So the game was televised last night and no one mentioned it. Thanks a lot.
Look guys, to be up 19-7...We should have been able to maintain the lead and we didn't...Obviously there's something wrong there...It is so much more than just playcalling my friends, it is so much more...
We have a line constantly rotating and gaining no continuity due to injuries and new personnel practically every week, yet we wonder why there are breakdowns on those plays.
Otherwise, you might as well just say "well, I guess we can't do anything" and kneel on the ball every play and hope the clock runs out before you give up that 12 point lead.
I think our O line is better then a high school team. I know they are weak but they do put some drives together. They gave Gus all the time he needed when he hit Bruce for the TD.Quote:
Which is pretty difficult when you can't even count on your linemen to execute the basics.
As I said to tx, we have a line constantly rotating and gaining no continuity due to injuries and new personnel being shuffled in and out of the line-up practically every week. The talent is simply not there, nor is the experience of working beside each other and gaining that trust and communication with your teammate. These are some of the most essential parts of good offensive line play, and we're sorely missing them.
It's easy to say that Linehan needs to find plays his team can execute. Actually doing it with this line and line situation is a much harder task. There's not some magic playbook that will work with any line-up of players in the trenches, no matter the talent or the cohesiveness.
The sad thing is that, as you pointed out, as poorly as our line played we still had opportunities. Opportunities that in the second half were largely missed not because of playcalling errors but because of poor throws by our back-up quarterback. Go back and watch our offensive performance in the second half - on the last five of seven second half series, Frerotte misses open receivers in situations that could have resulted in first downs, extended drives, or in the case of the final drive, a game-winning touchdown.
Maybe Scott Linehan should have been calling plays that didn't require our QB to be accurate, though.
The differences in opinions on this subject are not going to change no matter how much explaining this, and deliberating that, takes place.
It's obvious that some of us watch Ram games with an ulterior motive. And that is to find reasons to have Linehan fired.
It doesn't matter what adjustments he makes (and he's making plenty of them due to injuries) he still cops it from either side.
Let me take a stroll back to weeks two through four, if I may, to validate my point. Linehan is firstly criticised in the 49er game for not calling running plays in the red-zone.
The next week, He runs on first and second down in endzone, we get stuffed, and he is criticised for bad playcalling. It is also during this week that it becomes evident that Bulger is suffering through a bout of broken ribs, and Steven Jackson goes down with an injury which prevents him from playing in the next four games.
Linehan now has an injured QB, an offensive line that is now minus three starters, and a rookie starting his very first game at tailback, going up against the premier team in the NFC (though I still think the Packers could have won today if Brett Favre was in the game.)
So what do you do? You aim to call plays that get the ball out of your quarterback's hands, and FAST, to prevent him from getting injured, whilst using your short passing game to compensate for a ground game that has been compromised by injury. The result? Short passes, and lots of them.
Due to injury sustained in the previous game, Bulger is not able to execute the plays called, that compensated for not only our inablity to protect him, but his existing condition and the lack of a proven tailback.
So what happens? Linehan gets criticised for calling "too many hitch plays"! WHAT'S HE GOING TO DO? There isn't another option there to compensate for all of those needs that were created by the bizarre amount of injuries to key players the Rams have suffered through.
I'll tell you, if I'm Scott Linehan, i'm copping it from all sides despite the fact that he is doing the best he can in the circumstances at hand. Somebody previously mentioned (Mike?) that we are in "uncharted territory" and they are absolutely correct.
At the moment, Linehan can't hit on anything with his critics. He couldn't even hit the water iff he fell out of the proverbial boat. (Just had to start and finish with Cliches:))
Sorry, but I'm not letting you get away with your pseudo-logic, guys.
Yes, the offensive line limits the types of plays that can be called to an extent. But when you start saying "well, our line can't even do the basics," you are essentially saying that there are no plays that would work. Really? Then how did the Rams have 175 yards and 19 points in the first half?
The reality is, even if your playbook is limited, as a playcaller you need to do 2 things (1) find the plays that have the best chance of working in light of the limitations, and (2) mix things up to a point where the opposition can't predict your plays as soon as you line up.
Linehan has failed in both regards repeatedly.
As for my motive... its the same as yours. To see the Rams improve.
I understand that the O line is decimated, but even when it wasn't Jackson can't run outside. Never has. He's been most successful between the tackles. He has never been an outside runner. You can say what you want about the sweep, but the only reason it worked is because he threw a pass to McMichael.
I've been lurking here for a while, but I finally had to register and say whats on my mind.
Scott Linehan is a great coach. He has kept this team in games week after week despite being in a complete no win situation with injuries. I think he is probably the best coach the Rams have had since John Robinson, and if the award was given for making the most of a bad situation, he would win NFL Coach of the Year this year!
If the Rams fire Linehn, I have no doubt he'll be a Head Coach somewhere else next year, and probably holding up the Lombardi Trophy before long. Then what will Slop say?
You know, I don't typically give negative rep for a poster's first effort, but that was so absurd I had to make an exception here.
Strike one, Linefan!