Report Card: Not much action, so Jackson gets 'D'
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
09/17/2007

Grading the Rams after their 17-16 loss to the San Francisco *****:


QUARTERBACK

Bulger didn't see a couple of open receivers but otherwise did an admirable job, given the beating he took from the *****' pass rushers.

GRADE: A minus


RUNNING BACK

It looked like Jackson missed a couple of run reads, and some pass rushers on blitz pickup, as well.

GRADE: D


RECEIVERS

Holt's fumble through the end zone, plus drops by Bruce and Klopfenstein marred what otherwise was a strong day by the pass catchers.

GRADE: C+


OFFENSIVE LINE

Some rough moments on blitz pickup were expected, but ***** had too much inside penetration, particularly vs. the run.

GRADE: D


DEFENSIVE LINE

Rams were stout against the run with notable exception of Gore's second TD run; Ryan and J. Hall made their presence felt.

GRADE: A minus


LINEBACKER

Played more consistently than last week, even without injured Tinoisamoa (ankle), but made no big plays.

GRADE: C +


SECONDARY

***** had some success with crossing patterns over the middle, but depleted secondary played well; Bartell had a big sack.

GRADE: B +


SPECIAL TEAMS

Massey's recovery of muffed punt set up Rams' only TD; but blocking on kickoff returns was nonexistent, and D. Hall's muffed punt proved fatal.

GRADE: C minus


COACHING

Defense rebounded strongly from last week's second-half meltdown; offensively, why weren't there more passes over the middle to combat *****' edge blitzes?

GRADE: C minus