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    Cool Rams give Seattle food for thought

    Rams give Seattle food for thought
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Tuesday, Oct. 05 2004

    While the Rams were making a 3,400-mile round trip to San Francisco for
    Sunday's game with the *****, the Seattle Seahawks were at home on the couch,
    watching games on TV in their bye week.

    In four days, the Rams begin another 3,000-plus mile trek to Seattle, to play
    the NFC West division-leading Seahawks, who not only are 3-0, and seven-point
    favorites, but have the league's No. 1-ranked defense.

    A tough task to be sure. But if nothing else, the Rams gave Seattle something
    to think about on several fronts with their impressive 24-14 victory over San
    Francisco. If Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren completed most of his game plan in
    the bye week, he'll have to make some adjustments based on what transpired at
    Monster Park.

    Offensively, the Rams were more balanced and a lot more diverse. Which Rams
    offense will show up Sunday in Seattle? The pass-happy group that lost to
    Atlanta and New Orleans? Or the unit that mixed the run with the pass
    effectively in victories over Arizona and San Francisco?

    After leaning heavily on Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and Marshall Faulk (when the
    Rams did decide to run) in the first three games, some new names got into the
    act against San Francisco. Bruce, Holt and Faulk have scored 185 touchdowns as
    "St. Louis" Rams. But against San Francisco, the Rams' three TDs were scored by
    Shaun McDonald, Joey Goodspeed and rookie Steven Jackson.

    "These are guys that we've been counting on" to contribute, Martz said. "This
    isn't the Isaac and Torry and Marshall Show. To be able to use all of those
    people is vital. They're integral parts of what you do offensively. It's very
    important. And it's hard on the (opposing) defense."

    When the Greatest Show on Turf was at its height from 1999 to 2001, it was the
    multiple options on offense that made the Rams so tough to defend.

    Jackson got 10 carries against the *****, a high in his young NFL career. When
    veteran Seattle defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes goes over the Rams' red zone
    offense, he'll have to spend at least a minute or two going over "20 Fullback
    Crunch" - the play on which Goodspeed scored his first NFL touchdown.

    Lost in the shuffle Sunday was the fact that Kevin Curtis replaced Dane Looker
    as the Rams' slot receiver in three wide-receiver sets. Curtis is healthy after
    a case of preseason shin splints and brings an added dimension of speed. He had
    three catches for 22 yards against San Francisco, two of which went for first
    downs in first-half TD drives.

    Martz also did some interesting things formation-wise, using a lot of two tight
    end sets early, but also mixing in some two-back sets employing Jackson and
    Faulk.

    The biggest wrinkle defensively was the sight of Leonard Little shifting from
    his usual left end spot to a standup "linebacker" spot in the middle on a few
    occasions.

    "Everybody in the last few weeks has turned their protection and double-teamed
    (Little) with two linemen," Martz said. "That's why he's not been as productive
    as you would expect.

    "So what we tried to do is move him around a little bit. I don't know how
    effective it was ... but we'll continue to experiment."

    Overall, Little had a productive evening, finishing with seven tackles, three
    hits on the quarterback, one sack and one fumble recovery. Those are the types
    of games the Rams need week in and week out from Little, their top defensive
    playmaker.

    After the ***** game, Martz dropped some not-so-subtle hints that more new
    wrinkles were on the way in the defensive scheme of coordinator Larry Marmie.

    "I want to continue to change some things on defense," Martz said. "I want to
    be aggressive and attack people, and not let them get in any kind of rhythm in
    terms of what we're doing. That's kind of the direction we're headed."

    Some aggressive early blitzing led to a half-sack by linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa
    - he shared it with defensive end Bryce Fisher. And it led to the sack by
    blitzing linebacker Tommy Polley that caused the fumble Little recovered.

    Up front, rookie defensive end Anthony Hargrove was worked into the rotation
    behind Fisher after not playing a down from scrimmage against New Orleans.

    "I thought Tony Hargrove did some nice things in the short time that he was in
    there," Martz said.

    Hargrove was flagged for illegal hands to the face on ***** quarterback Tim
    Rattay while chasing him out of the pocket. It was a silly penalty, but
    undismayed, Hargrove pursued hard down the line of scrimmage to drop running
    back Kevan Barlow for a 1-yard loss on the next play.



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    Re: Rams give Seattle food for thought

    A tough task to be sure. But if nothing else, the Rams gave Seattle something to think about on several fronts with their impressive 24-14 victory over San Francisco.
    Impressive win? Getting shut out the second half. Giving up 14 unanswered points in the second half. If the 9ers hadn't spotted the Rams 14 points off of stupid turnovers the Rams would have lost 14-10.

    Sorry, but I didn't think that was an impressive win at all. A win is a win, particularly on the road against a division rival. But they'll have to play a whole lot better than that in Seattle if they expect to win IMO.

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    Re: Rams give Seattle food for thought

    ah, the pride of confidence, lets hope your team think the same way.


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    Re: Rams give Seattle food for thought

    heh Dez nice to see you back mate!!! hope you had a good time...


    You know whats nice is the fact that different players are now getting in volved in this O, like what was being said..... Those players made us an O to be reckoned with, not just the Bruce, Holt Faulk show....I just hope they step up BIG sunday.....Jackson is going to be a star!!!!!!!! player


    steve :ramlogo:

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    Re: Rams give Seattle food for thought

    Sorry, but I didn't think that was an impressive win at all. A win is a win, particularly on the road against a division rival. But they'll have to play a whole lot better than that in Seattle if they expect to win IMO.
    Whatever dude; Just make sure your back here after the shesquawks loose Sunday to take your lumps. :tough:

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    Re: Rams give Seattle food for thought

    Quote Originally Posted by akseahawkfan
    Impressive win? Getting shut out the second half. Giving up 14 unanswered points in the second half. If the 9ers hadn't spotted the Rams 14 points off of stupid turnovers the Rams would have lost 14-10.

    Sorry, but I didn't think that was an impressive win at all. A win is a win, particularly on the road against a division rival. But they'll have to play a whole lot better than that in Seattle if they expect to win IMO.
    You obviously didn't watch the game. The Rams were in control througout, and could have blown out the Niners had they wished to do so. In fact, one of the Niner assistants expressed gratitude that the Rams elected not to run up the score.

    Whether a win - convincing or not - against the Niners proves anything is certainly worthy of debate. But make no mistake, the Rams dominated that game.

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    Re: Rams give Seattle food for thought

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMMAN68
    Whatever dude; Just make sure your back here after the shesquawks loose Sunday to take your lumps. :tough:

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