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    Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    By Jim Thomas

    Until the disaster that was New England, all seven Rams contests had been one-score affairs at some point in the fourth quarter. Win or lose, the coach Jeff Fisher’s club had played with energy, attitude, and focus. One could look at almost every area of the team and see improvement compared to recent seasons, particularly on defense.

    Then came that 45-7 loss to the Patriots at Wembley Stadium, in which the Rams were embarrassed across the board.

    Upon returning from their bye weekend Tuesday, the Rams will work on showing that New England was an aberration, not a sign of things to come. Easier said than done considering five of the remaining eight contests are on the road, where Fisher’s Rams have yet to win.

    The Rams open the second half at San Francisco, a Super Bowl contender and home of the league’s top-ranked defense. At the midpoint of 2012, here’s a look by position at what’s happened and what needs to happen.

    QUARTERBACK

    Despite all the preseason talk concerning the lingering effects of last season’s high-ankle sprain, it has not been an issue for Sam Bradford. In fact, he has shown escapability and even scrambling skills not seen previously by him as an NFL player.

    Whether it’s completion percentage (61.4), yards per attempt (7.2), or passer rating (82.4), his numbers are on pace to set career highs almost across the board. And that’s with issues and injuries at receiver and on the offensive line. Not to mention a schedule that included four top 10 defenses in the first five games.

    So Bradford clearly is playing better than he did last season, or in his 2010 offensive rookie of the year campaign. But it has not been anything approaching a breakout year so far, and in case you missed it, the Rams aren’t scoring many points. No matter what the restraints or mitigating circumstances, Bradford and the entire offense has to do a better job of finishing drives and getting touchdowns instead of field goals.

    RUNNING BACK

    The Rams were forced to get Daryl Richardson more involved in the offense when Steven Jackson was sidelined with a groin injury in Week 2, and the diminutive rookie from Abilene Christian has responded in a big way. For the first time since Jackson’s rookie year (2004), the Rams have a true one-two punch in the backfield, with Richardson’s speed adding a big-play element and Jackson’s power still an intimidating presence.

    Jackson hasn’t beefed about the reduced workload, so the potential exists for a dynamic running game over the final half of the season. There is still some fine-tuning that needs to be done in terms of who’s playing when, but that may be more of a feel thing for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer that develops on a weekly basis.

    After losing out to Richardson for the No. 2 job in the preseason, it has been difficult for rookie second-rounder Isaiah Pead to get on the field. He has been in for only 20 plays from scrimmage all season.

    WIDE RECEIVER

    Danny Amendola’s injury, Brian Quick’s ultra-slow start, and Austin Pettis’ two-game suspension to start the season have limited this group’s effectiveness and made it difficult to project where it’s headed. With his sizzling start, Amendola had the look of a true No. 1 receiver, playing quicker and faster than ever. If he comes close to recapturing that form over the second half of the season, it will provide a much-needed jolt of energy to the passing game.

    Even before Amendola went down, Chris Givens was starting to play more and has developed into a true deep threat. Givens has pushed his way into the top three at wideout along with Amendola and Brandon Gibson. Gibson has had a couple of costly drops, but also has a couple of highlight-reel grabs.

    That leaves Pettis, Quick, and Steve Smith all fighting for playing time as the No. 4. The Rams were hoping Quick’s big body would help in the red zone, but he’s been a non-factor so far getting about 12 snaps a game.

    TIGHT END

    When Troy Drayton caught 47 passes for 458 yards in 1995, the first season for the Rams in St. Louis, who knew it would be the best a Rams tight end would do in both receptions and yards in the Gateway City? Once again this season, the position isn’t overly involved in the passing game. Lance Kendricks hasn’t come close to duplicating his dazzling play during the 2011 preseason. But the second-year pro, with rare exception has cut down on the costly drops of his rookie campaign. If you throw it to him this year, he’ll catch it. He has been targeted 27 times this season and has 20 catches, which is a very good batting average. Getting Kendricks more involved in the passing game would be ideal, but he frequently stays in to help block.

    Blocking specialist Matthew Mulligan is an upgrade over predecessor Billy Bajema, and occasionally surprises defenses with a catch. Local product Mike McNeill hasn’t played much on offense — he’s averaging about 8-9 snaps a game.

