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    Report Card: Tops for coaches, QB, LBs

    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    11/12/2007

    Quarterback
    Bulger showed what he can do with a little time and his full complement of skill-position players. GRADE: A

    Running backs
    The numbers weren't overwhelming against a rugged run defense, but it's night-and-day when Jackson's in the lineup. GRADE: B

    Receivers
    Whether it was Bennett, Bruce, Holt, or McMichael, the Rams' playmakers all made big plays in the passing game. GRADE: B+

    Offensive line
    Quite a showing for the unit, which featured only one opening-day starter (Barron), and three starters who were street free agents. GRADE: B+

    Defensive line
    Did a good job of keeping Reggie Bush in check on the ground; some pressures but no sacks against Brees. GRADE: C+

    Linebackers
    Maybe the best overall game of the season by this unit. Big plays by Witherspoon (sack) and Tinoisamoa (interception). GRADE: A

    Secondary
    Atogwe's interception helped set the tone for the day, though Saints piled up some numbers in the fourth quarter. GRADE: B-

    Special teams
    Kickoff coverage unit was gashed for a 64-yard return by Pierre Thomas; otherwise a solid overall effort. GRADE: C-

    Coaching
    An aggressive approach on offense (trick plays) and defense (lots of blitzing) paid dividends all day. GRADE: A


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    Re: Report Card: Tops for coaches, QB, LBs

    That last part is the best one in my mind... they finally opened up the book of tricks and started to be unpredictable in every form of the game. Predictability gets you(and usually one of the players) killed.

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    Re: Report Card: Tops for coaches, QB, LBs

    Offensive Line did very well. With Steussie coming back in a few weeks I like our odds to finish out strong.

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    Re: Report Card: Tops for coaches, QB, LBs

    Quote Originally Posted by TekeRam View Post
    That last part is the best one in my mind... they finally opened up the book of tricks and started to be unpredictable in every form of the game. Predictability gets you(and usually one of the players) killed.
    The fact that the OL was getting it done from the start allowed things to open up on offense and get away from that predictability. With reasonable protection, Bulger had time to make multiple reads, the receivers were able to get downfield and the backs and McMichael got the opportunity to become involved and make plays. It all starts up front.

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