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    Where was the identity for
    the rams? I did not see any identity on the O side of the ball. We lost
    28 to 0! yes. So why did we not show that we are a running, stop the run
    team? Win or loose we would have showed identity by atleast running the ball.
    Last edited by HUbison; -09-14-2009, 12:40 PM.

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    When the Rams ran the ball, often times it was for minimal gain. The offensive line was not getting much push up front. Jackson had only five runs on the day that went for more than three yards, and one of them was called back because Avery was holding. It also didn't help that miscues and penalties put this team in situations where they needed to pass to gain back yards lost by negative plays.

    I would have liked to see some more attempts to get Jackson involved in this offense. It seemed like only a handful of his touches actually amounted to anything. Everyone on this staff has talked about his importance to the offense; you've got to find ways of getting him the ball in situations where he can make an impact.

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    • RamWraith
      Rams Want Run Game Revival
      by RamWraith
      Thursday, November 17, 2005

      By Nick Wagoner
      Senior Writer

      When the Rams’ season appeared to be in the most dire of straits – playing two games without the use of quarterback Marc Bulger and receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce – they hopped on the only mode of transportation that could carry them to victory.

      Running back Steven Jackson, nicknamed ‘Train’ because of his size and speed, responded by carrying the load against New Orleans and Jacksonville. Even without those Pro Bowl offensive talents, St. Louis found a way to victory on the strength of Jackson’s running, solid offensive line performances and a few timely turnovers on defense.

      After a bye week allowed the aforementioned offensive stars to recover from their injuries, the Rams’ biggest task offensively appeared to be finding the right balance between run and pass. After all, everyone who had longed for a power running game finally got to see what they wanted and it was effective.

      Even with the whole world knowing that Jackson was the Rams’ biggest offensive threat, opponents still couldn’t find a way to stop him. So, it stood to reason that the Rams would stick with Jackson against Seattle last week in another extremely important game. But the running game wasn’t as big a part of the game as many of the players expected.

      “Yeah, (I was) a little bit (surprised) because that kind of was our plan going in to run the ball a little bit more and we had some success but we had a few tackles for losses and that makes it tough on the play calling when you don’t get positive yardage on the running game too,” right guard Adam Timmerman said. “It takes commitment to stick with it and hopefully that’s what it will take down the stretch.”

      After the Jackson got 20 carries in the win against the Saints and 25 against Jacksonville the following week, his total dropped back to 17 against the Seahawks. Entering that game, the Seahawks were 12th in the league against the run, but were also without starting defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs and linebacker Jamie Sharper.

      In addition to the missing defensive pieces, the weather forecast called for rain, meaning that there was a good chance the game would be won on the ground.

      While Timmerman and Bruce expressed surprise at the lack of running game, Jackson actually wasn’t surprised by the slightly lighter load.

      “I kind of expected it,” Jackson said. “We had to get guys back into the groove of things and we wanted to try to stretch them out. We were going against the No. 1 offense and we knew we had to put up points so you can’t expect to run the ball too much.”

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    • coy bacon
      The Running Plays Myth
      by coy bacon
      Building upon Mr. Balzer's comments found in the thread entitled: "Balzer comments from Sirius Radio"

      I believe that for many years, experts, analysts, and gits, have said that if Running Back (RB) so and so gets XX amount of carries per game, then that team wins YY% of the time, with YY usually being about 80. The implication, or outright conclusion, behind this is that in order for the team to win, their RB must carry the ball so many times.

      Aristotle weeps.

      I've always felt a bit troubled by such statements, as if its an ace magic formulae for winning football games. Codswallop! Not bloody likely I say! It's another example of easy to swallow inferior analysis.

      Some things Balzer said that are dead on:

      "As I've noted before, if you're getting stuffed for losses on first down, it's tough to keep running."

      and

      "These are typical stats that don't look at the big picture. Why did Jackson get the ball so much in the fourth quarter? Because the Rams had the lead."

      and

      "In most of the games the Rams lost, they fell behind, and often by a lot, which meant they weren't going to run the ball. In those games, Jackson was often stuffed consistently and that led to more passing. When he would get minus 2 yards on first down, passes followed. When he was stopped on 3rd and 1, that turned the ball over to the defense, which kept the chains from moving and fewer offensive plays."


      The point should be obvious: a running game that is ineffective against a particular team should not be used indefinately, especially when they're behind. Isn't it possible that teams with exquisite passing games gain early leads and then run the ball to eat up the clock? But, the dim only look at the stats, and see that the team won, and did a lot of running... therefore run the ball to win is the key!

      Bollocks I say to the formulae of amt. of runs per game equates to wins. Its an uncorrelated relationship.

      If you want to win football games, do what you need to do, to score the most points (duh). That includes runs, or passes, or both, that work. If a D is stacking the line with 8 men 75% of the time the coach better be calling passes.
      -06-15-2006, 06:59 AM
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    • Nick
      Jackson boxed in
      by Nick
      Jackson Boxed In
      Sunday, November 20, 2005

      By Nick Wagoner
      Senior Writer

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      But that’s exactly what the Arizona Cardinals did to the Rams on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. More shocking, though, than Arizona’s dare of the Rams was the fact that the ploy actually worked.

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      Jackson finished with 6 yards on 12 carries, an average of half a yard per attempt. Jackson had a 6-yard gain in the second quarter which was his longest of the day. Of his 12 carries, five went for negative yards.

      Jackson made matters worse with a fumble near the end of the first half. All in all, it was a long day for Jackson and it didn’t help that the Rams were unable to get the Cardinals to come out of their loaded package through the air.

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      -11-21-2005, 04:37 PM
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      -10-07-2006, 02:33 PM
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