    OFFENSIVE LINE

    The Rams have won three NFC West titles in St. Louis — 1999, 2001, and 2003 — and out of 240 combined o-line starts in those years, the first unit made 235 starts. Now that’s continuity. As for the 2012 Rams, well, they’ve already had three starting left tackles, three starting left guards, and two starting centers. There have been four different line combinations, and nine players have started at least once. That’s the opposite of continuity.

    Through it all, the line has done a representative job. After getting sacked 11 times in his first three games, Bradford has been dropped only 12 times in the past five. The running game is averaging a healthy 4.2 yards per carry. In short, if they awarded an offensive line coach of the year award, Paul Boudreau would be a leading candidate. With LT Rodger Saffold (knee) and C Scott Wells (foot) on their way back to the lineup sometime this month, there will be even more shuffling. It’s been that kind of year.

    DEFENSIVE LINE

    One of the biggest surprises of the first half of 2012, is the relatively modest amount of blitzing by this defense. To a large degree, the Rams have relied on their front four to pressure the quarterback, and the results so far have been good but not great.

    With the obvious and somewhat strange exception of New England, ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long have performed as expected with 11 sacks between them. Quinn has seven of those 11, already surpassing his entire rookie season’s total by two. After a so-so start, free-agent pickup Kendall Langford has shown progress at tackle, making the adjustment from a 3-4 end at Miami. First-round draft pick Michael Brockers missed the first three games with a high-ankle sprain, but is settling in at the other tackle spot. A more consistent inside push is needed, but the Rams are not disappointed in their tackle play so far this season. Free-agent pickup William Hayes has quietly been an effective rotation player.

    LINEBACKER

    James Laurinaitis is in his familiar perch as the team’s tackling leader with 87 stops through eight games. So he’s as active as ever, and playing about 8 to 10 pounds lighter than last year, has shown more range. So far, however, he hasn’t had as many impact plays as earlier seasons, although part of that may be due to more coverage responsibilities and deeper drops when the Rams are in a Cover 2 shell.

    Newcomer Jo-Lonn Dunbar has given the Rams their most effective outside linebacker play in several seasons. While opponents occasionally take advantage of his aggressiveness, his intense, feisty play is a good fit for this scheme and this coaching staff. He has proven to be the most effective blitzer on the team with three sacks. In this day of three- and four-wide receiver sets, strongside linebacker has become almost a part-time position. Rocky McIntosh has been OK there, but Josh Hull got the start against New England and the pair split time last Sunday.

    SECONDARY

    Has there been a more valuable free-agent addition across the league than cornerback Cortland Finnegan? He leads the team in interceptions (3), one of which he returned for a touchdown in the season opener. He’s a sure tackler, and was at his agitating best when he goaded Joshua Morgan into an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that preserved victory over Washington. When it comes to attitude and preparation, Finnegan sets the tone for a young secondary.

    Teams started throwing more at Janoris Jenkins, beginning with the victory over Arizona. After an excellent start to his rookie season Jenkins has struggled during the Rams’ current three-game losing streak, getting beaten on four TD passes. Until he shows better technique and focus, Jenkins can expect plenty of footballs thrown his way. Safeties Quintin Mikell and Craig Dahl have been good against the run; in particular Mikell has played well in the box. But the Patriots exposed some liabilities in coverage.

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    It looked like a huge gamble last spring when the Rams decided to go with a rookie punter and kicker. But with rare exception, the kicking game has been one of the strongest, most consistent areas on the team under kicker Greg Zuerlein and punter Johnny Hekker. When he’s not throwing TD passes on fake field goals, Hekker is among the league leaders in gross punting and net punting. Other than the Miami game, Zuerlein has been just short of amazing on field goals; he’s also among the league leaders in touchbacks on kickoffs. Despite facing a run of elite returners, the coverage units have been solid.

    The only negative is the return game, which has left a lot to be desired. Losing Amendola to injury threw a wrench into the punt return game. On kickoff returns, Pead and Givens have split duties with Givens a little more effective. But the team doesn’t have a kickoff return longer than 36 yards, and ranks in the bottom fourth of the league with a 21.0-yard average.


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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    " No matter what the restraints or mitigating circumstances, Bradford and the entire offense has to do a better job of finishing drives and getting touchdowns instead of field goals."

