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    St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    It was an offensive meltdown of gigantic proportions. Not only were the Rams shut out Sunday for the first time since the 1998 season, but their 111 yards of total offense were the lowest since gaining just 105 against San Francisco in 1996.

    What made this outing so baffling was the fact that it happened with players like Marc Bulger, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Steven Jackson on the field.

    The Rams entered the game with Adam Goldberg at left tackle, replacing the injured and out-for-the-season Orlando Pace. Yet, against the Panthers' pass rush, there were few three-step drops and a total abandonment of the running game.

    The Rams had four possessions in the first and second quarter when the game was scoreless, yet, in those possessions they ran just four times and called 15 pass plays. Jackson had seven attempts in the game, despite averaging 19.7 carries in the first nine games and never having fewer than 18 in a game.

    And, it wasn't as if the pass was working. Bulger was 8-for-18 for 68 yards and sacked five times for 49 yards lost in the first half, yet the score was just 10-0 Carolina. The Rams had four possessions with the score 10-0 and another three when it was 13-0, yet they ran three times in the second half and had 18 pass plays.

    For the game, Bulger went back to pass 41 times and handed it off on running plays eight times.

    Said coach Scott Linehan, "We had runs early that we were playing for the run, and we checked a couple of the runs and we threw a couple of those look throws on some runs that were called. Their box had something to do with it. Some of those I didn't call enough. I think that's the only way we are going to have some success on offense is to stay balanced.

    "We've got to stick with it regardless. The commitment was there to do it; we just never really got going. One of the problems, you can't get running with the football if you can't stay on the field. When we go three and out, the whole first and third quarters, it hard to not only call a run or a pass, and by that time we're down and we're throwing. It's a little bit of everything."

    The Rams had six three-and-outs in the game, and one possession each of four and five plays. Two of their best possessions totaled 69 yards on 14 plays. The other 10 possessions included 35 plays for 42 yards.

    Said Bulger, "We've got to stick together first. We know that we're going to get some of the wrath on us. Coach is going to feel it. We're behind him. Guys that have been around here, know that we've been through some tough situations. We've dug our own hole here. We have to climb out of it. It's no one's fault but our own.

    "As long as everyone realizes that, we've got to stick together and get out of this. There's no easy way out of it in the NFL. People aren't looking for excuses for us. As long as we don't make excuses and accept the responsibility for the situation that we've put ourselves in, there's a chance. The minute that we start pointing fingers and making excuses, that will be the bad part of the season. I don't think that will happen though."

    As Jackson said, "For us to come out and put up a dismal performance like that is humbling. Hopefully we can get it together."


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    Re: St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    I hope Linehan reads this article, especially Marc Bulgers input about NOT pointing the finger.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    "We had runs early that we were playing for the run, and we checked a couple of the runs and we threw a couple of those look throws on some runs that were called. Their box had something to do with it. Some of those I didn't call enough. I think that's the only way we are going to have some success on offense is to stay balanced.
    Interesting, so you have the opposing D put eight in the box and you change up to a pass play. Haslett are you listening?
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    Re: St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMMAN68 View Post
    Interesting, so you have the opposing D put eight in the box and you change up to a pass play. Haslett are you listening?
    Right on, we need to make Alex Smith try and beat us, and take Gore out of the equation as best as we can.
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    Kudos to Jared Cook for saying what needed to be said about being outplayed and outcoached vs the Cards.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    I agree 100% with ramsbruce, but that is the same thing we have been saying for five weeks, and yet, we still dont seem to do it or find any other way to stop the run.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    I agree 100% with ramsbruce, but that is the same thing we have been saying for five weeks, and yet, we still dont seem to do it or find any other way to stop the run.

    ramming speed to all

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    Haslett's a slow learner???

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    Haslett's a slow learner???
    Either that or we are all just too dumb.
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    Re: St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    One thing is perfectly clear. The Defense MUST be on the field as little as possible. The Rams must get back to controlling the time of posession. Put both Klop & Walker in with two wideouts & Jackson as a passing option. Run the ball and pass the ball to Jackson. Things will open up for some down field stuff. Let the lineman run block their asses off and get on the same page with some aggressive play calling. Jackson had all the talk early on in the offseason, let's see what he reallly has as far as stepping up and being THE man in this offense.

    Offensive line: LT - Steussie, LG - Goldberg, C - Cognito, RG -Timmerman, RT - Barron

    Run the Dam ball over & over, play action will come. Think outside the box !!!

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by maineram View Post
    Run the Dam ball over & over, play action will come. Think outside the box !!!
    Man, I've forgotten what play action is. Do we ever use it? Is it even in the playbook?

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    Some extremely valid points, as always.

    It's disappointing how the defensive performance seems to have trailed off as the season has gone on, with one or two notable exceptions.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by maineram View Post
    One thing is perfectly clear. The Defense MUST be on the field as little as possible. The Rams must get back to controlling the time of posession. Put both Klop & Walker in with two wideouts & Jackson as a passing option. Run the ball and pass the ball to Jackson. Things will open up for some down field stuff. Let the lineman run block their asses off and get on the same page with some aggressive play calling. Jackson had all the talk early on in the offseason, let's see what he reallly has as far as stepping up and being THE man in this offense.

    Offensive line: LT - Steussie, LG - Goldberg, C - Cognito, RG -Timmerman, RT - Barron

    Run the Dam ball over & over, play action will come. Think outside the box !!!

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    I like the way you think.

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