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    St. Louis Rams report card @ Arizona Cardinals

    By Bill Coats
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    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Here’s one blogger’s grades for the Rams after Sunday’s 34-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals:

    QUARTERBACK: Before an interception was returned 99 yards for a touchdown in the final moments, Marc Bulger was putting together one of his better outings — statistically, anyway — in recent weeks. He wound up 22 of 37 for 228 yards, with a 3-yard TD toss and the one pick. His passer rating was 75.1. A couple of Bulger’s incompletions were caused by mix-ups and bad routes. GRADE: C+

    RUNNING BACK: Steven Jackson ran with power and abandon, much as he did before injuring his right thigh almost two months ago. He wasn’t afforded much room, but Jackson ground out some tough real estate. Still, he lost two critical fumbles in the third quarter as the Rams were trying to mount a challenge. One snuffed a promising drive; the other was returned 11 yards for a TD. GRADE: D+

    RECEIVERS: Bulger hooked with 11 different pass-catchers, Torry Holt leading the way with five grabs for 61 yards. Donnie Avery failed to pick up a hot read and still has occasional lapses in his route-running. After two drops last week, RB Antonio Pittman caught both balls thrown his way and picked up 41 yards. GRADE: C

    OFFENSIVE LINE: The pass protection was good — Bulger was sacked just once. The run-blocking was less impressive. Adam Goldberg filled in nicely at RT for Alex Barron, who was yanked from the lineup after showing up late for a team meeting Friday. G Richie Incognito drew another personal foul, although it was offset by an Arizona penalty. GRADE: C

    DEFENSIVE LINE: Cardinals QB Kurt Warner was sacked just once and rarely pressured. Good job vs. the run, limiting the Cardinals to 2.9 yards per carry. GRADE: C+

    LINEBACKERS: Energetic Pisa Tinoisamoa was all over the field and was credited with a team-high nine tackles in the unofficial press-box stats. Quinton Culberson had one of his better games in a disappointing season. Chris Draft wasn’t on the field a lot because of the Cards’ many multi-wideout sets. GRADE: B-

    SECONDARY: CB Ron Bartell set up the Rams’ lone touchdown with his first interception of the year. There were some zone-coverage issues. The Cards’ big three — Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steven Breaston – combined for 18 catches for 225 yards. GRADE: C

    SPECIAL TEAMS: Donnie Jones averaged 55.5 yards on two punts, but his net was just 36.5. Josh Brown missed a 42-yard field goal late in the first half that would’ve trimmed Arizona’s lead to 17-10, but connected later from 51 yards. Derek Stanley’s returns were pretty good. Coverage was so-so. GRADE: C

    COACHING: Even at 2-11, the Rams played with heart, a credit to Jim Haslett. Defensive coaches made some nice adjustments to the Cards’ passing game. Play-calling remains a bit of a mystery at times. GRADE: B-


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    Re: St. Louis Rams report card @ Arizona Cardinals

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Bill Coats
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    OFFENSIVE LINE: The pass protection was good — Bulger was sacked just once. The run-blocking was less impressive. Adam Goldberg filled in nicely at RT for Alex Barron, who was yanked from the lineup after showing up late for a team meeting Friday. G Richie Incognito drew another personal foul, although it was offset by an Arizona penalty. GRADE: C

    Play-calling remains a bit of a mystery at times. GRADE: B-
    The OL has played better and yet our O is still Bad what is going on with the play calling
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    Re: St. Louis Rams report card @ Arizona Cardinals

    Quote Originally Posted by eldfan View Post
    The OL has played better and yet our O is still Bad what is going on with the play calling
    Could it be E-X-E-C-U-T-I-O-N?

    Or maybe R-E-S-P-E-C-T as in NONE for Al Saunders?

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