    Other teams that haven't been gutted by years of bad personnel decisions & multiple scheme/coaching changes lose one or two players & there's much handwringing about how it has negatively impacted one unit or another. But The Rams should, apparently, just overcome the "big picture" stuff in general & this year's specific issues like losing their most productive WR and 3/5 of the OL, including both first and second string LTs. Uh-huh.....right.

    Statements like this are just flabbergasting. So is the "only" in that sentence about Bradford being sacked 13 times in 5 games. That's dreadful pass pro by NFL-wide standards. Just because it isn't as dreadful as in prior years doesn't make it good. Personally, I think Bradford is making them look a lot more competent than they are.

    There certainly have been disappointing/radically uneven performances by some players that merit criticism. Two that got missed here,imo, are Fletcher who was an unsung hero early on but has collapsed lately and the failure of Darien Stewart to usurp Dahl who is a Pisa-like tackling machine but Buckners every chance to make a key defensive play with his hands.

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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    There is no easy fix to the mess ther Rams were in from inept drafting and coaching....There is no miracle that will be the 98 to 99 Rams. It will take a few strong drafts and upgrades to get us where we need to be. But, we have seen progress from this year to last......

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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    Quote Originally Posted by macrammer View Post
    There is no easy fix to the mess ther Rams were in from inept drafting and coaching....There is no miracle that will be the 98 to 99 Rams. It will take a few strong drafts and upgrades to get us where we need to be. But, we have seen progress from this year to last......
    Agreed. Gotta remember, though, that Vermeil took over in '97.It certainly clicked in a special way in '99 but there was a process, a creation of environment that promoted um.... clicking. Hopefully, that's what's happening.

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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Azul e Oro View Post
    Agreed. Gotta remember, though, that Vermeil took over in '97.It certainly clicked in a special way in '99 but there was a process, a creation of environment that promoted um.... clicking. Hopefully, that's what's happening.

    I believe it was Rodney Harrison "clicking" with Trent Green's leg that put us over the top.

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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    Boudreau has done an unbelievable job with our O-line.

    The biggest issue for me is the lack of scoring by our offense.
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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

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    Danny Amendola’s injury, Brian Quick’s ultra-slow start, and Austin Pettis’ two-game suspension to start the season have limited this group’s effectiveness and made it difficult to project where it’s headed. With his sizzling start, Amendola had the look of a true No. 1 receiver, playing quicker and faster than ever. If he comes close to recapturing that form over the second half of the season, it will provide a much-needed jolt of energy to the passing game.

    Even before Amendola went down, Chris Givens was starting to play more and has developed into a true deep threat. Givens has pushed his way into the top three at wideout along with Amendola and Brandon Gibson. Gibson has had a couple of costly drops, but also has a couple of highlight-reel grabs.

    That leaves Pettis, Quick, and Steve Smith all fighting for playing time as the No. 4. The Rams were hoping Quick’s big body would help in the red zone, but he’s been a non-factor so far getting about 12 snaps a game.
    Quote from another forum on Brian Quick:

    tbux

    A good friend of mine is good friends with Mark Carrier- former NFL wr and All Pro with the TB Bucs. Went to Nicholls State - really nice guy - still lives in Tampa - does a radio show and coaches youth football - met him a number of times- played golf as well with him. My conversation with Carrier and others (Alvin Harper was another I spoke to about some of this) confirmed that the change from college to the pros is amazingly tough.

    I asked him a long time ago about the mental side of the NFL- and he said at this level - it is mostly mental – as everyone has talent - obviously some more than others, but that the mental side of the game is king. HEesaid when he first got to his first camp- he was full of confidence after playing at a high level in college. He said on his first day of practice - it all changed in an instant. Every corner he was up against was dominating him, and taunting him. He couldn't believe the speed difference and was overwhelmed. He said this is common - that all QBs and WRs in particular go through this - and after years in the league - he and the other vet wrs would place bets on which rookie wrs would make it and which wouldn't be able to handle it. What he was referring to was how most wrs are very brash and confident, having always dominated at the college level. Once they are humbled - 3 things happen:

    1)They use it as motivation, practice and study as hard as possible to get back to the level they want.

    2) They shut down for a while and slowly build their confidence over time.

    3) They completely shut down and never make it. His favorite story was JJ Stokes- a super talented wr from UCLA - I remember him well, he was one of the best wrs I ever saw in college. When he got to SF, he simply could not handle the NFL – and his time there culminated with his being spat upon by Romanowski. He was simply overwhelmed mentally - and could never overcome it despite his considerable physical talents.

