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    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    LANDOVER, Md. — Here’s one blogger’s grades for the Rams after Sunday’s 19-17 victory over the Washington Redskins:

    QUARTERBACK: It wasn’t Marc Bulger’s best day statistically, and the offense didn’t produce a touchdown. But he was at the controls for the 76-yard, game-winning drive, during which he hit rookie WR Donnie Avery for first downs twice on third-down plays. The second time, the 43-yard gain set up Josh Brown’s 49-yard FG at the gun. GRADE: B

    RUNNING BACKS: Steven Jackson ground out a tough 79 yards on 22 carries against a rugged Redskins defense. Jackson caught three passes for 32 yards, giving him a productive 111 yards from scrimmage. But his fumble at the Rams 3-yard line handed Washington an early TD. GRADE: B-

    RECEIVERS: Avery had a breakout game, with four catches for 73 yards and the long, diving reception that preceded the winning FG. Joe Klopfenstein, the new starter at TE, had two catches but also dropped a ball. Holt’s team-high five grabs netted just 23 yards. GRADE: B+

    OFFENSIVE LINE: Bulger was pretty well-protected (two sacks), but Jackson didn’t have much room to roam. Undisciplined G Richie Incognito took his unit’s mark down significantly because he was called for two 15-yard penalties, including one that turned Brown’s final kick from a chip shot into a long try. GRADE: C

    DEFENSIVE LINE: DEs Leonard Little and Victor Adeyanju each had a sack. Little knocked the ball away from QB Jason Campbell, leading to Oshiomogho Atogwe’s 75-yard fumble return for the Rams’ lone touchdown. DE Chris Long also recovered a fumble. But Clinton Portis gashed the Rams for 129 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. GRADE: B

    LINEBACKERS: Pisa Tinoisamoa was all over the field, collecting a game-high 11 tackles according to the unofficial press-box stats. He also recorded a sack and forced a fumble. Will Witherspoon had seven stops, and Chris Draft three vs. the NFL’s sixth-ranked offense. GRADE: A-

    SECONDARY: Atogwe had the long TD return, and CBs Jason Craft and Ron Bartell were generally sound in coverage. S Corey Chavous was strong vs. the run but got beat on a 30-yard pass to TE Chris Cooley. Jonathan Wade had two tackles at nickel back after Ricky Manning Jr. left with a broken foot. Manning had a sack. GRADE: B+

    SPECIAL TEAMS: Brown was four-for-four on FGs, including the winner. Donnie Jones continued his standout punting. The Rams had some nice returns, although they didn’t produce any points. Coverage was good. GRADE: A

    COACHING: The Rams played with increased emotion and fire in their first outing under Jim Haslett. They also shrugged off adversity far more effectively. The defense bent often but didn’t break under new DC Rick Venturi. OC Al Saunders wisely leaned on Jackson and got Avery involved. GRADE: A

  • #2
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    Ray Charles could see that Craft was NOT sound in coverage. I dont know what game this guy was watching.

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel

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      Re: Rams report card @ Washington

      Originally posted by general counsel View Post
      Ray Charles could see that Craft was NOT sound in coverage. I dont know what game this guy was watching.

      He was okay. He get turned around for a huge 3rd down catch on the final drive where the Skins scored that TD to go ahead.

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        I think Bulger and the receivers need to work all week long. They seemed to not click when we needed it most. That was tough on us all game.

        Lets fix stuff on offense. Jackson did pretty good, not great, but pretty good.

        Our defense is going up against a rough dallas team next week. And we're short Manning. It'll be tough...

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        • #5
          Re: Rams report card @ Washington

          Craft also got beat three times in a row in the first half and lucked out when the receiver had a huge third down drop after beating him badly.

          ramming speed to all

          general counsel

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            For whatever reason, I guess the secondary gets the credit but Santana Moss only had 2 catches for the whole game.
            sigpic :ram::helmet:

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by laram0 View Post
              For whatever reason, I guess the secondary gets the credit but Santana Moss only had 2 catches for the whole game.
              There is a reason for this - that was Bartell's matchup most of the game. Bartell is really developing into a very nice player. Two more passes defensed in this game, and great coverage on a deep ball that was negated by a phantom holding call ...

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              • #8
                Re: Rams report card @ Washington

                i definitely agree with mooselini because if our QB and WR cannot get in sync i do not think we can pull out another win, escpecially without scoring an offensive touchdown

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                  by RamWraith
                  By Bill Coats
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                  Here’s one blogger’s grades for the Rams after Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the ***** at the Edward Jones Dome:

                  QUARTERBACK: An interception snuffed a promising final drive with the Rams about 10 yards short of Josh Brown’s field-goal range. Previous to that, Marc Bulger had been OK. He made a nice throw for a 30-yard TD to rookie WR Keenan Burton. A couple of his passes were incomplete because of poor route-running. Bulger gets points off for again failing to rally the offense when most needed. GRADE: D+

                  RUNNING BACK: Despite a balky hamstring, Steven Jackson pounded out 108 yards on a season-high 32 carries. Jackson often had little room to operate but was a force between the tackles. Backup Kenneth Darby got 10 touches — five carries for 15 yards and five receptions for 57 yards. GRADE: B+

                  RECEIVERS: Isaac Bruce was the best receiver on the field, with seven catches and a TD . . . oh, that’s right. He’s not a Ram anymore. Among the current Rams, rookie Donnie Avery has his best day in a while, with several acrobatic grabs. Torry Holt was effective, getting 55 yards on four catches. Rookie Keenan Burton scored his first NFL touchdown. GRADE: C+

