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Korte Blog/ report card
October 27, 2008
Injury update: Jackson "should be ready to go''
Running back Steven Jackson is expected to play this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, Rams coach Jim Haslett said on Monday.
“Steven should be ready to go this week,’’ Haslett said. “He looked good today.’’
Jackson, who has a strained quad muscle in his right leg, was inactive for the Rams’ game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Jackson was scratched after working out during pregame warmups at Gillette Stadium. “It was questionable yesterday,’’ Haslett said. “It grabbed a little bit, and we thought it was the best thing for him to sit out and get him ready for this game.’'
-- Defensive end Leonard Little has a strained hamstring muscle. “We’ll see how he goes in practice in this week to determine whether he’ll play or not play,’’ Haslett said.
-- Defensive tackle Adam Carriker’s availability against the Cardinals is up in the air. “I’d would say he is still questionable, probably 50-50,’’ Haslett said of Carriker, who has a low ankle sprain.
-- Tight end Joe Klopfenstein has a torn ligament in his wrist. Haslett said Klopfenstein has been playing with the injury, and he’ll probably continue playing with a cast or a brace on it.
-- Cornerback Tye Hill is expected to take part in practice this week. Hill has been sidelined for three games with a knee injury.
-- Wide receiver Drew Bennett will start running this week, so he’s probably at least another week or so away from returning from a broken foot.
October 26, 2008
Report card: Rams beaten, but not embarrassed
Here's how the Rams graded out in their 23-16 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday:
Marc Bulger threw for 301 yards, his first game with more than 200 passing yards this season. Bulger was accurate early, but he was harassed a lot in the second half. Feeling the pressure, he rushed several short passes.
Antonio Pittman is no Steven Jackson, but he proved that he can be a serviceable backup. Coming off a leg injury, Pittman ran for 83 yards on 19 carries. So much for the running-by-committee approach as Travis Minor only had four carries and Kenneth Darby’s lone carry was erased by a holding penalty.
This grade is due to one guy — Donnie Avery, who had six receptions for 163 yards. Avery’s 69 yards touchdown reception was the Rams’ longest pass play since Jamie Martin threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis against Jacksonville in 2005.
Offensive line: This was a disappointing performance from a group that had played better the previous two weeks. Alex Barron got manhandled by Adalius Thomas on a sack and Richie Incognito had a costly false start penalty that turned a third-and-10 into a third-and-15 late in the fourth quarter. The Rams also were flagged three times for holding.
The Rams didn’t get consistent pressure on Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel. Losing Leonard Little to a hamstring injury in the first half probably had a lot to do with that. Rookie Chris Long had two sacks, his first multi-sack game, and Eric Moore came off the bench to get five tackles and a sack. Clifton Ryan made a great play to throw the Patriots for a loss on a fourth-and-1 run.
Will Witherspoon wasn’t enough of a factor in containing the Patriots’ running game. Pisa Tinoisamoa had fairly tight coverage on the game-winning touchdown catch by Kevin Faulk, but he may have been able to break up the play if he’d gotten his head turned around and seen the ball.
Fakhir Brown dropped an interception in the first half, but he made amends by tipping a pass that was intercepted by Oshiomogho Atogwe and then registering his own interception. Jason Craft had a team-high 10 tackles according to the press box statistics.
Punter Donnie Jones had been so consistent that his bad day comes as a real surprise. He averaged only 40.8 yards per punt.
There were other problems on special teams, including three penalties for 40 yards and kicker Josh Brown having to make a diving touchdown-saving tackle on a kickoff return.
What was Dante Hall thinking as he danced around the back of the end zone letting precious seconds run off the clock near the end of the game?
By going for it on fourth-and-1 in their own territory on their first possession and executing an on-side kick to open the second half, the Rams showed how they are taking a playing-to-win approach under Jim Haslett instead of the playing-not-to-lose approach that we saw too often under Scott Linehan.
The Rams stood toe-to-toe with the Patriots for four quarters despite missing their best player.
Three weeks ago, the Rams would gladly have taken a moral victory, so the fact that they were disappointed with this loss is evidence of how far they’ve come in such a short time.
Re: Korte Blog/ report card
With those grades given one would think we never had a chance in the game.
Grade for the officiating crew: F-
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