Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    r8rh8rmike's Avatar
    r8rh8rmike is offline Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    29 Palms, Ca.
    Age
    55
    Posts
    11,455
    Rep Power
    128

    Gordon: Latest Failure Was Pretty Basic

    Gordon: Latest Rams failure was pretty basic

    BY JEFF GORDON
    Monday, November 15, 2010

    Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo is striving to build his program upon power running and strong defense.

    So when his team fails in those areas, he has a problem. Sunday’s exasperating 23-20 overtime loss in San Francisco underscored that.

    Many peripheral issues spiced up this debacle. Huge penalty calls crippled both teams. Injuries depleted both sides.

    Near misses abounded, such as Sam Bradford’s would-be game-winning TD pass to tight end Daniel Fells, which slipped through his hands to the ground.

    Small mistakes, like Brandon Gibson’s failure to go north-south after watching two key passes, became large factors in the outcome. The Rams needed those first downs.

    But the loss really comes down to two haunting problems: 1) The Rams failed to sustain the run and, 2) they yielded too many big plays, many in difficult down-and-distance situations for the *****.

    Spagnuolo wants to build his team from the lines out. This team has invested huge dollars in the offensive line, both through the draft and free agency.

    The unit failed the Rams on Sunday. Sure, losing rookie tackle Rodger Saffold to an ankle injury was tough – but veterans like Jacob Bell and Jason Brown got tossed around out there.

    Steven Jackson saw few holes. There was a 10-yard draw play on one second-half drive, then 26- and 13-yard runs on the subsequent TD drive.

    Otherwise Jackson rushed 17 times for 32 yards.

    Since the Rams passing game is predicated on establishing the run to set up play-action throws, Bradford had amazing success despite this lack of ground support.

    Jackson’s early runs looked like this: 2, 1, 2, 3, 3, 1, 2, 9, -3, 3, 2 and 3 yards. How are the Rams supposed to win road games without a ground attack?

    In the end, the line failed to run block and pass block after the Rams won the coin toss and got the ball first in overtime.

    Fans want to blame the makeshift receiving corps for this loss, but there are no millionaires in that group. Everybody is accountable after this sort of loss, but you should start with the rich guys and work down from there.

    And then there was the Rams defense. Yeech!

    The Rams controlled running back Frank Gore for most of the game. They sustained pressure on quarterback Troy Smith, sacking him five times, chasing him out of the pocket often and repeatedly hitting him as he threw.

    However, the Rams failed to keep pass coverage downfield when Smith bought time with his feet. They allowed a marginal quarterback to throw for 356 yards.

    Sure, Smith deserves credit for making some epic throws under duress.

    Yes, we should all respect playmakers like Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree for rising to the occasion with big catches.

    Yes, you must remember the Rams missed safety James Butler and had other defensive backs playing hurt.

    But stout defense is supposed to be a Rams pillar. It must find ways to succeed. It can’t fail like this, especially with Spagnuolo tactically inclined to play the field position game.

    Why did Spags opt not to try a 52-yard field goal that could have produced a two-score lead? He didn’t want to risk giving San Francisco great field position. The Rams pinned the ***** with a punt instead.

    That decision made perfect sense given Spagnuolo’s coaching philosophy. He believed in his defense, which had earned big stops all day.

    The unit failed him late, though, as it did in Tampa. As a result, the Rams fell back into their familiar also-ran role. They blew their chance to take charge of the NFC Worst, er, West.

    So the Rams must regroup again. Spagnuolo and his staff must fix the cracks in their team foundation as best they can.

    The coaches must appeal to the pride of the offensive linemen the ***** mauled and the defensive backs they strafed.

    There is no time to coddle the victims. The schedule only gets tougher. The challenges only get bigger.

    Will the Rams cave, as they did last season, or will they fight on? Will they escape the gravitational pull of 1-15 or finally break free?


