1. I've said what I wanted to say about Sam Bradford in another thread, so I'll just leave it at this: yesterday there were flashes of both the Sam that makes me cringe, and the Sam that gives me hope. .
2. Zac Stacy did a nice job between the tackles. I look forward to seeing more of him in the weeks to come.
3. James Laurinaitis had a very good game, and is quietly having a very good year.
4. Right now, I feel a lot more comfortable with Trumaine Johnson starting at CB than Cortland Finnigan. Six weeks ago, I wouldn't have guessed that I would have felt that way.
5. Brian Quick does not make enough plays, but the plays he's made makes me want to see more of him.
6. Austin Pettis is better than I though he would be.
7. Tavon Austin is a dangerous man on punt returns... that is, he would be if his teammates could avoid a penalty on every return.
8. You have to be impressed by the way Stedman Bailey has embraced his role on punt coverage while waiting for his turn at WR.
9. There are at least 6 plays in our offensive playbook that should never be run again (they all involve quick lateral throws).
10. More designed roll-outs, please.
11. Alec Ogletree is a bit raw, but he is going to be a beast.
12. Nice to see Darian Stewart back on the field and making a key play.
13. Sure it was a 1-3 team against an 0-4 team, and the Cardinals played an MLB playoff game later in the afternoon, but the turnout at the game was a bit sad.
14. That said, the crowd that was there was fairly enthusiastic.
15. And, for once, no influx of fans from the other team's home (I mean, other than me).
16. A good time was had by all at the Bash dinner. The Morgan Street Brewery was a nice venue.
17. Thanks to Ram Man who throws a nice tailgate, and is very generous.
18. That 3-4 hours of perfect weather before the game during the tailgate time - I ordered that in advance. You're welcome.
19. After several (7, I think) years of being the Bash's "Julie the Cruise Director," I'm going to retire from my event planning role. I nonetheless hope to see the old gang at future games.
20. I think the Rams can win next week in Houston. That's just how I'm wired, I guess.
No announcement yet.
20 Random Post Bash-Weekend Thoughts
Now that the Senior Bowl is firmly in the rear view mirrior, here's an updated look at how things could shake out in the first round of the NFL Draft this year. As always, feedback and constructive criticism is welcome! ROUND ONE 1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi -Tennessee is second in the league in sacks allowed, and no quarterback when pressured has been sacked at as large of a percentage as Marcus Mariota has been. Tunsil gives the Titans a legitimate left tackle to pair with Taylor Lewan on the offensive line. 2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California -The hype train for Carson Wentz is in full steam, but I'm not ready to put him in the Top 5 as some other people are. I still view Goff as the top QB in the class, meaning he makes a lot of sense for a Cleveland team that is tired of Johnny Manziel's screw ups. 3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State -Brandon Flowers was graded out as one of the worst corners in the league by Pro Football Focus, and Eric Weddle won't be coming back. The Chargers could use help in both areas, and Ramsey is capable of excelling at either at the next level. 4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State -Will the Cowboys flirt with taking a QB here? Maybe, but I also think Jerr...-01-31-2016, 03:12 PM
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The Todd Gurley-less Rams finished their season 7-9 with a disappointing OT loss to the whiners by the score of 19-16 on the strength of terrible third down play on both sides of the ball, untimely penalties, terrible field goal kicking and some highly suspect play calling with the team poised to win the game in overtime. The Rams shortcomings against a 5-11 couldnt have been more obvious today. At the end of the day, Case Keenum is not an NFL starting qb, albeit a reasonable backup. Way too many missed opportunities, and without todd gurley, and with all of our injuries on defense, we arent close to good enough to simply have a qb who is going to avoid mistakes at all costs, afraid to make throws. Toss in some untimely drops by our receivers and at least one terrible call by the refs that obviously cost us 3 points at the minimum, and you find a way to lose a game that we all know we should have won. No points...-01-04-2016, 01:51 AM
In what should be considered their most impressive win in the Fisher era, the Rams won their third game in a row by beating and beating up the seachickens in a tremendous 23-17 win. The Rams capitalized on 3 seachicken turnovers (one of which resulted in a defensive touchdown), didn't turn the ball over themselves, kept the penalties to a minimum, and scrounged out just enough offense to earn their first season sweep of the chickens since 2004. The Rams played their best half of the year jumping out to a 16-3 lead at the break and hung in there to avoid a collapse at the scene of so many painful prior year debacles. Frankly, i am riddled with mixed and incredibly extreme and passionate emotions at this point. On the one hand, i am so thrilled with a tremendous win over a playoff caliber team on the road in which the Rams proved once and for all that they have the talent and capability to win big games, notwithstanding...-12-28-2015, 01:40 AM
Good write up.
I think it was ugly that we accepted the penalty with the Seagulla on 4 and 10. Giving them a new (long) third down. I am pretty sure they would not have gone for it on 4 and 10.
Else great game.-12-28-2015, 01:39 AM
RamView, December 17, 2015 Game #14: Rams 31, Bucs 23 If this was the Rams' last week in St. Louis, at least they made it a heck of a week. They won for the second time in five days Thursday night and made the Bucs look like the team that could not cut the mustard. Position by position: * QB: Case Keenum (14-17-234, 2 TD, PR 158.0) managed the heck out of this game. He led the Rams to an opening drive TD throwing little but screens and swing passes. But Case did not live on small ball alone, also throwing a perfect 60-yard TD bomb to Kenny Britt later in the 1st. The Ram passing game was in good rhythm much of the game, and Keenum distributed the ball well. On the Rams' TD drive in the 2nd, he hit Tavon Austin for 13, Lance K...-12-20-2015, 03:01 AM