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    The biggest question following Sunday's 35-0 loss to San Francisco was the immediate future of left tackle Alex Barron. Entering the final year of his contract, Barron was moved from right tackle to left tackle this past offseason following the release of Orlando Pace. He stayed there after the Rams selected tackle Jason Smith with the second overall pick in the draft. Smith has missed the last two games because of a knee injury, but might be ready to return this week. The question was whether he will remain at right tackle or replace Barron, who was benched late in the first half against the *****. With the score 7-0, the Rams had moved from their own 27 to the San Francisco 36, where it was third-and-4 with 1:29 left in the half. Quarterback Kyle Boller connected with Danny Amendola on a 17-yard play to the 19-yard line. However, the play was negated by one of the team's 10 penalties. Barron was called for not lining up on the line of scrimmage. Barron was then replaced by John Greco, who played the remainder of the game. Greco had practiced at left tackle during the week while Barron missed time because of a thigh injury. Asked about the decision after the game, coach Steve Spagnuolo said, "Well, again it's not a policy, that's not something that we're going to be doing here. Someone makes a mistake we're not yanking people out of here. I told the group I have a tremendous amount of confidence Alex Barron, I still do. I just felt that it was something we had to do at that particular point and it's over and done and we'll move on." Said Barron, "It was just a decision made by the coach, and that was that. You don't want to get pulled, but it happens." Barron refused to comment on whether the decision was justified, and when asked if he would be more motivated in practice this week, said, "You've got to be motivated anyway. We've got a game Sunday. We've got to play against a good team. Our focus is toward the Vikings." Greco, a third-round pick in 2008, started one game at guard as a rookie, and worked exclusively at guard during the offseason and training camp. He missed the first two games this season with a wrist injury, and began practicing at tackle after Smith suffered a knee injury in Week 2 because the team had no other tackles behind Barron and Adam Goldberg. "I wanted to show that I could play anywhere," he said. "I was kind of getting ready for it this week (in practice). I got an opportunity to get in there, and hopefully I did my job." Center Jason Brown had praise for the job Greco did. "John did a very good job out there; we're proud of him," Brown said. "We never like to call each other backup players; we like to say we have solid depth. Whenever a man goes down, the next guy called to duty has to come in and perform at a level that'll help us win the game. He did that today." Concluded Greco, "It felt good to get in, but I'm kind of sick about the loss." On Monday, Spagnuolo said details of a meeting he had with Barron in the morning would "remain between us." The coach added, "I had my reasons for doing what I did, and now there's a clean slate." Without being absolutely definitive, Spagnuolo was saying Barron would likely be back in the starting lineup ("I anticipate he will be with the ones") and that Smith would "probably" return to right tackle when healthy.
    NOTES, QUOTES

    —Despite doing little on offense, Sunday's game was scoreless when the defense forced a punt from the San Francisco 43-yard line in the second quarter. Cornerback Quincy Butler had the ball bounce off his foot at the 14-yard line as he was running down to block. The ball quickly went to the end zone where Butler tried to pick it up and run. He failed, and San Francisco linebacker Scott McKillop recovered for the first touchdown of the game. Had Butler simply fell on the ball, it would have been a touchback. Said Butler, "I felt the ball hit me, it hit me in the back of my leg. I tried to run and go get it. But things didn't turn out my way. I thought about falling on it. But my first reaction was just to pick it up and try to kick it out of the end zone or something." He never tried to "kick it out of the end zone," a move that would have better than the result. —Running back Steven Jackson had 26 touches (23 rushes, three receptions) for a total of 85 yards. The touches constituted 45.6 percent of the team's 57 plays, and the yards were 48 percent of the 177 total. He averaged just 3.4 yards per rush and 2.0 per catch. "Really tough going," he said. "The ***** did a really good job of containing the run, stopping the run, and making it really hard on us to get anything going. There was definitely a lot of guys in the box. Patrick Willis made plays like we expected him to make plays. It's no surprise. Every team's going to (stack the box) until we find a way to put points on the board. So we've just got to fight it." It was particularly tough on first down. Jackson ran the ball on the team's first six first-down plays, gaining 16 yards. For the game, he had 10 first-down attempts for just 19 yards. —The Rams entered the game against San Francisco tied for fifth in the league for the most penalties with 22 and they were seventh in penalty yardage with 170. It was more of the same Sunday, beginning with a holding penalty on Anthony Smith on the opening kickoff that wiped out a 92-yard return by Danny Amendola. For the game, the Rams were penalized 10 times for 73 yards. "We have a huge emphasis on playing good, smart, fundamentally sound football," center Jason Brown said. "But yet there were a lot of bad penalties out there and we are hard on ourselves about that because we were playing against ourselves for the better part of the first half of the game. Penalty-wise, we were shooting ourselves in the foot. A lot of missed opportunities." —No Rams team since the 1942 club that played in Cleveland had been shut out twice in a season. Through four games, they have been outscored 108-24. Sunday, they had nine possessions of three plays or less with total yards gained of nine yards on 26 plays. Three possessions netted negative yardage. In the second half, there were five possessions totaling 14 plays for minus-5 yards. Quarterback Kyle Boller had a 77.1 passer rating in the first half, completing 7 of 12 passes for 76 yards. In the second half, he was 6-for-12 for 32 yards and had an interception returned for a touchdown. His second-half rating was 21.7 and he finished with an overall passer rating of 48.6.