  2. #2
    dgr828's Avatar
    dgr828 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    THE GOLDEN STATE
    Posts
    1,917
    Rep Power
    15

    Re: Gordon: Latest Failure Was Pretty Basic

    Alot of people won't like this, but it's time for a change of pace in the Rams backfield. This was a chance for our Millionaire RB to get a quality win to cement his legacy as a Ram. Give the all the excuses you want, as always, the Rams Star players didn't get it done in the clutch. Bradford needs to learn that as QB it all fall on you shoulders. Give all the excuse you want (*SEE BULGER) the fact is YOU didn't get it done. Don't fall into the same trap as Steven Jackson's legacy. Put up nice numbers, but could never get a quality win. Bradford should try reading Davy & Goliath for some inspiration! Don't waste your legacy Bradford, Make your Mark now or sit down!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

  3. #3
    berg8309's Avatar
    berg8309 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    New Orleans
    Posts
    1,899
    Rep Power
    42

    Re: Gordon: Latest Failure Was Pretty Basic

    Quote Originally Posted by dgr828 View Post
    Alot of people won't like this, but it's time for a change of pace in the Rams backfield. This was a chance for our Millionaire RB to get a quality win to cement his legacy as a Ram. Give the all the excuses you want, as always, the Rams Star players didn't get it done in the clutch.
    You mean like that one-handed over-the-shoulder grab for 25 yards to set up the Rams to tie or win the game that Jackson made? 88 yards rushing and 137 total with 1 touchdown against a tough ***** defense (who are super tough against the run) is nothing to sneeze at. Jackson performed well, you can't break a 10 yard run every play. Who did not perform well was any player with a blue and gold jersey on that was pretending to cover somebody.

    Also, since when was game 9 of your rookie year the point at which a QB must cement his legacy or sit down? That is even more ridiculous than the weekly claims of Spagnolo having a career-defining game every week. I can't even describe how ridiculous a statement that is.
    Last edited by berg8309; -11-16-2010 at 11:25 AM.

  4. #4
    dgr828's Avatar
    dgr828 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    THE GOLDEN STATE
    Posts
    1,917
    Rep Power
    15

    Re: Gordon: Latest Failure Was Pretty Basic

    Quote Originally Posted by berg8309 View Post
    You mean like that one-handed over-the-shoulder grab for 25 yards to set up the Rams to tie or win the game that Jackson made? 88 yards rushing and 137 total with 1 touchdown against a tough ***** defense (who are super tough against the run) is nothing to sneeze at. Jackson performed well, you can't break a 10 yard run every play. Who did not perform well was any player with a blue and gold jersey on that was pretending to cover somebody.

    Also, since when was game 9 of your rookie year the point at which a QB must cement his legacy or sit down? That is even more ridiculous than the weekly claims of Spagnolo having a career-defining game every week. I can't even describe how ridiculous a statement that is.
    Spags is once again below .500 during the season. He's a defensive specialist and you let third string QB do you like that! (Troy Smith)
    When is the last time Steven Jackson had multiple scores rushing the football

    throughout his career? And how often?

    Bradford is a rook, for sure, but Quarterbacking in this league is all about make the most of oppotunities when they present themselves.

    Yeah, berg this may sound rediculous, but losing is no laughing matter!
    The failure to win games they should win is ridiculous! failure to win on the road...ridiculous!

    Let's stop with this team's losers mentality, IT'S RIDICULOUS!!!!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

  5. #5
    laram0's Avatar
    laram0 is offline Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Age
    57
    Posts
    9,221
    Rep Power
    108

    Re: Gordon: Latest Failure Was Pretty Basic

    As good as Sam Bradford has been for us he's not Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, yet.

    His day will come and it will be sooner than any of us could have predicted.

    IN SAM WE TRUST!

    GO RAMS!

Similar Threads

  1. Postgame Chat w/ Gordo
    By ScottD413 in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: -10-18-2009, 08:13 PM
  2. Gordo Live- Aug., 25th
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: -08-26-2008, 08:01 PM
  3. Gordo 2/4/08
    By ramsplaya16 in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: -02-04-2008, 07:01 PM
  4. Ask Gordo - 7-16-07
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: -07-17-2007, 07:21 AM
  5. Gordo's Chat
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: -05-31-2007, 04:04 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •