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  • St. Louis Rams report card vs. San Francisco *****

    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    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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    Re: St. Louis Rams report card vs. San Francisco *****

    Just saw the highlights. Had to be a heart breaker for the Rams Fans. But on the bright side, there's always next year. A lot of things changing in the organization, and there's no where but up to go.

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    • RamWraith
      Rams report card @ Washington
      by RamWraith
      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
      -10-12-2008, 06:17 PM
    • RamWraith
      Rams report card vs. Seahawks
      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-
      -09-22-2008, 04:21 AM
    • RamFan_Til_I_Die
      Rams report card vs. Seahawks
      by RamFan_Til_I_Die
      Rams report card vs. Seahawks
      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-

      OFFENSIVE LINE: The pass blocking wasn’t terrible, despite the three sacks. There were few holes for Jackson to exploit. Rookie RT Jason Smith gave up one of the sacks but generally was OK. G Richie Incognito’s two personal-foul penalties were killers, and his undisciplined play dragged down the entire unit. GRADE: D-

      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-

      LINEBACKERS: Rookie James Laurinaitis was stout in the middle, collecting 14 tackles in the unofficial press-box stats. He had some miscues in coverage, but overall it was an impressive debut. David Vobora was active at SLB, but also had a couple of breakdowns. WLB Will Witherspoon had six stops and forced a fumble that Laurinaitis recovered. GRADE: C

      SECONDARY: Safeties Oshiomogho Atogwe and James Butler had interceptions that snuffed promising Seahawks drives. CB Ron Bartell was generally strong in coverage, and Jonathan Wade did OK in his start at the other corner, although at times the DBs gave the receivers too much cushion. GRADE: C+

      SPECIAL TEAMS: Donnie Avery fumbled away the opening kickoff. Josh Brown missed a 37-yard FG. A blocked FG and subsequent TD run was wiped out by an inexcusable 12-men-on-the-field penalty. Donnie Jones was his usual steady self, averaging 50.8 yards on eight punts. Rams returns were...
      -09-14-2009, 08:30 AM
    • eldfan
      Rams Report Card @ Detroit
      by eldfan
      by Bill Coats
      St. Louis Post-Dispatch

      QUARTERBACK: Although he wasn’t sacked and rarely pressured, the numbers put up by an erratic Marc Bulger weren’t impressive: 17 of 35, 176 yards, no TDs, an interception and a passer rating of 51.6. The pick came in the red zone, with the Rams in position to move in front by 17 points. Bulger came up a yard short on a slide that should’ve resulted in a first down. Bulger earned points by wisely calling a timeout before the fake field goal for a TD. Plus, he was in charge for the decisive four-play, 62-yard drive that won it. Still, this was hardly one of Bulger’s better days. GRADE: D

      RUNNING BACKS: In a word, Steven Jackson was fabulous. He ran with heart and intensity all afternoon in rolling up a season-high 149 yards. His 25-yard TD burst was the game-winner, but he had several other key carries. He also caught three passes for 17 yards. The Rams moved 6.6 yards every time Jackson touched the ball. Simply put, Jackson willed the Rams to victory. GRADE: A

      RECEIVERS: WR Keenan Burton had five catches for 54 yards. He was particularly effective early. Billy Bajema’s first two receptions of the year picked up 43 yards, and fellow TE Daniel Fells raced 36 yards to the end zone with a catch off a fake field goal. TE Randy McMichael had a drop, and he probably should’ve held on to another ball near the goal line. WRs Donnie Avery and Danny Amendola were quiet, with just one reception each. GRADE: C-

      OFFENSIVE LINE: Arguably the best outing of the year for this group, even with RG Richie Incognito (foot) on the sideline (Adam Goldberg started in his place). It kept Bulger clean and provided some room for Jackson, especially in the second half. Alex Barron was solid at LT, rookie Jason Smith was stout at RT, and Mark Setterstrom filled in nicely at LG after Jacob Bell left with a probable concussion late in the third quarter. GRADE: A-

      DEFENSIVE LINE: Another impressive showing by DE Leonard Little, who recorded a sack, another tackle for loss and three quarterback hits. DE Chris Long notched his first sack of the year, as the Rams got after rookie QB Matthew Stafford pretty effectively. In the run game, the Lions’ primary backs averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. GRADE: B

      LINEBACKERS: Rookie MLB James Laurinaitis was credited with a team-high seven tackles in the unofficial press-box stats. WLB Paris Lenon had six stops despite problems with his back. SLB David Vobora didn’t do much in his return from a four-week suspension. GRADE: C

      SECONDARY: The absence of dangerous WR Calvin Johnson (knee) was a boost for the Rams, whose coverage was impressive: Lions WRs were targeted 14 times and caught just two balls. CB Quincy Butler was solid in his first career start in a “base” defense. S James Butler intercepted a pass in the end zone, came out a yard or two, then inexplicably retreated back and was dropped...
      -11-01-2009, 07:31 PM
    • RamWraith
      Rams Report Card: RBs rise, coaches fall in average performance
      by RamWraith
      ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
      Monday, Nov. 13 2006

      QUARTERBACK
      Bulger's string of 100-plus passer ratings ends at six. He was under pressure
      much of the game, particularly after Pace left.
      Grade C

      RUNNING BACKS
      Jackson averaged 5.2 yards a carry and finished with 143 yards rushing and
      receiving. Why didn't he get the ball more often?
      Grade B

      WIDE RECEIVERS
      Holt and Bruce both caught seven passes, but Rams got little going downfield;
      only one completion went more than 18 yards.
      Grade C-

      OFFENSIVE LINE
      When do the mistakes stop? Four false starts, including two by Barron.
      Incognito's personal foul was a killer.
      Grade C-

      SPECIAL TEAMS
      Instead of leveling Burleson before his punt return for TD, Witherspoon and
      Harris watched him catch the ball and go.
      Grade D

      DEFENSIVE LINE
      Little was all over the place, with two sacks and the forced fumble that led to
      Adeyanju's TD return. Run defense was poor. Again.
      Grade C+

      LINEBACKERS
      Two sacks for Witherspoon; Tinoisamoa did what he could with bad hand, elbow.
      Stevens' TD catch came between the two LBs.
      Grade C+

      SECONDARY
      Not much to get excited about here. Rams haven't had an interception since way
      back in Game 4, and Butler still can't crack lineup.
      Grade C-

      COACHING
      Haslett was too conservative on defense in 1st half; Linehan's play-calling was
      strange, especially on 4th-down pass in 4th quarter.
      Grade D
      -11-13-2006, 04:50 AM
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