    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    PLAYER NOTES —QB Marc Bulger did some light tossing Monday and felt OK. Bulger also did a little throwing in pregame warm-ups Sunday. At this time of the week, he is considered questionable for Sunday's game against Minnesota. —LG Jacob Bell experienced some muscle spasms in his back Sunday, but it is anticipated he will be fine for this week's game against the Vikings. —CB Ron Bartell is considered day-to-day because of a thigh injury that had him inactive for Sunday's game against San Francisco. —SS Craig Dahl suffered a concussion against the ***** and will have baseline testing Tuesday. —DT LaJuan Ramsey suffered a minor ankle injury Sunday against the *****, and it is hoped he will be OK for this week's game against Minnesota. —OT Jason Smith, who has missed two games because of a knee injury, is now considered day-to-day and it is hoped he will be available to play Sunday against Minnesota.REPORT CARD VS. ***** PASSING OFFENSE: F — QB Kyle Boller was sacked five times and passed for just 108 yards. He had an interception returned for a touchdown, and in the second half went 6-of-12 for 32 yards with a passer rating of 21.7. In the last two games, Boller's second-half passer rating is 24.6 on 14-of-30 passing for 96 yards and two interceptions. RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus — RB Steven Jackson ran hard, but he averaged just 3.4 yards an attempt and he gained only 19 yards on 10 first-and-10 plays. Jackson was out of the game on a key second-quarter third-and-less-than-a-yard play and Samkon Gado was stuffed for a one-yard loss. PASS DEFENSE: B-minus — Without CB Ron Bartell, the pass defense was solid. Although they allowed touchdown passes of 24 yards to WR Josh Morgan and 21 yards to TE Vernon Davis. San Francisco wideouts had just six receptions for 67 yards. RUSH DEFENSE: B — With Frank Gore out, backup RB Glen Coffee gained 74 yards on 24 carries, just 3.1 per attempt. The ***** were content to be conservative on offense and let the defense win the game. SPECIAL TEAMS: F — A holding penalty on the opening kickoff wiped out a 92-yard kickoff return and the ***** scored the first touchdown of the game when Quincy Butler had a punt bounce off his foot into the end zone, and then tried to pick up the ball rather than fall on it. PK Josh Brown was short on a 51-yard field-goal attempt. COACHING: D — There were some head-scratching decisions. Running Gado on third and less than a yard; trying a reverse to Amendola, who had left the game because of cramps. He failed to get the ball cleanly, fumbled and the ***** recovered for a touchdown. Some of the play-calling illustrates a lack of confidence in the offense. Jackson ran the ball on six consecutive first-and-10 plays to start the game.
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  • eldfan
    St Louis Rams Team Report
    by eldfan
    When you are the coach of a team that is 0-2, has lost 12 consecutive games and is 5-29 since the start of the 2007 season, fragile can be the psyche.
    It's why coach Steve Spagnuolo is trying to stay consistent, and emphasizing the positive as the Rams prepare for their home opener Sunday against Green Bay.