    So Carrier’s bets with the vets were based upon which category each would fall into. He said they were almost always wrong - you could never really tell. (This is really surprising to me) He did say it was rare that for the great ones not to emerge quickly, outwork everyone, and become dominant again. He said the transition is very tough and very humbling. Some get the money- and just don't think its worth it because they know how much work it will take to get back to the top of the mountain, as they never had to work that hard before. Others loved the challenge.

    Which leads me to Quick- it is apparent he is overwhelmed- right now I think he looks lost out there- that interception - he was simply lost- frozen - and didn't even react to it. I think he will do little this year, and in the offseason either completely dedicate himself mentally and get after it, or he won’t, and we will know early on in which category he falls. I think he will come in next year ready to go mentally, that is my hunch. I hope I am wrong about the rest of this year - I think we will see small flashes of what he can do - but there will be ton of uncertainty and mistakes. He isn’t there mentally yet or even close. At App St., he was the man, if you watch the clips of him then, he looks brash, and confident. I think the learning curve and speed of the game has so far overwhelmed him mentally.


    Brian Quick has got to start scaring defenses. Right now, he's only scaring our receivers coach and probably Sam too. I realize some receivers need more seasoning than others before they are able to make significant contributions, but we could sure as hell could use him now. Brian is faster than people think. I watched him run a 4.46 forty at the combine, and at the forty yard mark he was still accelerating, had it been 50 yds or more he would have been going even faster. It is apparent Brian is struggling so far. Sure would be nice if the light suddenly goes on for him. His physical talents are superb, but they need to somehow get in sync with his brain - sooner than later ..

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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post
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    Quote from another forum on Brian Quick:

    tbux

    A good friend of mine is good friends with Mark Carrier- former NFL wr and All Pro with the TB Bucs. Went to Nicholls State - really nice guy - still lives in Tampa - does a radio show and coaches youth football - met him a number of times- played golf as well with him. My conversation with Carrier and others (Alvin Harper was another I spoke to about some of this) confirmed that the change from college to the pros is amazingly tough.

    I asked him a long time ago about the mental side of the NFL- and he said at this level - it is mostly mental – as everyone has talent - obviously some more than others, but that the mental side of the game is king. HEesaid when he first got to his first camp- he was full of confidence after playing at a high level in college. He said on his first day of practice - it all changed in an instant. Every corner he was up against was dominating him, and taunting him. He couldn't believe the speed difference and was overwhelmed. He said this is common - that all QBs and WRs in particular go through this - and after years in the league - he and the other vet wrs would place bets on which rookie wrs would make it and which wouldn't be able to handle it. What he was referring to was how most wrs are very brash and confident, having always dominated at the college level. Once they are humbled - 3 things happen:

    1)They use it as motivation, practice and study as hard as possible to get back to the level they want.

    2) They shut down for a while and slowly build their confidence over time.

    3) They completely shut down and never make it. His favorite story was JJ Stokes- a super talented wr from UCLA - I remember him well, he was one of the best wrs I ever saw in college. When he got to SF, he simply could not handle the NFL – and his time there culminated with his being spat upon by Romanowski. He was simply overwhelmed mentally - and could never overcome it despite his considerable physical talents.

    So Carrier’s bets with the vets were based upon which category each would fall into. He said they were almost always wrong - you could never really tell. (This is really surprising to me) He did say it was rare that for the great ones not to emerge quickly, outwork everyone, and become dominant again. He said the transition is very tough and very humbling. Some get the money- and just don't think its worth it because they know how much work it will take to get back to the top of the mountain, as they never had to work that hard before. Others loved the challenge.

    Which leads me to Quick- it is apparent he is overwhelmed- right now I think he looks lost out there- that interception - he was simply lost- frozen - and didn't even react to it. I think he will do little this year, and in the offseason either completely dedicate himself mentally and get after it, or he won’t, and we will know early on in which category he falls. I think he will come in next year ready to go mentally, that is my hunch. I hope I am wrong about the rest of this year - I think we will see small flashes of what he can do - but there will be ton of uncertainty and mistakes. He isn’t there mentally yet or even close. At App St., he was the man, if you watch the clips of him then, he looks brash, and confident. I think the learning curve and speed of the game has so far overwhelmed him mentally.


