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    Rams ought to be somewhat improved

    Rams ought to be somewhat improved

    Sports Columnist Bernie Miklasz
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    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    09/12/2009

    I'm looking forward to the Rams' season opener at Seattle. After going 5-27 over the last two seasons, the organization begins a new era under rookie head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

    I won't put unrealistic expectations on this team, but we should see some improvement. In addition to avoiding injuries, finishing in the plus column on the turnover ratio and playing solidly on special teams, here are the Rams' keys for a competitive 2009 season:

    Man up against the NFC West: Over the last two seasons the Rams are 1-11 against the Seahawks, Cardinals and ***** and have lost those 11 games by an average of 15 points.

    Get Marc Bulger back in form: Over the last two seasons Bulger ranks 37th in completion percentage, 38th in passer rating, 34th in interception rate and 37th in touchdown rate among NFL quarterbacks. Bulger has taken a beating and has not had a good cast around him. But let's not make too many excuses for Bulger. In his last 13 games in which he's been sacked no more than two times, Bulger had a QB rating of 64.2. He needs to make more plays. Bulger should be helped this season by a more physical offensive line and a West Coast offense that will give him the chance to make quick throws. He'll improve ... but how much?

    Get a push up front: The Rams have made a hefty financial investment in their offensive line over the last two seasons. There's no excuse for poor overall play from this group.

    Get Steven Jackson rolling: He must go to the post for all 16 games. And he needs the football in his hands. In 2006, Jackson had 436 touches, second-most in the league, and led the NFL in yards from scrimmage. The Rams went 8-8. In two subsequent seasons, he had 275 and 293 touches, respectively. This is SJ39's team now. Keep him busy.

    Be respectable against the run: Over the past three seasons the Rams have been plundered for 6,646 yards rushing. You could line up 11 toll booths and be more effective in slowing running backs.

    Scheming up a pass rush: This was Spagnuolo's specialty in his days as a defensive coordinator. He learned from the master, the late Jim Johnson. The Rams have to find a way to make QBs uncomfortable.

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    Re: Rams ought to be somewhat improved

    I like I like I like..... God I am so pumped for the games tomorrow...

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    Re: Rams ought to be somewhat improved

    Nice how BM has 2 articles in 2 days. One blasts Bulger and complains that the Rams primary concern is money. The other tries to take an optimistic slant.

    That way, whatever happens on Sunday, BM can say, "see?"

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    Re: Rams ought to be somewhat improved

    Couldn't agree more. I think the only way we're going to have a chance, especially the first few games until our young WR's get rolling, is for SJ to carry the team 1 rush at a time.

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    Re: Rams ought to be somewhat improved

    We need to get Jackson rolling this week. If he doesn't have atleast 22 carries, that is why we're most likely going to lose. That is the key. Let them focus on Jackson, eventually we can go out to the speedy receivers.

    Another thing, we have to stop the Hawks. They don't have a top notch RB, but if we play like we have the past few seasons, it'll seem like they do. Stop the run and make Hasselbeck run for his life!

    I hope Chris Long opens the gates with a sack!
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    Devaney, if you care about this team... fire the offensive coordinator!!!!

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    Re: Rams ought to be somewhat improved

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Nice how BM has 2 articles in 2 days. One blasts Bulger and complains that the Rams primary concern is money. The other tries to take an optimistic slant.

    That way, whatever happens on Sunday, BM can say, "see?"
    I Lol'ed at your post, sir.


    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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    Re: Rams ought to be somewhat improved

    i think i would be happier without Bernie writing

    it doesnt take much insight to say that after we were terrible last year, we might be a little bit better this year

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    Re: Rams ought to be somewhat improved

    If we stay close early , unlike last years trip to seaville, we'll be alright.

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