    While noting the fact that the offense had three possessions of 10 plays or more and the defense prevented the Redskins from scoring touchdowns on four trips to the red zone, Spagnuolo acknowledged, "We have a lot to work on. As I told the team, I'm disappointed, but not discouraged. We have to continue to emphasize the details, because this loss came down to the details."

    Yes, the Rams had those three possessions that totaled 33 plays. But they managed just one touchdown, and there were only 17 plays on their other five possessions.

    Yes, the Rams stopped the Redskins in the red zone, but four of Washington's possessions lasted 55 plays, gained 302 yards and took 27:04 off the clock. Overall, the Redskins ran 70 plays to the Rams' 50 and had the ball for 34:53.

    Spagnuolo added, "There's no moral victories in this league. But I'm mostly disappointed in the fact that we've got a football team that works their butts off, and they haven't had a chance to feel victory yet. We've got a long ways to go here.

    "It is a cliche that you take one or two plays out of a game and the outcome changes. But in this particular (game), that would be true. Because there were certain plays in there that if they went differently, we might be on the other end of the win-loss column."

    Two of the plays were a fumble by Donnie Avery at the Washington 5-yard line in the fourth quarter that stopped a drive, and a sack of quarterback Jason Campbell on which he barely got out of the end zone.

    Said Avery, "I was just trying to get more yards. I was trying to get YAC (yards after the catch) on the play, and ended up fumbling. I let the team down."

    Adam Goldberg, who replaced rookie Jason Smith at right tackle in the first half after Smith injured his knee, said, "We know as a team we have to tidy things up and go out and get it done. We all feel this way. It's time to get it done and go out and get a W."

    NOTES, QUOTES

    —Quarterback Marc Bulger received treatment after the Washington game for a sore back that was the result of a three-yard run in the second half. Bulger went into a slide, but that didn't stop two Redskins players from hitting him. Bulger wasn't pleased that a penalty wasn't called on the play. The Rams called time out to allow Bulger to recover, and during the break, he made his point to referee Jerome Boger.

    After the game, Bulger said, "I think my thoughts were obvious. But I don't want to go back and re-hash it."

    Early in...
    -09-23-2009, 05:20 PM
  • eldfan
    A new low for rams
    by eldfan
    The formula for victory couldn't have been more clear-cut for the Rams entering Sunday's game at Candlestick Park. Against a San Francisco squad that featured a snarling defense, but a pedestrian offense, the surest path to an upset victory was to minimize mistakes, take care of the football and don't give up anything cheap.

    Alas, the Rams did just the opposite. On a day when the defense played spirited football and Steven Jackson ran as hard as humanly possible, the Rams gift-wrapped three touchdowns for the ***** and seemingly made more mistakes than humanly possible.

    The result was another sobering dose of humiliation, a 35-0 shellacking that left the Rams at 0-4 this season and extended their franchise-record losing streak to 14 games. The Rams have been outscored by an astounding 108-24 this season. They are as painful to watch as ever. Yes, the defense is more competitive, but that's more than negated by an offense that isn't — Jackson's work notwithstanding.

    There was no fire and brimstone from coach Steve Spagnuolo after the loss. No calling out of players. Just lots of disappointment.

    "I am disappointed in the loss," Spagnuolo said. "I'm disappointed in how it happened. I'm disappointed that we weren't able to play a better football game — that the score was what it was. I'm not discouraged, just disappointed in the way it went."

    Defensive tackle Clifton Ryan, who has played some of his best football the past two weeks, made an unusual postgame plea.

    "I'm asking our fans to be patient," Ryan said. "I'm asking you guys in the media to be patient. We can't turn it around overnight. It's going to be a work in progress.

    "When the Rams first got here they won the Super Bowl and went to two Super Bowls — a lot of success in their first 10 years. I think our fans and the media got real spoiled.

    "But we're going to get it back because we've got a lot of young guys dedicated to getting this show back on the road, and getting this franchise back to being one of the top franchises in this league."

    As sincere as Ryan's comments were, patience is in short supply in Rams Nation. This franchise has lost 31 of its past 36 games, and despite an offseason in which the mantra seemingly was blow it all up, things don't seem to be getting any better at the quarter pole of the 2009 season.

    "It hurts me, and it hurts all these guys to lose 14 straight," Ryan said. "Because we work real hard and we take pride in the product we put on the field. I don't want you guys to think that this is not important to us. It's very important to us. We're hurting inside.

