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    When is the last time someone saw an nfl game where NEITHER team had a timeout left in the last two minutes of a half? Why is it that for four years we seem to have so much trouble getting the plays in, especially after many very long gains when we have the defense reeling. Why do we always burn the timeouts rather than judging on the game situation if its better to take the 5 yard penalty.

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    Well, I don't think you ever want to take the five yard delay of game. But I would imagine that it has to do with the complex offensive system. I remember earlier today Goodspeed was lined up in the wrong spot and by the time they got everything where it was supposed to be Bulger had to burn a time out. I'd imagine with our playbook, stuff like that happens a good bit more than it does to other offenses.

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      Re: Clock management, or lack thereof

      Smartz is the answer

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        Re: Clock management, or lack thereof

        What escapes me is why after completing a long pass to Holt was a TO needed? Is the team so out of shape that it can't get down the field to line up for the next play?

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        • viper
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        • general counsel
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          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.

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          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.

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          Chris Long had 7 tackles and was around the ball all day. A future all pro
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          The McMichael leap was a really nice play.
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          Given how few and far between the td's have been this year, lets call attention to the 21 yard td to looker.
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          Watched the entire game today. I can't say that I'm particularly upset because I didn't expect much to be quite honest- I thought we were in a tough spot today going to SF and playing a team that A) hammered us the 1st time we played and B) still has work to do to secure a playoff spot. Of my many observations, three things stuck out:

          1) The NFL has turned the game into a complete joke in the name of "player safety". I am all for efforts to curb head injuries, eliminate cheap shots, leading with the head, etc. But it is apparent that the league doesn't want hard defense to be a part of the game anymore. You can't hit high, you can't go low, you can't have even light contact with a sliding QB, a defender is expected to adjust in mid-air on hits to an offensive player- just ridiculous. There are too many penalties called, and it sucks watching a game, getting excited after a good play and then see a flag. And it will only get worse.

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