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  • Rams V. Packers Grades

    Here it is:

    Quarterbacks - Bulger left with an injury before he ever got a chance to do much. Boller came out and gave a spark, and threw two touchdown passes that were as beautiful as any I've seen. He moved around well in the pocket, ran for a couple first downs, and even laid a crushing block. However, the second half was terrible, he threw a terrible INT on a play where Amendola had a step, and has a difficult time hitting his man when staying in the pocket. He appears to be much better on the run.

    Grade - C

    Running Backs - Jackson played like a man possessed today, running hard when there was no hole, and making good use of the small holes he did find. It is amazing to see a man his size run like he does. He also made the best of several short passes out of the backfield, and even blocked well in the pass game. Darby had a great catch and run to convert a third down.

    Grade - A-

    Wide Receivers - Robinson got off to a nice start before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Avery dropped yet another pass and his confidence seems to be shot. Burton looked good in the first half, but Boller barely looked his way in the second half. Amendola got a few reps in the offense, and got open twice from what I could tell. Boller missed him for the INT, on what could have been a nice run and catch. This group is in shambles.

    Grade - D

    Offensive Line - This group generally blocked ok in the pass game today. Hard to tell if this was a solid effort or just because Boller was able to move around a little more effectively than Bulger. The run blocking was so-so, and Jackson probably made them look a little better than the actually were. Goldberg seemed to hold up well enough on the rightside. Nobody in particular stood out in this game.

    Grade - C+

    Tight Ends - Fells showed an ability to run some nice routes and made a pair of nice grabs on the TDs. We need to get him more involved. McMichael made a great one handed grab early, but killed a drive with a critical 3rd down drop on a great throw by Boller. Bejema was noticable in the blocking game and did well.

    Grade - B-

    Defensive Line - This group held up very well to the run today, and this is seen in the lack of tackles made by linebackers. Ramsey again showed an ability to be a disrupter and deserves more reps. Gibson had a nice pass defensed and was very active against the run. Chris Long may not be getting to the passer yet but he is superb against the run. Little had two early sacks. Ah You is a non-factor. Where is Big Vic? Hollis stuffed a run. The pass rush was actually decent in this game, but containment of Rodgers often brokedown.

    Grade: B-

    Linebackers - This group had an up and down game. Both Vobora and Witherspoon had tackles for loss when shooting the gap on run plays. They generally played well in coverage and neutralized the tight ends. However, they failed to get containment on Rodgers several times when the D-line forced him out of the pocket. Why aren't we blitzing the group more often? It should be noted that Lauranitis seems to be doing a good job of getting the defense into position and making adjustments.

    Grade: C+

    Defensive Backs - James Butler going down early caused some problems with this group. Dahl filled in for Butler and played admirably, particularly in the run game. He wasn't nearly as bad against the pass as some think. Wade played OK but got burned on a TD. Bartell got beaten badly twice by Jennings. He had no safety help, and apparently was hampered by a quad injury. No way Jennings is faster than Bartell. Fletcher had a terrible PI penalty that make Driver look awesome, but he was as the nickle. I noticed King playing well in coverage when he got opportunities. The scheme took away the TE's by moving the LB's up and out, and the safeties down. It put the DB's in a bad position. Tackling was sound.

    Grade: C-

    Special Teams - Coverage was generally sound against a very good return game. Donnie Jones was awesome, and Brown made a long FG that would have been good from 60. There was one breadown resulting in a blocked FG. Amendola looked very good on returns, a major upgrade.

    Grade: B

    Coaching - No doubt that Spags has this team believing in themselves. They played admirably again in the redzone. What I like about this team is they are able to adjust from week to week, something the previous scheme could not do. We took away the tight end this week, but got burned on the outside. Maybe they can find a happy median against the 49'ers. The offensive play calling was nice in the first half, but questionable in the second. Why aren't we taking shots downfield? Why no play action? Defensively, a nice game against the run, but why aren't the linebackers or DB's blitzing? The offense has to play better to keep the defense fresh. This defense is more than capable, but we don't have the depth to stay energized all game.

    Grade: C

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    Re: Rams V. Packers Grades

    I agree on the Jackson grade and your observation on his blocking,I watched out for that also since he has taken a beating for his poor blocking and I also think he did very well with that on Sunday,he really is our best player.


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      Tight Ends - Can McMichael rebound and have success like he did in Miami? He better, because he is crucial to this offense's success. Fells has talent, both as a tight-end and HB, but needs to be more consistent. Bejema is a great blocker and showed surprising hands this offseason.

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