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    BY JEFF GORDON | Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 12:20 am

    QUARTERBACK: Sam Bradford missed the game due to his persistent high ankle sprain. This was probably for the best, since the nagging injury spared him three more hours of physical and emotional abuse. Back-up A.J. Feeley stepped in and bravely took the hit for the team. His second-quarter fumble handed the ***** an easy field goal and his best opportunity to deliver points ended with an interception. He absorbed four sacks and was kept in position to fail all day. Fans clamoring for him to start ahead of Bradford due to that inexplicable Saints victory will pipe down now. GRADE: D.

    RUNNING BACK: San Francisco has the NFLís top-ranked rush defense. The Rams started a makeshift offensive line in this game. The resulting math: Just 38 yards combined for Steven Jackson and Jerious Norwood on 21 carries. Jackson also had an 11-yard catch. The highlight for the group was FB Brit Millerís 18-yard reception. Alas, itís hard to produce offense in the NFL without some blocking. GRADE: D.

    RECEIVERS: Star-crossed Danario Alexander finally recovered from the hamstring strain suffered back on Oct. 23. That didnít help much. Brandon Lloyd made an acrobatic 34-yard catch, but otherwise the group didnít distinguish itself. Then again, the WRs didnít get much opportunity to shine when the quarterback didn't have time to throw. GRADE: D.

    TIGHT ENDS: Did they even play in this game? The TEs remained invisible in the passing game and they didnít make a mark in run blocking either. Sad. GRADE: F.

    OFFENSIVE LINE: OTs Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith are out for the year. Fill-in OT Mark LeVoir (pectoral muscle) remained sidelined, forcing utility lineman Adam Goldberg to start at left tackle, center Jason Brown at to start at right guard, and guard Harvey Dahl to start at right tackle. The results were disastrous. The Rams couldnít move the pile in their ground game and they broke down in pass protection as well. The ***** simply obliterated this front. The team might want to hire counselors to help these players recover from the haunting video reviews. GRADE: F.

    DEFENSIVE LINE: DE Chris Long played on a bum ankle and still earned a couple of sacks. DT Justin Bannan came back from his shoulder injury and helped inside against the run. The group delivered an impressive goal line stand in the second quarter and made several nice stops while holding San Francisco to a 9-0 halftime lead. Unfortunately, the ***** offense kept coming onto the field . . . and in time the Rams defensive front wore down. These guys are only human. GRADE: C.

    LINEBACKERS: MLB James Laurinaitis scored a nice blitz sack coming up the middle and stayed busy all game. The press box statistical sheet credited him with nine tackles. The Rams were stout against the run early on. But, again, the group wore out after spending way too much time on the field. And Ben Leberís release earlier this week signaled another ďfailĒ for the offseason effort to upgrade at OLB. GRADE: C.

    SECONDARY: The loss of S Darian Stewart (concussion) was a huge blow to the unit. Craig Dahl stepped in to replace him. He was fine against the run Ė earning 10 tackles overall, according to press box statistics Ė but vulnerable to the deep pass. That was notable because CBs Justin King and Josh Gordy got burned on long balls. QB Alex Smith is no Joe Montana, but he posted a 142.3 passer rating against the Rams defense. Ouch! GRADE: F.

    SPECIAL TEAMS: The Rams kept ***** return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. in check, so that was a plus. Punter Donnie Jones was sore this week, but he managed to pin one of his eight punts inside the 20 without taking any touchbacks. Nor did he ever outkick his coverage. If he put the ball in the wrong place, it never hurt his team. On the other hand, the Rams didnít help themselves in the return game. GRADE: C-minus.

    COACHING: The Rams never had a chance in this game. Their defense showed some pride while keeping the game close for a while, but their offense was totally overmatched. This staff has no tactical or motivational answers at this point in an exasperating season. The 2-10 Rams are circling the drain and their coaches canít stop the downward spiral. GRADE: F.


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    Re: Rams Report Card: Coaches flunk again

    I never understand the grading. It is just stupid in many respects. How can anyone give steven jackson a D. A combination of Jim Brown, OJ Simpson, Marshall Faulk, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Earl Campbell and Jim Thorpe could not have done any better given the complete and total lack of blocking from the offensive line.
    Jackson had one hole all game and he gained 8 yards. He also blocked competitively again.

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    I thought the D Line deserved better than a C.

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    I guess it's just a gimicky way to talk about the game. I have tired of it as well and rarely get past the first couple of grades.
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    Re: Rams Report Card: Coaches flunk again

    I agree that an RBs success hinges on the offensive line, but how else would you grade 38 yards on 21 carries?

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