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    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 OK, their coverage pretty good. GRADE: D-

    COACHING: There were problems getting personnel into the game, which cost the Rams a couple of timeouts. HC Steve Spagnuolo had a generally rough debut, but he earned points for temporarily benching, but not burying, Richie Incognito after his second personal foul. OC Pat Shurmur’s play-calling was timid and uninspired. The Rams failed to capitalize on the three early turnovers that DC Ken Flajole’s unit provided. The defense remains soft vs. the run, and there was little pressure on Hasselbeck. Tom McMahon’s special-teams committed a couple of major gaffes. GRADE: D-

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    Re: Rams report card vs. Seahawks

    Originally posted by RamFan_Til_I_Die View Post
    Rams report card vs. Seahawks
    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    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-
    "pass blocking wasnt terrible"
    anytime there are 3 sacks the pass blocking is bad

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    • 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
    • Nick
      Report card: Defensive line earns an A, coaches an A-
      by Nick
      Report card: Defensive line earns an A, coaches an A-
      By BILL COATS | Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010 5:22 pm

      St. Louis Rams 20, Seattle Seahawks 3

      QUARTERBACK: Sam Bradford threw a bad interception in the end zone, and a few of his tosses, especially early in the game, were off target. But that's quibbling in what overall was a solid effort by the rookie. His 15-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Gibson was a laser shot, but Bradford also showed a nice touch on the large number of screen passes that were called. GRADE: B

      RUNNING BACKS: Steven Jackson gets extra credit for a gritty performance. Playing with a sore groin, Jackson gutted out 124 yards from scrimmage -- 70 rushing, 54 receiving. Kenneth Darby scored a 21-yard TD with a nice run after a screen pass. GRADE: B+

      RECEIVERS: Another strong outing by WR Mark Clayton (5 catches, 72 yards). WR Danny Amendola also had 5 receptions, including a stunning one-handed catch. WR Brandon Gibson was effective, with 3 catches for 50 yards. TE Daniel Fells averaged 11.7 yards on 3 catches. GRADE: B

      OFFENSIVE LINE: The pass protection was spotty. Bradford was sacked four times and scrambled out of trouble on a few other occasions. The run blocking improved as the game went on. GRADE: C+

      DEFENSIVE LINE: A stellar performance, featuring a number of big plays. Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck was harassed all afternoon, and mostly by a four-man rush. He was sacked four times. The Rams were stout against the run, especially in the second half, when RB Justin Forsett mustered just 16 yards on eight carries. GRADE: A

      LINEBACKERS: David Vobora had a sack. Na'il Diggs was the most active he's been all year. Laurinaitis was solid, it not spectacular, in the middle. Nice job on dangerous TE John Carlson, who had just one catch. GRADE: B+

      SECONDARY: CB Bradley Fletcher had an interception for the second consecutive game. Ron Bartell was strong in coverage again. With Oshiomogho Atogwe getting limited time, Craig Dahl and James Butler did a nice job at safety. GRADE: B

      SPECIAL TEAMS: The Rams thwarted a fake field goal, Kevin Dockery hauling down the ballcarrier. Donnie Jones dropped four of seven punts inside the 20. K Josh Brown hit on both FG attempts. Rams coverage against Seattle's dangerous return units was good. GRADE: B+

      COACHING: Odd call by coach Steve Spagnuolo, eschewing an easy FG late in the game. Still, he obviously prepared his team well, despite injuries to his captains, Jackson and Atogwe, and several others throughout the week. Nice game-planning by OC Pat Shurmur, who hurt Seattle with several screen passes, and used a couple of four-wideout sets. DC Ken Flajole kept the Seahawks guessing, with different looks up front and well-timed blitzes. GRADE: A-
      -10-03-2010, 05:03 PM
    • RamWraith
      St. Louis Rams report card vs. San Francisco *****
      by RamWraith
      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-
      -12-22-2008, 04:39 AM
    • MauiRam
      Report Card: D-line earns an A, coaches an A minus ..
      by MauiRam
      By BILL COATS | Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 3:45 pm

      Post-Dispatch football writer Bill Coats grades the St. Louis Rams after their 20-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks:


      QUARTERBACK: Sam Bradford threw a bad interception in the end zone, and a few of his tosses, especially early in the game, were off target. But that's quibbling in what overall was a solid effort by the rookie. His 15-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Gibson was a laser shot, but Bradford also showed a nice touch on the large number of screen passes that were called. GRADE: B

      RUNNING BACKS: Steven Jackson gets extra credit for a gritty performance. Playing with a sore groin, Jackson gutted out 124 yards from scrimmage -- 70 rushing, 54 receiving. Kenneth Darby scored a 21-yard TD with a nice run after a screen pass. GRADE: B+

      RECEIVERS: Another strong outing by WR Mark Clayton (5 catches, 72 yards). WR Danny Amendola also had 5 receptions, including a stunning one-handed catch. WR Brandon Gibson was effective, with 3 catches for 50 yards. TE Daniel Fells averaged 11.7 yards on 3 catches. GRADE: B

      OFFENSIVE LINE: The pass protection was spotty. Bradford was sacked four times and scrambled out of trouble on a few other occasions. The run blocking improved as the game went on. GRADE: C+

      DEFENSIVE LINE: A stellar performance, featuring a number of big plays. Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck was harassed all afternoon, and mostly by a four-man rush. He was sacked four times. The Rams were stout against the run, especially in the second half, when RB Justin Forsett mustered just 16 yards on eight carries. GRADE: A

      LINEBACKERS: David Vobora had a sack. Na'il Diggs was the most active he's been all year. Laurinaitis was solid, it not spectacular, in the middle. Nice job on dangerous TE John Carlson, who had just one catch. GRADE: B+

      SECONDARY: CB Bradley Fletcher had an interception for the second consecutive game. Ron Bartell was strong in coverage again. With Oshiomogho Atogwe getting limited time, Craig Dahl and James Butler did a nice job at safety. GRADE: B

      SPECIAL TEAMS: The Rams thwarted a fake field goal, Kevin Dockery hauling down the ballcarrier. Donnie Jones dropped four of seven punts inside the 20. K Josh Brown hit on both FG attempts. Rams coverage against Seattle's dangerous return units was good. GRADE: B+

      COACHING: Odd call by coach Steve Spagnuolo, eschewing an easy FG late in the game. Still, he obviously prepared his team well, despite injuries to his captains, Jackson and Atogwe, and several others throughout the week. Nice game-planning by OC Pat Shurmur, who hurt Seattle with several screen passes, and used a couple of four-wideout sets. D
      -10-04-2010, 07:01 PM
    • 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
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