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    Alright guys, we are off to a 1-0 start in 2001. If you guys don't mind, I'd like to give my thought on the game. Just my opinion of course!

    First off, let me say that the refs in Philly will live to see another day. That's the good news. The bad news is, I'm not sure if that was a touchdown? When going to the replay, you have to have indisputable proof to reverse the call. I did not see that from the replay. My initial thought before the replay was TD. After looking again, I still doubt it was. Hometown call.

    The offense performed well most of the time. We should have had more than 17 points going into OT. I think the difference in the game, was actually the int at the goalline, not the overturned replay.

    Offensive Line 6/10

    Servicable but not spectacular. They let Warner get sacked too many times. Sometimes there is nothing you can do when the numbers don't favor you. Other times guys just broke free and made the sack. These guys need to get out of Faulk's way. There were too many times in which he ran into one of them and could not pick up yardage. I realize that Faulk is alusive and makes his own cuts sometimes, so he does that to himself too.

    Receivers 9/10

    Many times they reached back and made great catches on the quick hitters. I was amazed at some of the catches. These guys are the best receiving corps in the league hands down. They need the ball even more! The only mental mistake I saw was when Holt ran out of bounds on the long throw. It had 6 written all over it. He needs to be more aware of the sideline. Easy for me to say! He's got more talnet in his shoe than I will ever have. Just honest critisism.

    Tight Ends 9/10

    Nice to see Conwell and Robinson involved. This could potentially open up even more for Faulk and the receivers.

    RB 9/10

    Faulk is simply the best. He blocks, he runs, he catches, and plays hurt when he has to. He just makes people look stupid sometimes. Hodgins needs to be taken out of the passing game. Big mistake putting him into the pattern.

    QB 8/10

    Warner is still great. Makes the best throws in the world, but there were times when I thought he was a little tentative, and other times I thought he was pressing. Give the guy time, and you are dead! Bottom line!

    DLINE 7/10

    Nothing real bad today, yet nothing real great. They held up well, but need to get more push. Pass rush was non-existant sometimes. Yet I can't help but wonder, did the coaching staff really want a big rush? Hey, let McNabb stand back and throw. Better than running around everywhere right?

    LB 8/10

    Pretty good coverage all game, and along with the line, made some really nice stops on the backs. I knew the running game would be a non-factor today. I'm glad I called it right. If they had not shut down Staley, we would have had more than enough to handle on D.

    SECOND 7/10

    Some nice hitting, and some nice coverage most of the time. In the second half though, too many receivers were allowed to roam free. The Eagles made way too many 3rd and half an acre plays. Secondary can stand some improvement, yet still far better than last season. We will get a real test against a better throwing team though.

    SPECIAL 8/10

    Punting was real nice. There were some bombs out there! The coverage was pretty good as well. NOTE: Hakim needs to quit returning kick! Is Martz the only guy that thinks Hakim does not have a fumble problem? Just wait! Mark my words, Hakim will cost the Rams big if allowed to remain deep. To his credit, he is still dangerous.
    When he catches it!

    Overall, I was pleased with the play on both sides of the ball. I think there are things that could still be improved, but there is time for that. Defense looked real good today. Offense made the adjustments at half-time and played better. Looking forward to next week!

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  • Trevor
    My view from the endzone.
    by Trevor
    Attended my first NFL game ever today and had front row seats at the endzone! Here's my take after watching them from behind and in front of them.

    This team is a lot better than what their record says! No doubt about it.

    Offensive Line: They let Davis get crushed a couple times, with jake long pushing the defender right into him (That play was right in front of me, the one where they recovered the ball for a TD), and a couple other sacks, other than those few sacks, pass protection was actually pretty good today in my opinion. Davis had time to throw the ball on numerous occasions. Run blocking was decent, in my opinion they need to bring in Robinson to replace Joseph and Wells seems to get pushed back easily.

    Defensive line: You can't really see how well the defensive line does from the view on the side. But they did extremely well. They didn't have many tackles or sacks, but you can't see that they really plugged the running lanes extremely well. Mccoy was dancing most of the game and most of their runs came from running on the outside. They had nothing on the inside. In my opinion, I think the game plan was more centered towards stopping the run more so than rushing the passer. Now onto Quinn, he was up against Peters which I think is one of the top LTs in the game? I remember reading that Quinn shined last season because he switched up his technique in game and did different moves. What I saw at the game is him trying to do the same swim move to the outside and getting pushed to the ground when trying to get around the LT consistently, I think Quinn is trying way to hard. I think this defensive line misses the presence of Chris Long, because I didn't see much from the left side of the line. However, plugging up the holes seemed great.

    Linebackers: They did decent, nothing that stuck out to me. Lauranitis misses tackles quite a bit. However, they did decent at stopping the run. Although, they allowed the bigs runs on the outside.

    Defensive Backs: They blew the coverage on Maclin on the one TD (Play was in front of me). It was blown coverage by TJ Mcdonald, I think he was supposed to come up over the top because Mcleod went down. However, it was pretty tight coverage for most of the game, EJ Gaines had a nice interception. Most of the Eagles receptions came from cross routes.