                  OFFENSIVE LINE: Rookie John Greco filled in nicely at LG after Jacob Bell left with a bad hamstring. RG Richie Incognito had another holding penalty, and RT Alex Barron added to his false-start collection. Pass-blocking was pretty good; run-blocking was mediocre. GRADE: C

                  DEFENSIVE LINE: Niners backs averaged less than 3 yards per carry. DE Leonard Little had a sack. Pressure on QB Shaun Hill was generally OK, but he didn’t face much in the two late TD drives. GRADE: C+

                  LINEBACKERS: Pisa Tinoisamoa had a big afternoon, getting a team-high nine tackles (press-box stats), including two sacks. He also had three quarterback hurries. Chris Draft was solid against the run; Will Witherspoon was OK in coverage. Quinton Culberson disappeared again. GRADE: C+

                  SECONDARY: FS Oshiomogho Atogwe (interception, fumble recovery) and CB Ron Bartell (two interceptions) produced all four Rams turnovers. CB Fakhir Brown was beaten for the game-winning TD. Overall, coverage was decent. SS Todd Johnson again was effective, especially vs. the run. GRADE: B+

                  SPECIAL TEAMS: P Donnie Jones rallied after a slow start. K Josh Brown hit both field goal tries. Returns were pretty good, as was coverage. GRADE: B

                  COACHING: Another late collapse damages Jim Haslett’s chances of returning. Still, the Rams played hard despite their woes. Dubious play-calling at crucial times by OC Al Saunders, a recurring theme. Again using a lot of three-man front, the defense was active. Not as aggressive as last week. GRADE: C-
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                • RamWraith
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                  by RamWraith
                  By Bill Coats
                  St. Louis Post-Dispatch


                  SEATTLE — Here’s one blogger’s grades for the Rams after Sunday’s 37-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

                  QUARTERBACK: Another uninspiring performance by Marc Bulger. He and RB Steven Jackson had some success, but the Rams again were unable to stretch the field and get anything going deep. GRADE: C-

                  RUNNING BACKS: Steven Jackson ran with determination, but averaged only 2.9 yards on his 23 carries. His five catches produced 62 yards, including a 50-yard gain to the 5-yard line that led to the Rams lone TD. GRADE: C+

                  RECEIVERS: Other than Jackson, Torry Holt was the most productive. But he had just four catches for 37 yards. Dane Looker scored on a 21-yard pass play, and rookie Donnie Avery finally cracked the stats sheet, with three catches for 24 yards. GRADE: C-

                  OFFENSIVE LINE: Bulger was sacked just once, a nice improvement from last week. But Jackson wasn’t given much room to operate, especially outside. GRADE: C-

                  DEFENSIVE LINE: DE Chris Long and DT Adam Carriker had the best games of their young careers. But the Rams rarely applied pressure, getting just one sack, and were abysmal vs. the run. GRADE: D

                  LINEBACKERS: Will Witherspoon had the Rams’ lone sack and was their top tackler. Pisa Tinoisamoa was ineffective, and Quinton Culberson again didn’t do much. GRADE: D+

                  SECONDARY: Putting Fakhir Brown into the lineup in place of Tye Hill produced no improvement. Hill, the nickel back, had another rough tackling day. S Oshiomogho Atogwe and Corey Chavous struggled again. CB Ron Bartell committed a costly illegal-contact penalty on Seattle’s last TD drive. GRADE: D-

                  SPECIAL TEAMS: Donnie Jones averaged a stellar 54.5 yards per punt, and Josh Brown calmly nailed both his field goal tries amid a chorus of boos. Coverage was pretty good, and Dante Hall was OK on returns. GRADE: B

                  COACHING: Again, the game plan failed to produce anything early, and the sluggish Rams quickly were in a hole. DC Jim Haslett’s outfit was simply awful again. We’re still waiting for OC Al Saunders to produce anything beyond a pedestrian attack. GRADE: D-
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                  RUNNING BACKS
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                • RamFan_Til_I_Die
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                  by RamFan_Til_I_Die
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                  By Bill Coats
                  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

                  SEATTLE – Here’s one blogger’s grades for the Rams after Sunday’s 28-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

                  QUARTERBACK: He was sacked three times, but Marc Bulger didn’t get much done even when he had plenty of time to throw. Bulger, playing with his injured right pinky finger taped, looked tentative in the pocket never did get into a rhythm. He wasn’t intercepted, but completed just 47.2 percent of his passes and earned a poor 63.5 passer rating. When a team gets shut out, most of the blame falls on the QB. GRADE: F

                  RUNNING BACKS: Steven Jackson didn’t have much room to operate, but he didn’t bring much juice, either, getting just 67 yards on 16 carries. His 4.2-yard-per-carry average was propped up by some late bursts well after the outcome was determined. Only two passes were thrown Jackson’s way, and he caught neither. One was a flat-out drop. GRADE: D-

                  RECEIVERS: WRs Donnie Avery and Laurent Robinson, and TE Randy McMichael combined for 15 catches and 177 yards. But that was about the extent of the receivers’ contributions. WR Keenan Burton, who had trouble getting separation, had just one receptions, as did TE Daniel Fells. GRADE: C-

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                  DEFENSIVE LINE: Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck was rarely touched, and he torched the Rams for 279 yards and three TDs. Again, the Rams were gashed on the ground. Seattle rolled up 167 rushing yards, including a 62-yard TD run by Julius Jones in which he was barely touched. DE Leonard Little was whistled for a 15-yard personal foul that extended Seattle’s first TD drive. GRADE: D-

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                  Grade B-

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                  Grade C+

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                  DEFENSIVE LINE
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