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    Rams fail to finish fight

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Sep. 15 2008
    Since the start of training camp, Scott Linehan has talked about making a play,
    or maybe a defensive stop something that would be the spark. A "little magic"
    he called it, to end the losing and get the staggering Rams franchise back on
    its feet.

    And here it was. Five minutes into the fourth quarter, quarterback Marc Bulger
    threw deep to wide receiver Torry Holt in the end zone. New York Giants safety
    Kenny Phillips did everything but apply brass knuckles to prevent Holt from
    getting the ball.

    But Holt, incredibly, came down with the football, on his back, with Phillips
    desperately trying to wrestle it loose in the north end zone.

    "He was in a better position to go up for it," Holt said. "He tips it. I tip
    it. My thing was just keep it alive all the way to the end. The last time I
    tipped it, and it rolled off his back, I caught it and then I tried to roll
    over to stop him from getting it.

    "I'm taking my cleats, my legs, and I'm digging in the turf trying to get some
    power, some leverage to kind of take it from him. My thing was, I'm going to
    hold on to it as long as he does. Somebody's going to get tired. It ain't going
    to be me."

    Suddenly it was a ballgame with 10 minutes, 46 seconds remaining to play. The
    45-yard touchdown catch narrowed the Giants' lead to 20-13.

    That got the crowd into it in a big way at the Edward Jones Dome. Even more so
    when the Rams' kickoff coverage unit pinned the Giants back at the 18 on a
    jarring tackle by Chris Draft.

    Holt held on; his team didn't. With the game there for the taking, the Rams
    promptly took the rest of the day off. The defending Super Bowl champions
    scored three touchdowns over the next seven minutes to win going away 41-13. In
    the wreckage that is now an 0-2 start, the Rams have been outscored 79-16.

    "It's very shocking and disappointing that we're playing like this," running
    back Steven Jackson said.

    Shocking, as in a defense that has yielded nearly 1,000 yards in two games.

    "Wow," Holt said, shaking his head at that big number. "That's all I can say
    is, wow. They've got some cleaning up to do. And we've got to do a better job
    of trying to score some points."

    That's for sure. The St. Louis offense has yet to run a single play in the red
    zone this season. Holt's circus catch complete with juggling is the Rams'
    one and only TD this season.

    Their embattled head coach, Scott Linehan, was as angry as he has ever been
    after a loss. And you had to have your head up in the locker room afterward,
    because some furniture was flying. According to team sources, defensive end
    Leonard Little and wide receiver Dane Looker lit into their teammates after the
    game. Little was so mad he threw a chair.

    Linehan said very little to the team in the locker room afterward, but he got a
    lot off his chest during a rather bizarre postgame news conference that lasted
    less than four minutes. A brief sampler:

    "Bottom line, we can't expect to win games, playing the way we're playing, OK?"
    Linehan said. "Last week was different than this week. Even you guys would
    agree that for three quarters, maybe 3 quarters, we were right there.

    "But we didn't finish and they did. So I want to put that out there, OK? We
    have not had one red zone offensive play, OK? If you don't get the ball down
    there, you don't convert third downs and get down there, you can't expect to
    score touchdowns. You need to score touchdowns. It's lousy, OK?"

    Not OK, actually. On a day set up to honor late owner Georgia Frontiere, the
    Rams caved with the game on the line in the fourth quarter.

    So what's missing?

    "At this point, it's strictly a mindset," Jackson said. "Because I think
    everyone agrees, I think the New York Giants agree, that they were in a fight
    for three quarters. (But) I think that in the back of our minds, somewhere in
    our subconscious, we just feel like we can't pull it off. That's not how it
    works, and that's not how it needs to be. You have to have that confidence that
    we can fight and we can play with anybody."

    One of the major points of emphasis by Linehan this season was finishing games
    in the fourth quarter. The Rams, remember, were outscored 147 to 40 in the
    final quarter last season. Throughout training camp, the preseason, and even
    once the regular season began, two toots of the air horn near the end of
    practice signified the fourth quarter. Players responded by hoisting four
    fingers in the air, or with chants of "fourth quarter."

    But after Holt's big catch Sunday, the Giants marched 82 yards for a
    backbreaking score. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw's 18-yard reception from Eli
    Manning gave the Giants a 27-13 lead with 7:18 to play.

    "Plain and simple, we let the team down on defense," said linebacker Pisa
    Tinoisamoa, who was supposed to be covering Bradshaw. "We let our offense and
    special teams down. We fought so hard to stay in position, and that drive was
    really where it all caved in."


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    Re: Rams fail to finish fight

    Their embattled head coach, Scott Linehan, was as angry as he has ever been
    after a loss. And you had to have your head up in the locker room afterward,
    because some furniture was flying. According to team sources, defensive end
    Leonard Little and wide receiver Dane Looker lit into their teammates after the
    game. Little was so mad he threw a chair.
    It is good to see some anger out of Linehan and some of the players. At least some of them have some spark still in them.
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    Re: Rams fail to finish fight

    In all honestly, if Manning doesn't make two bad passes, we would have been down 21-3 very early, but even with those gifts, this defense still managed to give it away. The turning point in this game was when we pinned the Giants on their own 3 with a great punt by Donnie Jones, but then Haslett laid off and let the Giants march 97 yds for the TD. That was a backbreaker. He needed to go after them, but once again, he didn't. You can't sit back and hope for more bad passes from Manning.
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    Re: Rams fail to finish fight

    Their embattled head coach, Scott Linehan, was as angry as he has ever been
    after a loss. And you had to have your head up in the locker room afterward,
    because some furniture was flying. According to team sources, defensive end
    Leonard Little and wide receiver Dane Looker lit into their teammates after the
    game. Little was so mad he threw a chair.
    This is the best news so far this season.

    And that's depressing

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    Re: Rams fail to finish fight

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBritishRam View Post
    This is the best news so far this season.

    And that's depressing

    It's good to see some of the team leaders taking it personally.

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    Re: Rams fail to finish fight

    "At this point, it's strictly a mindset," Jackson said. "Because I think
    everyone agrees, I think the New York Giants agree, that they were in a fight
    for three quarters. (But) I think that in the back of our minds, somewhere in
    our subconscious, we just feel like we can't pull it off. That's not how it
    works, and that's not how it needs to be. You have to have that confidence that
    we can fight and we can play with anybody."


    Two years we have been outplayed in the fourth quarter I don't understand why he can't get those guys to play.
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    Re: Rams fail to finish fight

    This is a joke! Now they get mad and start throwing chairs. Its too late for that now! Its all a put on! Chair should have been thrown in camp. The Rams, What a bunch of Chumps!!
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