    Brian Quick has got to start scaring defenses. Right now, he's only scaring our receivers coach and probably Sam too. I realize some receivers need more seasoning than others before they are able to make significant contributions, but we could sure as hell could use him now. Brian is faster than people think. I watched him run a 4.46 forty at the combine, and at the forty yard mark he was still accelerating, had it been 50 yds or more he would have been going even faster. It is apparent Brian is struggling so far. Sure would be nice if the light suddenly goes on for him. His physical talents are superb, but they need to somehow get in sync with his brain - sooner than later ..
    I heard Isaac Bruce talk about Quick last week, Bruce went to London with the team. He said when you look at him he has all the skill sets and physically is the real deal.

    He also talked about how it took him time to learn the game at this level.

    "It took me about eight weeks before I really knew what was going on, from a playbook standpoint," said Bruce, "and I think Mr. Quick might be on that same program."

    Maui you mentioned the speed of Quick and every time Bradford goes to him deep it seems to me he under throws him or throws in behind him. I just think like with Givens early, Bradford just underestimates his speed and range to get to the ball. My hope is Sam does for him like he did for Givens and Danny and that is make time to workout with him after practice and during the off season. The two of them just don't seem to have the timing down at all. Bradford has targeted him 15 times and three have ended up as INT's. That's says it all.
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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    Quote Originally Posted by DE_Ramfan View Post
    I believe it was Rodney Harrison "clicking" with Trent Green's leg that put us over the top.
    Lol... the click heard around the football world. Fair enough; that was a gift from the football gods. Still, even the grocery clerk had to have someone to throw to & to protect him & quite a few of those guys were added in '97 and '98.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    Boudreau has done an unbelievable job with our O-line.

    The biggest issue for me is the lack of scoring by our offense.
    Not sayin' it's Boudreau's fault but it's a fact that The Rams OL is not protecting Sam well. Although on pace to do slightly better than last year's NFL worst mark of 55/114 for QB sacks/hits, The Rams are at 23/46 after 8 games.

    I don't see how you separate the lack of scoring from QB protection/runblocking. Time & again, drives are snuffed out in the red zone because of it. It's certainly not the only problem but it's a huge part of it,imo.

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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    I heard Isaac Bruce talk about Quick last week, Bruce went to London with the team. He said when you look at him he has all the skill sets and physically is the real deal.

    He also talked about how it took him time to learn the game at this level.

    "It took me about eight weeks before I really knew what was going on, from a playbook standpoint," said Bruce, "and I think Mr. Quick might be on that same program."

    Maui you mentioned the speed of Quick and every time Bradford goes to him deep it seems to me he under throws him or throws in behind him. I just think like with Givens early, Bradford just underestimates his speed and range to get to the ball. My hope is Sam does for him like he did for Givens and Danny and that is make time to workout with him after practice and during the off season. The two of them just don't seem to have the timing down at all. Bradford has targeted him 15 times and three have ended up as INT's. That's says it all.
    More practice on timing for sure. Good point about Givens, it took Sam some time to get in sync with Givens' speed. On Brian's end, he needs to learn the complete route trees he'll be asked to run combined with last second changes dictated at the LOS (what opposing defenses show), seeing the same thing Sam does - then being where Sam expects him to be - breaking off routes - coming back to Sam, to the ball, etc. For Sam to have confidence in him, he has to prove he's got the mental stuff down pat. We sure could use Brian being on his game in Whiner land ..
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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    I heard Isaac Bruce talk about Quick last week, Bruce went to London with the team. He said when you look at him he has all the skill sets and physically is the real deal.

    He also talked about how it took him time to learn the game at this level.

    "It took me about eight weeks before I really knew what was going on, from a playbook standpoint," said Bruce, "and I think Mr. Quick might be on that same program."