    Quarterback: Man Austin Davis looks very good. He has great pocket awareness and steps up in the pocket and does not seem panicky whatsoever. He was blindsided a couple times from Jake Longs blown blocking but overall, I see the pocket presence as his strong suit. He'll drop back and if necessary will step up and keep his eyes down the field. His throws are on point as well and it was nice to see all three TDs thrown at the end zone where I was sitting. It was a treat. The only bad thing I saw from him today was that there was a couple times where he missed a wide open guy. Especially at the end...
    -10-05-2014, 08:22 PM
  • HornIt
    HornItís Rams vs. Raiders review Ė The Revenge of Chris Johnson
    by HornIt
    Yes folks itís true. The thing you never, ever, thought could possibly happen, happened.

    Rams castoff Chris Johnson, the guy who stepped out of bounds on the Rams own 1 yard line on a kickoff return the first time he ever touched the ball as a Ram, made the Rams pay dearly Saturday night for their decision to set him adrift in the NFL sea of uncertainty. Well, he hooked on with the Raiders and haunted the Rams much of the night, be it with his excellent coverage or his TD saving big plays such as knocking the ball out of Fitzharvardís hands as he was driving for the goal line and through the back of the end zone.

    This was just sort of the way the entire night went. Nothing much went right. What could go wrong did go wrong. Even what we thought couldnít go wrong, such as Johnson getting his revenge, went wrong.

    Funny thing though is, after digesting my first viewing of the game and then watching it again on NFLN this afternoon, maybe not as much actually went wrong as I thought it did initially, and as a lot of people thought it did initially. At least, not as many fundamentally bad things came out of the game as it first appeared.

    This would seem to give credence to the age old adage, never do game analysis after only one emotionally invested viewing of the game. You may just see things much differently after youíve had a chance to get over the original disappointment of the results not being exactly what you were hoping for. Thatís what happened to me this time anyway.

    Watching it all again, really only two things stuck out in my mind as being responsible for how bad things appeared on first viewing last night. Those two things were penalties and Bulger, in that order.

    The key play in every Raiders scoring drive was some kind of key penalty, and not just any old penalty, but big, huge, game changing penalties. 10 penalties for 157 yards, and the worst thing about that is, several of them truly were completely bogus calls. But even if they werenít, itís better news than the initial news that they simply got their butts whooped. That actually didnít happen.

    Additionally, contrary to the popular narrative thus far, they were not conservative on offense and they did actually show quite a bit of their passing game, and they were making a concerted effort to go vertical and get the ball downfield. The thing is, they (mostly Bulger in this case) just didnít execute.

    Think of 44 passes and 17 rushes, averaged 13 yards per completion and does that sound conservative to you? Does that sound like they didnít open up at least a little? The problem on offense last night was not a lack of imagination, it was a lack of execution.

    So, letís take a look at it.
    Offense

    OL

    Initially I thought the O-line played fairly poorly, but on second...
    -08-25-2007, 07:25 PM
  • general counsel
    Rams bombed in Seattle-Fall to 0-3. The Good, the Bad and the (mostly) Ugly
    by general counsel
    Greeting die hard Rams fans. I say die hard, because only the most hard core Rams fans can still have anything more than a passing interest in this team. I am quite sure that the overwhelming majority of the "fair weather fans" will have jumped ship after this debacle, to the extent that they have not done so already. There will be more cries of "I am Done" and of course, the discussion of draft picks will shortly begin, especially if we lose to buffalo next week and head into the bye 0-4 with washington (road), dallas and new england ahead. Those of us that truly love and worship the Horns will be severely challenged this year and the death watch for Linehan and Ziggy is certainly well under way.

    Playing against an 0-2 Seattle team missing its first 5 wide receivers, the Rams were never in this game, falling behind early and never really challenging. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we were awful in the same areas that have plagued us in the first two weeks, however, this week, we don't have the excuse of saying that we were playing an elite team.

    The odds of linehan making it through the season are very low, but even if he does, the odds of him returning next year are slim and none and slim has left the building. There will be a complete overhaul of this roster in the offseason. The only really question will be whether we go into complete rebuilding mode (ala kansas city) and trade away whatever vets we have with any value at all (ie Holt, Little), or whether we try and find a way to put a competitive offensive line on the field which will give us some shot of utilizing our skill position players.

    Here it is folks, read it and weep.

    The Good

    Chris Long had 7 tackles and was around the ball all day. A future all pro
    Donnie Jones had 4 punts for a 54.5 average.
    The McMichael leap was a really nice play.
    Jackson showed a real pulse in the second half. Great double spin on the 50 yard pass play.
    Given how few and far between the td's have been this year, lets call attention to the 21 yard td to looker.
    Spoon had 7 tackles and a sack
    We recovered a fumble off a booming punt by Jones.

