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    Rams Report Card: Week 1

    Rams Report Card: Week 1
    Sunday, Sep. 12 2004

    Quarterback - B

    Bulger gets it done; he's now 19-4 in his career (regular season), and has
    seven fourth-quarter comebacks.


    Running backs - A-

    Faulk (128 yards rushing) and Jackson (50 yards) have the makings of a potent
    1-2 punch.


    Receivers - A-

    For some reason, Arizona didn't roll its coverage Bruce's way the way most
    teams do. Big mistake.


    Offensive line - A

    No sacks allowed, and 5.9 yards per carry in the running game. What's not to
    like?


    Defensive line - B

    Steady pressure from Little; sacks by B. Fisher and Lewis; decent against the
    run.


    Linebackers - B

    More disciplined in their gap responsibilities than in the past, but no big
    plays.


    Secondary - B+

    After getting snookered on game-opening flea flicker, allowed only one other
    pass play over 15 yards.


    Special teams - C

    Next to nothing on returns; shoddy kickoff coverage; but Jeff "Money" Wilkins
    lived up to his nickname.


    Coaching - C+

    Martz was the first to admit that his red-zone play calling left something to
    be desired.

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    Re: Rams Report Card: Week 1

    I think some teams are going to double Holt after last year, he is the more dominating WR. But Bruce can kill you if he one on one.

    Martz in the red zone, He still is not letting Marc pass the ball, would rather try and trick them then just run a solid play.

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    Re: Rams Report Card: Week 1

    That Cam Cleeland run play was RIDICULOUS!

    OB C+
    RBs A+
    WRs A+
    Off Line A
    Def Line B-
    LB Pisa A+ Other LBs B-
    Secondary B
    Special Teams Wilkins A+ Other Special Teams D
    Coaching D+ Ridiculous Challenge, Poor Timeout Use, Cleeland Run, Arlen Harris as a KR

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    Re: Rams Report Card: Week 1

    OB B. Needs to look at the checkdown some more. Money when it counted.
    RBs A. Great running by both, Jackson learned early to protect the ball.
    WRs B+. Have to protect the ball more. Bruce had a great game, but can't push off.
    Off Line A. What a great job. Dishman is huge and opens some holes.
    Def Line B. Little needs to learn how to wrap someone up. Missed a sack again yesterday.
    LB's B. Would like to see them stuff the run better.
    Secondary B+. Butler had a great game and Groce played will also.
    Special Teams Wilkins A+ Other Special Teams B-. My boy Garrett had a terrible effort on the long KR, but came back strong on the next one.
    Coaching B-. Martz needs to get better at red zone calling. Had a good balance of run/pass yesterday though.

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    Re: Rams Report Card: Week 1

    Chillar stuffed the running back in the backfield for a nice play.

    I about came out of my chair when Lewis had that monster sack at a most opportune time...we needed that one!

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    Re: Rams Report Card: Week 1

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan
    Martz needs to get better at red zone calling. Had a good balance of run/pass yesterday though.
    Two great points, TX. The Cleeland run was the most obvious, but for whatever reason, we always get away from our strengths in the red zone. Granted part of it is that our strength of stretching the field is hard to attain when you have no field to stretch, but we must adjust still the same. The Rams can spread a defense without the vertical motion now that they have Jackson and a healthy Faulk. Cleeland however is not the answer. In fact, two TE sets on the goalline, while conventional, is not what we need. 3WR and a FB or even lone-set back with 4WR, that's how you spread a defense in the RZ.

    And yes, TX, you're right, the balanced play-calling is an area that has plagued Martz in the past, but he sure seem to get it right yesterday.
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    Re: Rams Report Card: Week 1

    Linebackers - B
    More disciplined in their gap responsibilities than in the past, but no big
    Except for that bone crushing hit that 5-O laided down. RAM TOUGH! :ramlogo:

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