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    Rams Notebook: Too Little Time To Go For A TD, Coach Says

    Rams notebook: Too little time to go for a TD, coach says
    By Jim Thomas

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ó Seven seconds to play, down by three, ball on the 9, one timeout remaining. Do you go for the touchdown, or kick the field goal?

    Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo opted for the Josh Brown field goal, which sent Sunday's game against Jacksonville into overtime tied 20-20. The Rams never got their hands on the football again, because the Jaguars scored on the first possession of OT for a 23-20 victory.

    Why not take one last shot at the end zone at the end of regulation?

    "It was too close," Spagnuolo said. "We've worked it before ó 8 seconds we say we can (go for it). You would never want something to happen ó just couldn't take the chance. One more tick on the clock, I think you can throw one there. I think it was the right thing to do. I do."

    A 13-yard completion from quarterback Marc Bulger to tight end Randy McMichael put the Rams in position for no worse than a chip-shot field goal attempt, giving them a first down at the Jacksonville 9. Bulger spiked the ball on second down to stop the clock with 15 seconds left.

    On the next play, Bulger was pressured quickly, scrambled to his right, and threw the ball away. That sequence took eight seconds off the clock.


    The Rams are keeping their fingers crossed that wide receiver Donnie Avery's latest hip injury isn't a "replay" of a 2008 stress fracture that sidelined him for most of training camp as a rookie. Avery left Sunday's game with a left hip injury attempting to make a leaping sideline catch early in the second quarter. He was done for the day.

    "I just landed on the hip, the same hip I played on last year with a crack," Avery said. "The X-rays came out negative. I'm going to get an MRI in the morning. I'm just hoping for something positive and coming back out next week and playing."


    Defensive end James Hall suffered a groin injury that sidelined him in the fourth quarter and overtime. Nickel back Justin King also was done for the day with a groin injury he suffered in the second half.

    On the second play from scrimmage in overtime, cornerback Ron Bartell left after getting "dinged" in the head, and linebacker Will Witherspoon left with a hip and back injury.

    Tight end Daniel Fells and wide receiver Tim Carter briefly left in the second quarter after getting shaken up, but each missed only one play before returning.


    Jacksonville was cited for its football passion when awarded an expansion franchise in 1993 over St. Louis. There didn't seem to be much passion, and there certainly weren't many fans, on hand Sunday at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

    A total of 42,088 tickets were distributed for the contest, and the Jaguars have yet to draw as many as 50,000 fans to a home game this season. Every Jaguars game is expected to be blacked out this season, and one of the most frequent reasons cited for the lack of fan support is that the team isn't winning.

    But with Sunday's victory, the Jaguars are a respectable 49-40 over the last five-plus seasons, or since the start of the 2004 season. Over that same span, the Rams are 28-60.

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