    Maui you mentioned the speed of Quick and every time Bradford goes to him deep it seems to me he under throws him or throws in behind him. I just think like with Givens early, Bradford just underestimates his speed and range to get to the ball. My hope is Sam does for him like he did for Givens and Danny and that is make time to workout with him after practice and during the off season. The two of them just don't seem to have the timing down at all. Bradford has targeted him 15 times and three have ended up as INT's. That's says it all.
    Are you sure it's Sam's fault on those long balls ? Maybe sometimes but I suspect Quick is not consistently where he's supposed to be. Anything over 10-15yds & the QB is throwing to a spot he has to guesstimate the WR will be, not at a target, right ? Sometimes not even that far. I remember that little slant that went behind BQ in the London game. Even Phil Simms thought it was off target & so did a few fans here after the game. But Fisher said that Quick ran his route too um....quickly. Appearances can deceive & Sam is hitting Givens enough for me to believe this is BQ's problem, not Sam's.

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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Azul e Oro View Post
    Are you sure it's Sam's fault on those long balls ? Maybe sometimes but I suspect Quick is not consistently where he's supposed to be. Anything over 10-15yds & the QB is throwing to a spot he has to guesstimate the WR will be, not at a target, right ? Sometimes not even that far. I remember that little slant that went behind BQ in the London game. Even Phil Simms thought it was off target & so did a few fans here after the game. But Fisher said that Quick ran his route too um....quickly. Appearances can deceive & Sam is hitting Givens enough for me to believe this is BQ's problem, not Sam's.
    I think Rambos is commenting more on the deep throws, Sam and Givens definitely had problems hooking up on deep throws early on. They seem to be on the same page now thankfully. Couldn't agree more about Brian needing to be where Sams expects him to be. Obviously in this league, QBs consistently throw the ball to a spot before wrs even come out of their breaks. Quick needs to know when to break off his routes, particularly when he becomes the hot read in blitzing situations. I don't think there's much doubt his deficiencies in this area are what has limited his playing time so far.

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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Azul e Oro View Post
    Are you sure it's Sam's fault on those long balls ? Maybe sometimes but I suspect Quick is not consistently where he's supposed to be. Anything over 10-15yds & the QB is throwing to a spot he has to guesstimate the WR will be, not at a target, right ? Sometimes not even that far. I remember that little slant that went behind BQ in the London game. Even Phil Simms thought it was off target & so did a few fans here after the game. But Fisher said that Quick ran his route too um....quickly. Appearances can deceive & Sam is hitting Givens enough for me to believe this is BQ's problem, not Sam's.
    Am I sure? No, are they in sync no. I agree a QB is throwing to an area but that goes back to my point. He has not worked enough with Quick to really now how much ground he can cover. Appearances can be deceiving for sure but Quick and Given are two different types of receivers and both have speed but it's not the same type of speed.

    The bottom line is my hope Bradford is takes the time to work with Quick to help the kid develop.

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    Re: Rams at the midpoint: Some progress, some problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Am I sure? No, are they in sync no. I agree a QB is throwing to an area but that goes back to my point. He has not worked enough with Quick to really now how much ground he can cover. Appearances can be deceiving for sure but Quick and Given are two different types of receivers and both have speed but it's not the same type of speed.

    The bottom line is my hope Bradford is takes the time to work with Quick to help the kid develop.
    Sorry but I think that is illogical. The guy is either in the right spot or he isn't. It isn't up to the QB to gauge how fast he's running any particular route on any specific play. It is the WR's responsibility to be consistent in when he gets there & exactly where "there" is.

    Am I claiming that Sam is a 100% accurate passer on every throw ? Of course not. But Bradford's accuracy has been favorably assessed by every pro evaluator I've read except for ding-a-lings like Jaworski, we've seen it with Givens for all but a couple of games this year ( and you overstate Sam's part in the early connection issues with Givens; CG was at fault on several of those failed bombs,too,imo), we've seen him connect accurately & consistently with Clayton, Amendola, and Lloyd. At what point do you have to admit that the preponderance of evidence is that Sam's WRs need to rise to HIS level of consistency, not the other way around.

    And while I'm sure that the Rams are trying to help BQ with all the extra work they can but the reality is they have only two or three practices a week to prep a gameplan. There is a limit to how much remedial work you can do during the season. It's up to BQ to get his own act together mentally & physically take advantage of the chances he gets.

    Bottom line for me, blame the guys who picked him at a spot where NFL readiness is a big factor, blame the coaches for not getting him ready in the OTAs/TC, blame BQ for not getting his head straight , but stop making Bradford culpable for his struggles in any meaningful way. There is not only any proof that Sam is inaccurate consistently at any distance when throwing to guys who play with NFL consistency,imo. Quite the opposite,in fact.

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