Rams report: Strategy and personnel
PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES
By cbs sportsline:
--QB Marc Bulger underwent an MRI for his injured shoulder Monday, but no results were immediately available. Bulger is expected to miss anywhere from two to four weeks. He also had a concussion.
--SS Adam Archuleta spent Sunday night in the hospital as a precaution after suffering a concussion in the first quarter of the game against Cardinals. "I think he went in and played two series after the initial concussion," interim coach Joe Vitt said. "To his credit, he tried to stay in there and battle, but he was really woozy on the sideline." Archuleta will undergo testing later in the week before it's determined whether he can play Sunday at Houston.
--OG Blaine Saipaia suffered a concussion against the Cardinals on Sunday and spent the night in the hospital as a precaution. Saipaia will undergo testing later in the week before it's determined whether he can play Sunday at Houston.
--SS Jerome Carter saw his most extensive action of the season after Adam Archuleta suffered a concussion. Said interim coach Joe Vitt, "Jerome Carter made some mistakes (Sunday) when he had to go in and play for Arch. It was his first extended play time in a mixed-down situation. He's going to grow from that. At the end of the day, he did more good things than bad things."
--NT Ryan Pickett had another solid game, making four tackles and deflecting a pass against Arizona.
REPORT CARD VS. CARDINALS
B -- Marc Bulger and Jamie Martin combined to complete 33 of 43 passes for 385 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. That's very good. But Bulger was sacked three times and Martin twice, with the last sack on Bulger knocking him out of the game. Stats mean little when the starting quarterback is lost because of failure to pick up blitzers.
F -- Brutal. RB Steven Jackson rushed 12 times for 6 yards, lost a fumble deep in Arizona territory, and five of his attempts went for minus-11 yards. In one second-quarter stretch, Jackson had 13 yards on three attempts. His other nine rushes "totaled" minus-7 yards.
D -- Except for one sack/fumble in the first quarter, the Rams got no pressure on QB Kurt Warner, who picked them apart all afternoon. Warner, playing in St. Louis for the first time since leaving the Rams after the 2002 season, completed 27 of 39 passes for 285 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating was 115.9.
C -- The Rams weren't gashed for big plays, but they still allowed a team that had averaged 67.4 yards a game to gain 94 yards on 26 carries. Rookie RB J.J. Arrington had 45 yards on 11 attempts.
D -- The Rams were showing improvement on coverage units until a huge breakdown late in the game. After kicking a field goal to pull within 24-20 with 3:35 remaining in the game, the Cardinals' Reggie Swinton took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to the 5-yard line, setting up a touchdown that virtually sealed the victory. David Allen did average 26.5 yards on six returns, while K Jeff Wilkins hit two extra points to extend his streak to 301, tying Norm Johnson for the second-longest consecutive streak in NFL history.
C -- First, there was interim coach Joe Vitt's questionable decision to kick a field goal on fourth-and-5 from the Arizona 14-yard line, training by seven points. Later, Vitt used the team's final timeout with 2:04 left in the game.