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    Rams Report Card: Low marks for secondary, special teams

    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    10/02/2006

    Grading the Rams after their 41-34 victory over the Detroit Lions:


    Quarterback

    OK, he wasn't facing the Steel Curtain. But it's hard to imagine Bulger being any better than he was Sunday in terms of accuracy and pocket presence.

    Grade ... A


    Running backs

    Jackson ground out 81 yards against a tough Detroit front four and added a career-high 65 yards receiving. Davis did quality work off the bench.

    Grade ... B


    Wide receivers

    Bruce and Holt both topped 100 yards and both scored a TD, carving up the Detroit secondary. Rookie TE Klopfenstein scored his first NFL TD.

    Grade ... A


    Offensive line

    Detroit's sixth-ranked rush defense yielded a season-high 106 yards against a Rams O-line that was minus Pace. Bulger was sacked only once.

    Grade ... A


    Special teams

    Yeoman work again by Wilkins and Turk, but Drummond may still be running through Rams kickoff coverage unit.

    Grade ... D


    Defensive line

    Little got his third sack of the season and plenty of face time with Kitna. Kennedy had his moments in the middle.

    Grade ... B minus


    Linebackers

    Tinoisamoa had a sack; Witherspoon's tip of a deep ball to Hakim saved the day in the closing seconds.

    Grade ... B minus


    Secondary

    Sprang major leaks as Furrey enjoyed career day and R. Williams went wild for Lions; unit missed some tackles, too.

    Grade ... D


    Coaching

    Linehan opened up his playbook and matched "Mad Mike," play call for play call.

    Grade ... A minus


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    Re: Rams Report Card: Low marks for secondary, special teams

    How about a report card for the first quarter of the season vs the broncs whiners caeds and lions
    Torry Holt Dont play that

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    Re: Rams Report Card: Low marks for secondary, special teams

    Quote Originally Posted by letsgoramz View Post
    How about a report card for the first quarter of the season vs the broncs whiners caeds and lions
    My version of this year's report card, call it my quarterly report, if you will.

    Quarterback

    Steady improvement in the new system (which is starting to look a lot like the old system). But more importantly, no ints. from Bulger gets high marks.

    Grade ... A-

    Running backs

    Improvement over last years model, consistant, yet not spectacular. Would like to see better short yardage gains in goaline offense.

    Grade ... B

    Wide receivers

    Beginning to pick it up, with the QB. Too much attention to first and second receivers. I guess that's why they're #1 & #2, huh? I would like to see them spread it around a little more and get the TE's a few more looks.

    Grade ... A-

    Offensive line

    Considering the shuffling that they're already had to do, I'd say they've improved vastly from last year. Barron is the unsung hero, IMO. Nobody's talking about him, and that's a good thing.

    Grade ... B

    Special teams

    Turk is a huge improvement this year in the punting game. Punt & KO coverage is better overall, but still having breakdowns. Lacking consistency. Thank goodness for Tye Hill and his blazing speed.

    Grade ... C-

    Defensive line

    Again, consistency. Better pass rush with the front four would help our woes in the passing game immensely. Little has been the bright star once again.

    Grade ... C+

    Linebackers

    The Spoon is the man. Five-O is a gamer. Anybody miss Claiborne? Run coverage has improved over last year's unit, tackling is much improved.

    Grade ... A-

    Secondary

    Safeties are playing well, at times. CB's are dreadful. Our weakest link without a doubt. Poor tackling, playing too soft, too often. If you were a reciever/QB, and you saw your man playing you 10 yards off the line, what would you do? Show some sack guys, or get someone who will.

    Grade ... F+

    Coaching

    Kutos to Linehan for making adjustments and living by the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. See, you CAN score a lot of points and NOT turn the ball over.

    Grade ... A
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