Originally Posted by txramsfan"Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod
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I'm not kidding. Not one offensive lineman was ever called for holding against Leonard Little all year.
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The outlook was a bit different than it had been after the Rams slithered home from Atlanta after losing 47-17 to the Falcons in Saturday's divisional playoff game.
When the Rams won their final two regular season games to get into the playoffs, and then won at Seattle in the first round of the playoffs, there was optimism that this team just might be coming together at the right time.
"This is the time I thought we'd be this season," coach Mike Martz said before the game against Atlanta. "It just took us longer to get there."
But in the end, the loss to the Falcons only illustrated again the issues that plagued the team in the second half of the season, especially on the road. After beating San Francisco and Seattle on the road in October, and then winning over Tampa Bay at home, the Rams were 4-2 and appeared primed to re-establish themselves.
However, a loss in Miami sent them reeling on a five-game road losing streak that had all the elements of what went wrong in Atlanta: poor run defense, bad special teams and an offense that moved the ball, but couldn't score points, most notably in the second half.
In the five-game road losing streak, the Rams were outscored 68-14 in the second half. Add Saturday's loss and the count is 87-14. In the team's seven road losses this season, the Rams lost by a combined score of 235-96, an average of 20 points per game.
But after the loss, Martz still chose to look forward.
"We've come a long ways and yet there's a long ways to go," Martz said. "When we started the season we thought we could develop into a pretty good team. With all of the things that happened to us, obviously we fell short.
"We've always had the attitude here that we are always looking forward. What's done, is done, whether it's a win or loss. You have to continue to get better, even if you are on a roll and you're undefeated. You can't be happy with yourself, in that respect. You are always trying to get better, and that was our focus all along. We had a long way to go. There were a lot of obstacles to overcome, and at this point we are just looking forward. We are pleased to be where we are."
—The gashing started immediately as QB Michael Vick ran for 47 yards on the third play from scrimmage and Warrick Dunn added runs of 13 and 63 yards for a touchdown on the second possession.
In the first quarter, the Falcons rushed for 163 yards on just eight attempts, with three runs accounting for 123 yards. At halftime, Atlanta had rushed for 239 yards.
"It felt like we were playing with handcuffs on," Rams defensive end Bryce Fisher said. "Our linebackers and safeties were calling out the plays the Falcons were going to run. And we still couldn't stop them. They shoved it down our throats."
On Sept. 19, the Falcons rushed for 242 yards against the Rams and added 327 Saturday.
"We just couldn't stop it," defensive end Leonard Little said. "With Vick, it really gets you back on your heels because you just don't know if he's going to run or throw. They really had their thing going."
—He was a warrior all season and helped the Rams when he came out of retirement in August. But LG Tom Nutten's knee gave out early in the game against Atlanta and he had to be replaced by rookie Larry Turner.
Nutten had been playing with a bad knee for about the last month, and left the playoff game at Seattle late in the fourth quarter after aggravating the injury. He then twisted the knee in practice last week. Nutten lasted only until there was 3:26 remaining in the first quarter. He is expected to retire.
"I think my body's trying to tell me something," Nutten said. "I'm not sure if I want to listen to my mind and heart that wants to keep playing, or my body that says I've had enough."
—WR Isaac Bruce didn't practice all week because of a myriad of injuries, the most painful being in the oblique muscle on the side near the stomach. It was expected he would still play, but in a pregame workout he wasn't able to run at full speed.
"He just couldn't do it," coach Martz said. "So there's no sense in asking him to do that. He wouldn't have lasted very long. He could tear a muscle. It's not the right thing to do."
—RT Blaine Saipaia showed consistent improvement after becoming the starter, but some coaches believe he is better suited to be a guard.
—DE Leonard Little saw his sack total go down this season, but one statistic is staggering. No offensive lineman all season blocking Little was ever called for holding.
—SS Adam Archuleta will use the offseason to rehabilitate his back. He played all season with a bulging disk, which severely affected his productivity.
—FS Aeneas Williams will take some time before deciding whether to retire or come back and play another season. Williams played most of the season with a nerve problem in his neck, and was finally placed on injured reserve with three games remaining in the season.
—LB Tommy Polley, who got off to a slow start this season, played better coming down the stretch and now has the club debating whether to bring him back. Polley becomes an unrestricted free agent in March.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
REPORT CARD VS. FALCONS
PASSING OFFENSE: B — QB Marc Bulger hung tough against the rush and without WR Isaac Bruce, passing for 299 yards and two touchdowns. WR Kevin Curtis stepped up and caught seven passes for 128 yards and a 57-yard touchdown, but did have a critical drop in the third quarter. RB Steven Jackson also had a dropped pass that stopped the first drive of the third quarter, and WR Shaun McDonald committed a killer pass interference penalty in the third quarter after also dropping a pass.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C-plus — The ground game worked well enough early to keep the Falcons rush at bay, but once the Rams fell behind they were done. They ran the bell just three times in the second half, and one of those was an end-around by WR Dane Looker.
PASS DEFENSE: C — QB Michael Vick attempted just 18 passes, but completed 12 and had two touchdowns. His passer rating was 125.5, despite passing for just 82 yards. A touchdown pass to Peerless Price in the third quarter gave the Falcons a 35-17 lead.
RUSH DEFENSE: F — Too bad there aren't any lower grades than F to give. The Falcons rushed for 327 yards on 40 attempts, and 239 of the yards came in the first half. Tackling was poor, but in many instances, Vick and RB Warrick Dunn had open space to run in.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D-minus — The only thing that keeps this from being an F is the 55-yard field goal by PK Jeff Wilkins and solid kickoff coverage. But P Kevin Stemke had his worst game, and the punt coverage wasn't in sight on three returns by Allen Rossum for 152 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown.
COACHING: C — You can't blame Mike Martz for poor tackling and dropped passes. But the buck stops at Martz for the team's consistent failure to place priority on special teams. He has had three coaches in five years, and the problems persist.
Re: Did you know.....DE Leonard Little saw his sack total go down this season, but one statistic is staggering. No offensive lineman all season blocking Little was ever called for holding.
I'm banking on the first option."Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod
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for god sake, dont let Gap know ..........................