TheFieldGoal: Awful Rams spanked 38-3 by Eagles
New changes. New offensive coach. New offensive scheme. Same awful Rams of 2007?
That's the question on opening day versus the Philadelphia Eagles and Donavan McNabb.
The Rams unlike the Eagles were not ready to perform. The Eagles who were coming off their second last place finish in three seasons,played like a team that expects changes in 2008. Donavan McNabb and company, torched the Rams with 522 total yards and defensively dominated. An awful end result of 38-3 for the Rams. A complete dominance by the Eagles.
A 38-3 routing. The worst opening day outing for a Rams team in franchise history, add this to the Linehan era and the franchise record book. The Eagles played to win on opening day, and they had two key receivers out with injuries in Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown. Donavan McNabb and the rookie Desean Jackson had impressive performances. McNabb threw for 361 yards and 3 touchdowns. His main target Jackson, had 5 receptions for 104 yards in his debut.
Brian Westbrook ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Westbrook commented after the game on McNabb's performance by adding," He is healthy.That's the difference." Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett also contributed to the dominance. Both had over 100 yard receptions. Baskett had a 90 yard touchdown receptions and Jackson torched the Rams with a punt return of 60 yards to set up a field goal.
Times have changed in the Gateway City. Gone are the days of the Greatest Show on Turf. Now we are witnessing the Most Awful Show on a Football Field. The Rams offense is in the air and the defense is to be found somewhere in the dumpster behind the Edward Jones Dome.
A year ago, Scott Linehan was just unlucky and hoping for his team to heal. The Rams stayed committed to this coach and the result a 3-13 season. In 2008, the fans were expecting a better outing on Sunday Sept 7th in Philadelphia.The 2008 theme from this coach was changes. This sunday it was shocking. Changes that kills the fanbase quickly. The Rams were suppose to be explosive and the old system ready to rock. On Sunday the theme changed to challenges. Challenges that will need to be addressed. The schedule is not friendly and the teams are hungry. And getting our butts whipped in all three phases of the game was not acceptable.
Linehan and Saunders were suppose to spark changes and prevent this type of end result. What happen to Jim Haslett's defensive planning? This coaching staff just plain and simple did not plan for sunday. Who ever said change was good?
Last season the Rams were a dismal 3-13 and unfortunately this season knowone is feeling sorry for them and 2007. The schedule is tougher and the division wins will not come easy this season with outings like sunday. Marc Bulger didn't have the time to throw and Steven Jackson hardly had any room to run against the awesome Eagles front. The Rams had 109 total yards through three quarters, and add the penalties and long third down situations. The Rams just could not get anything positive going and shot themselves in the foot early and often throughout the game. Bulger added,"Give them credit, but that's about as bad as you can get beat in the NFL." Bulger was 14 of 26 for 158 yards.
Action Jackson was shotdown and eliminated from the factor column. Jackson had 14 carries for 40 yards and 3 receptions for 34 yards. The one stat that was weird was Torry Holt one reception all day. Can we speculate Holt in Linehan's doghouse after 2007. This is a pro bowl receiver who gets one catch all game. And on the other side, McMichael gets 5 receptions for 77 yards. We have serious issues if we cannot utilize Holt to spark a horrible running game.
Coach Linehan after the game admitted that his staff was outcoached by Andy Reid. He added," They dominated us in all three phases today." And concluded by exclaiming that next week ," We have got to use this as motivation to not go back here." And continued by adding," You can't forget about this, it's got to sting, it's got hurt, it's got to light a fire under our belly." Will this be the motto for the season? Will we see changes against the World Champs ? Will this coaching staff truly get it together after this routing? Will we see the panick button if we lose to the Giants in another awful result?
Lots of unanswered questions and the Rams fans expect better results. Coach Linehan is officially on the shopping block. Time is ticking. The season motto is BRING IT!
We are waiting for Sunday against the Giants.