    The Bad

    There is basically no pulse on our defense. How are you going to win in the nfl when you get 2 sacks TOTAL in three games (1 today), rarely pressure the qb, cant tackle at all, and cant cover. We allowed 245 yards rushing today and huge chunks of those yards (including that first td run) came after contact by the first defensive player and an inability to wrap up. Early in the game we did absolutely nothing to disrupt seattle's rhythm as they were throwing the ball all over the field. No collapsing of the pocket, no forcing hasselbeck to rush his throws. True, we are missing Little, our only real pass rush threat, but i dont see why we dont blitz more. The fact is clear...
    -09-21-2008, 05:00 PM
  • RamsInfiniti
    Rams dtastically improved, simply need to make plays ....
    by RamsInfiniti
    So much I took from this game. Differently a different Rams team from the past few years. My observations:

    1. The days of getting pushed around and beaten up are OVER. Rams won many a battle today on both lines. This defense is HARD HITTING man. Like no Ram's defense last decade.

    2. Bradford looks so impressive for a rookie. He's going to make mistakes. None of the three INT's today are really bothersome to me. Looks like he's throwing a little hard for some of the receivers to adjust too. They will have to adjust.

    3. Clayton looked very solid. He runs superb routes. Need him to come up with crucial catches though.

    4. Chris Long is a MONSTER. He was TRIPLE teamed numerous times during the game. He doesn't show up in the stat line, but he had Derek Anderson thinking about him all day. When is the last time we putting a hurting on the QB like that? Well-timed blitz schemes and solid pressure. Just need to keep it up the whole game. We looked winded at the end.

    5. Cliff Ryan is pretty fast for a 324 lb man. Needs to work on ball security.

    6. We did a fairly solid job is blitz pickup. The Cards were bringing it from everywhere.

    7. 2 dropped INT's, blown TD on a fumble recovery, blocked FG, dropped pass by Clayton that may have been a TD.. We just need to make these plays, and we will.

    8. Amazing how solid the secondary looks when we get good pressure. Bartell was simply excellent.

    9. Amendola is a real gamer, but I am worried he is going to get killed the way he throws his body around. He needs to come out of the return game and focus on the slot.

    10. Need better coaching in critical situations, particularly time management. Why could they not adjust to the damn counter trey runs. LB responsibility here. Seriously, only 4 WR's active? Gibson NEEDS TO PLAY!

    11. Ah You and Selvie looked pretty decent coming off the edge.

    12. The dome seemed to be rocking. Good to see for sure.

    That's all I have for now ....
    -09-13-2010, 06:36 AM
  • general counsel
    Rams rally falls short in 34-28 loss to eagles; The Good, Bad and Ugly
    by general counsel
    A valiant 21 point comeback effort fell short today as the Rams could not overcome a plethora of self inflicted wounds in a 34-28 loss that just missed being a storybook ending for the ages. 10 penalties, a blocked punt for a TD, a qb sack fumble for a td, a qb sack fumble on the eagles 5 yard line and a 40 yard fumble return were the differences today. Once again, the Rams showed flashes of brilliance, along with flashes of unmitigated self-destructive incompetence, as they continue to struggle putting together an entire game of football. Now if you could take the first half of the Dallas game, combine it with the fourth quarter of the eagles game..... alas, it doesn't work that way.

    The Good

    There was a lot to like from Austin Davis today, especially once the offensive line decided to show up late in the 3rd quarter and pass protect. Sure, he made some suspect decisions, but thats what you expect from a young qb. 29-49-375 with 3tds, no int's and a 103.7 rating isn't bad for his third career start in a tough road environment. He showed some legs in addition to an arm (although he failed to run out of bounds instead sliding short of a first down) and botched the clock at the end (I can't believe fisher didnt call a timeout from the sideline), but at the end of the day, how can you not be encouraged by his performance? If Pettis makes the catch at the 25 yard line (a well thrown ball by the way), who knows how it ends. His decision making should continue to improve, but you could really see the confidence and leadership once he got into a rhythm (which coincided of course with the eagles backing off on the blitzing and the offensive line giving him some time)

    Brian Quick is really coming into his own (5-87 2 tds and a HUGE catch to get us to midfield at the end of the game). He doesnt make all the plays yet, but there is real reason for optimism and everyone should be done complaining about the draft pick.

    THe offense accounted for 466 yards and 33 minutes of time of possession. We ran fairly well (23-125 for a 5.4 average despite nothing longer than 14 yards) and i wish schotty had called more runs earlier to wear down the eagles defense. Granted a chunk of that was in what appeared to be garbage time, but given our historical offensive woes, i am not complaining about our ability to move the ball. It was the turnovers that killed us.

    The defense (if you exclude the lack of pass rush and the terrible drive allowed right before halftime) was much better today, especially against a really good offense. We got off the field when we had to giving the offense a chance to win the game (although sproles killed us field position wise on the last drive and on the 3rd and 6 conversion).

    I like gaines a lot. Great interception. I am not saying he is a star, but i think he is a quality contributing type corner for the future.

    Nice play again...
    -10-05-2014, 02:14 PM
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