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    Rams Report Card

    Rams Report Card

    6 hours ago • BY JEFF GORDON

    Here are the grades for the St. Louis Rams after their gruesome 45-7 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday in London:

    QUARTERBACK: Sam Bradford hurled a 50-yard touchdown strike to rookie receiver Chris Givens to give the Rams a very short-lived 7-0 lead. He was generally accurate otherwise while completing 22 of 30 passes for 205 yards. He showed some toughness by coming back after a nasty body plant into the turf. But the Rams converted just three of nine third down plays. With the game out of hand, Bradford lofted an interception while getting sandwiched by two Patriots in the pocket. Back-up Kellen Clemens came in to hit rookie Brian Quick for a 39-yard strike . . . before contributing a red zone pick of his own. Mind you, this was a depleted Patriots secondary the Rams were trying to attack via the air. GRADE: D.

    RUNNING BACK: Steven Jackson, the subject of many NFL trade rumors, got just nine touches (seven rushes, two carries) for 45 yards. Rookie Daryl Richardson gained 53 yards on seven carries, but went nowhere (minus-3 yards) on his four catches. Rookie Isaiah Pead made the most of his garbage time, gaining 32 yards on three carries. Fans were glad to see he is still on the team. GRADE: B.

    RECEIVERS: Top target Danny Amendola pushed to return this week but ultimately sat out. The team missed him, again. Givens suffered a toe injury after his TD catch but came back into the game. He continued his string of games with 50-yard receptions. Brandon Gibson made one nice diving catch for a first down. Austin Pettis extended after one lateral reception and reached for the sticks. Quick had one big-play catch, but also dropped a potential big gainer and appeared to quit competing on Bradford’s interception. The Rams needed to put up points to stay in this game and their receivers didn’t create enough opportunities in the passing game. GRADE: C.

    TIGHT ENDS: Lance Kendricks (four catches, 32 yards), Matthew Mulligan (1 catch, 18 yards) and Mike McNeill (two catches, 12 yards got some work done in the passing game. But a lot of that came on nickel-and-dime stuff when the Rams needed bigger offensive plays. GRADE: C.

    OFFENSIVE LINE: The Rams missed injured starters Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells again. False start penalties and pass protection meltdowns put Bradford in untenable situations. Sam took two sacks, got punished after throws, was flagged for intentional grounding, threw an illegal forward pass while scrambling and threw an interception while getting hit. Such breakdowns in pass blocking overshadowed a generally solid job in run blocking. And seven points scored is seven points scored. GRADE: F.

    DEFENSIVE LINE: The front four never sacked Brady and seldom even pestered him during his four-TD performance. New England gashed the unit on the ground, too, rushing for 152 yards on 24 running back carries. There is no way to sugarcoat this. Chris Long, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers and Co. got manhandled. And these guys are supposed to be the foundation the Rams are rebuilding upon. GRADE: F.

    LINEBACKERS: The Rams were terrible against the run and pass, allowing 7.2 yards per play overall. Tight end Rob Gronkowski ran free all game, exploiting just about every member of the defense at one time or another. Fans might have noticed Jo-Lonn Dunbar making plays here and there – he was credited with 10 tackles in the press box statistics -- but overall the Patriots had their way with this unit, too. GRADE: F.

    SECONDARY: Poor Bradley Fletcher could not catch a break. The veteran cornerback got a little grabby and got flagged for three pass interference penalties – including a couple a more marginal violations that often get ignored in the NFL. He also had a chance at an end zone interception but failed to win the battle for the ball. The Patriots forced rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Quintin Mikell to play tag more than once. Jenkins is still green and the Rams safeties are still terrible in coverage. This game was a horror show from start to finish for the Rams defensive backs young and old. They didn't force turnovers and they didn't fare well in coverage. GRADE: F.

    SPECIAL TEAMS: Greg Zuerlein had one chance to wow English fans with his leg. But a high snap wiped out his 53-yard FG try. At the time, those points might have steadied the Rams a bit. Johnny Hekker had more luck with his punting than his holding, averaging 48.8 yards on four kicks. The Rams did fine with their kick coverage. They didn’t do much in the return game. GRADE: C-minus.

    COACHING: Jeff Fisher hoped that getting to England early would help. The Rams arrived in time to put in a full work week. He hoped they would be prepared to complete against this perennial power. After scoring on an their early TD bomb, the Rams played terrible football. The Patriots outplayed them and outcoached them every way imaginable. Bill Belichick seemed to relish his opportunity to rub it in, too. This loss will rank among the worst beatings in Fisher’s career. GRADE: F


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    Re: Rams Report Card

    D for Bradford? Get real

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    Re: Rams Report Card

    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk247 View Post
    D for Bradford? Get real
    Sam looked pretty comfortable playing against the Pats. However, that O-line looked pretty susceptible and the receivers played like hot garbage after the Givens TD.

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    Re: Rams Report Card

    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk247 View Post
    D for Bradford? Get real

    Agreed. Bradford was quite accurate, having a better completion percentage than Brady on the day. Sam was connecting on some really tight openings. Our receivers collective failure to get separation is getting more and more glaringly obvious each week. Countless times, Bradford was forced to check down on routes that weren't close to the first down marker, only to see the receivers swallowed up by defenders. Sam can't run the routes for them, he can only throw to where they are on the field.
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    Re: Rams Report Card

    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk247 View Post
    D for Bradford? Get real
    1 TD for the offense. What should he get?

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    Re: Rams Report Card

    Looking at the grades and what he observed, I think he meant a B for QB... not sure how the receivers can get a C and the QB who was pretty accurate can get a D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mh-i View Post
    1 TD for the offense. What should he get?
    I didn't realise Bradford was the whole offense. Bradford did well, but he had no help yesterday

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    Re: Rams Report Card

    Lance Kendricks is turning into a viable option. I'd like to see better blocking (he whiffs a lot) but he's improved significantly.

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    Re: Rams Report Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Looking at the grades and what he observed, I think he meant a B for QB... not sure how the receivers can get a C and the QB who was pretty accurate can get a D.
    The article has been updated today, and it still gives a D to the QB's.

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    Re: Rams Report Card

    I thought Bradford showed a lack of faith in this receivers. Whilst other QBs like Brees, Brady and Manning have enough trust to throw in their WRs in tight coverage Bradford doesn't. He doesn't trust them to make a play on the ball

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    Re: Rams Report Card

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBritishRam View Post
    I thought Bradford showed a lack of faith in this receivers. Whilst other QBs like Brees, Brady and Manning have enough trust to throw in their WRs in tight coverage Bradford doesn't. He doesn't trust them to make a play on the ball
    I mean...would you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBritishRam View Post
    I thought Bradford showed a lack of faith in this receivers. Whilst other QBs like Brees, Brady and Manning have enough trust to throw in their WRs in tight coverage Bradford doesn't. He doesn't trust them to make a play on the ball
    Thats because they don't

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    Re: Rams Report Card

    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk247 View Post
    Thats because they don't
    I wasn't knocking Bradford with that I was just stating facts.

    And yes you're quite right.

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    Re: Rams Report Card

    Sorry but marking Bradford as "D" is a total crock of dog doo doo or horse ****, take your pick.

    The markings should be

    QUARTERBACK: B

    RUNNING BACK: C


    RECEIVERS: D One of the picks (if not both) were down to the wide outs.

    TIGHT ENDS: C


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    Re: Rams Report Card

    Check downs. What check downs? When Bradford gets the ball he's already staring down the recipient.

    Bradford's clock is ticking faster. This guy will be damaged beyond repair before we go through the Western division again.
    Prepare to be amazed.

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