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    St. Louis Rams o-line subs get the job done

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Dec. 29 2008

    ATLANTA Rookie John Greco had known for a few days that he'd probably be in
    the lineup Sunday at left guard for Jacob Bell, who suffered a hamstring injury
    last week against San Francisco. But Adam Goldberg didn't find out he'd be
    filling in for an ill Richie Incognito at right guard until about 45 minutes
    before kickoff.

    Not that it fazed Goldberg, a six-year veteran who also made starts this season
    at left guard, left tackle and right tackle.

    "If I'm going to be the swing man, the sixth man (on the offensive line),
    that's my job, to come in and play at a level that facilitates our offense in
    being successful and moving the ball," he said. "I was proud of our unit's
    performance."

    Despite succumbing to the Atlanta Falcons 31-27, the Rams rolled up season
    highs in total offense (408 yards) and yards on the ground (201).

    With the "G-men" stepping in and stepping up, the offensive line "played well,"
    quarterback Marc Bulger said. "Steven (Jackson) was running really hard; he
    looked great. And I think I only got hit two or three times. So, they obviously
    run-blocked well, they pass-blocked well. They did everything they had to do."

    The Falcons presented a beefy yet active front four, anchored by 345-pound
    tackle Grady Jackson. But Bulger was sacked only three times, and Jackson
    ground out a season-high 161 yards.

    "The offensive line did great," Jackson said. "They covered that defensive line
    and they were able to create some lanes for me."

    Greco, a third-round draft pick out of Toledo, was making his first NFL start.
    Still, he played more than half the game last week after Bell went down, so the
    butterflies were at a minimum.

    "It was a lot of fun a great atmosphere, going against a playoff team, the
    crowd was into it," Greco said. "It was a good game, a close-fought game.
    We're all disappointed, but we put together a great effort. Everyone was
    fighting; no one let up on any play."

    After being among the game-day inactives for seven of the first 10 games, Greco
    was eased into action over the last six contests. That experience should help
    provide a springboard into his second season, he noted.

    "I told myself before the game that no matter what, I want to be able to look
    back and say that I have no regrets," he said. "It just makes you work harder,
    because I want to feel what it's like to win, I want to feel what it was like
    against Dallas and Washington," the team's only wins in a 2-14 season.

    The Rams rallied from a 24-14 deficit early in the second half to take a 27-24
    lead on a 27-yard Josh Brown field goal with 6 minutes, 39 seconds remaining.
    But they couldn't hold on, dropping their 10th game in a row.

    "I think that as a group, as an offensive line, we can hang our hat on that
    effort and that performance," Goldberg said. "I have mixed feelings. I'm happy
    for that performance, but obviously this season leaves a bitter taste in your
    mouth."


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    Re: St. Louis Rams o-line subs get the job done

    You know, it sounds like we wouldn't "miss" Incognito at all on the line.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams o-line subs get the job done

    Ditto, and he caused no penelties.
    Quote Originally Posted by PeoriaRam View Post
    You know, it sounds like we wouldn't "miss" Incognito at all on the line.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams o-line subs get the job done

    You still fail to realize that he's been our best offensive lineman all year. We'd miss him at one point. You keep him.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams o-line subs get the job done

    Quote Originally Posted by PeoriaRam View Post
    You know, it sounds like we wouldn't "miss" Incognito at all on the line.
    I really have to agree with you on that.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams o-line subs get the job done

    Quote Originally Posted by IzzyHigh1212 View Post
    You still fail to realize that he's been our best offensive lineman all year. We'd miss him at one point. You keep him.
    I'll admit I'd miss swearing every time he committed a penalty.

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