Rams Report Card: D's for Bradford, coaching
BY BILL COATS | Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 12:05 am

Here are the grades for the St. Louis Rams after Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:

QUARTERBACK: Sam Bradford endured one of the worst outings of his rookie season. He was pressured consistently and sacked three times, so his struggles weren't all self-inflicted. He hit on less than 50 percent of his passes (21 of 43) and got a big chunk of his 181 yards in the final minutes. He was intercepted twice. GRADE: D

RUNNING BACKS: Steven Jackson had a so-so performance on a day when he got some decent blocking up front. He averaged 3.5 yards on 19 carries and also caught five passes for 37 yards. GRADE: C

RECEIVERS: Five of WR Danny Amendola's game-high seven receptions came on the Rams' lone TD drive. WRs Brandon Gibson and Laurent Robinson each had a drop. TE Daniel Fells had four catches for 47 yards. TE Billy Bajema committed a costly false-start penalty. GRADE: C-

OFFENSIVE LINE: The run blocking was OK, but the pass blocking was poor. Bradford took a pretty sound beating. He was pressured constantly, sacked three times and hit several other times. Both tackles, Jason Smith and Rodger Saffold, false-started. Smith also was cited for illegal use of the hands and holding (which was declined). GRADE: D

DEFENSIVE LINE: The Rams didn't blitz much, and the front four couldn't get sustained pressure on QB Matt Cassel. He was sacked three times and hit just a couple of other times. The Rams were gashed for a season-high 210 rushing yards, including Jamaal Charles' back-breaking 80-yard dash with 4:04 left. GRADE: D

LINEBACKERS: SLB David Vobora had a sack. MLB James Laurinaitis was credited with a team-high 11 tackles in the unofficial press-box stats. WLB Chris Chamberlain had a nice pass break-up but also might've been a culprit on Charles' long run. Vobora and Chamberlain did a pretty good job at containing the edge. GRADE: C+

SECONDARY: Kudos to CB Ron Bartell for chasing down the speedy Charles on his 80-yard jaunt. CB Kevin Dockery had an interception. Bartell and safeties Oshiomogho Atogwe and Craig Dahl combined for 22 tackles (unofficial press-box stats). Coverage was generally good. GRADE: B

SPECIAL TEAMS: Danny Amendola's 43-yard punt return led to a field goal. Overall return game was pretty good. Rams coverage was good on kickoffs, just fair on punts. Josh Brown hit both FG tries, including a 52-yarder. P Donnie Jones had a so-so day, by his standards. GRADE: B

COACHING: Strange use of a timeout, plus some odd play-calling near the end of the half. After a fast start, the offense went stagnant for most of three quarters. Defensive approach, which featured only rare blitzing, was baffling. Overall, Rams didn't concoct an effective game plan on either side of the ball. GRADE: D