    "We deserve so much more, as a team, as a city, and as a franchise. Because we put a lot of hard work and dedication into playing each and every Sunday."

    ...
    -10-05-2009, 06:50 AM
  • Nick
    Rams fall to San Francisco *****
    by Nick
    Rams fall to San Francisco *****
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Oct. 05 2009

    SAN FRANCISCO — The formula for victory couldn't have been more clear-cut for
    the Rams entering Sunday's game at Candlestick Park. Against a San Francisco
    squad that featured a snarling defense, but a pedestrian offense, the surest
    path to an upset victory was to minimize mistakes, take care of the football
    and don't give up anything cheap.

    Alas, the Rams did just the opposite. On a day when the defense played spirited
    football and Steven Jackson ran as hard as humanly possible, the Rams
    gift-wrapped three touchdowns for the ***** and seemingly made more mistakes
    than humanly possible.

    The result was another sobering dose of humiliation, a 35-0 shellacking that
    left the Rams at 0-4 this season and extended their franchise-record losing
    streak to 14 games. The Rams have been outscored by an astounding 108-24 this
    season. They are as painful to watch as ever. Yes, the defense is more
    competitive, but that's more than negated by an offense that isn't — Jackson's
    work notwithstanding.

    There was no fire and brimstone from coach Steve Spagnuolo after the loss. No
    calling out of players. Just lots of disappointment.

    "I am disappointed in the loss," Spagnuolo said. "I'm disappointed in how it
    happened. I'm disappointed that we weren't able to play a better football game
    — that the score was what it was. I'm not discouraged, just disappointed in the
    way it went."

    Defensive tackle Clifton Ryan, who has played some of his best football the
    past two weeks, made an unusual postgame plea.

    "I'm asking our fans to be patient," Ryan said. "I'm asking you guys in the
    media to be patient. We can't turn it around overnight. It's going to be a work
    in progress.

    "When the Rams first got here they won the Super Bowl and went to two Super
    Bowls — a lot of success in their first 10 years. I think our fans and the
    media got real spoiled.

    "But we're going to get it back because we've got a lot of young guys dedicated
    to getting this show back on the road, and getting this franchise back to being
    one of the top franchises in this league."

    As sincere as Ryan's comments were, patience is in short supply in Rams Nation.
    This franchise has lost 31 of its past 36 games, and despite an offseason in
    which the mantra seemingly was blow it all up, things don't seem to be getting
    any better at the quarter pole of the 2009 season.

    "It hurts me, and it hurts all these guys to lose 14 straight," Ryan said.
    "Because...
    -10-05-2009, 09:35 AM
  • r8rh8rmike
    Both Tackles Could Be Back For Rams
    by r8rh8rmike
    Both tackles could be back for Rams
    By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
    Oct 7, 5:44 pm EDT

    ST. LOUIS (AP)—The winless St. Louis Rams played without both starting offensive tackles in the second half of last weekend’s 35-0 loss at San Francisco.

    Both could be back, although it might be a stretch for quarterback Marc Bulger to get ready in time for Sunday’s home game against the Vikings.

    Bulger did some light throwing Wednesday but appeared to be short-arming the ball and did not take any snaps with the first string. He’s still on the mend from a bruised rotator cuff that sidelined him last weekend and said there was some pain.

    “I’d hate to put 50-50 or 60-40 on it’s just because there’s too much time between now and the game,” Bulger said. “Today, I obviously wouldn’t have played because I don’t have the juice I need on the ball.”

    The biggest hurdle will be attempting to judge whether Bulger can take some hits without aggravating the injury. The unbeaten Vikings (4-0) have been punishing opponents, with Jared Allen(notes) piling up 4.5 sacks on Monday night alone against the Packers.

    Bulger pointed out he’s been getting banged around no matter who the Rams have played.

    The Rams are averaging just six points per game, last in the NFL, and they’ve gotten shut out with both Bulger and backup Kyle Boller starting. St. Louis mustered 177 yards of total offense behind Boller last week.

    Offensive tackle Alex Barron worked with the first string, fully restored from a disciplinary benching. The other tackle, Jason Smith, got limited repetitions with backups and could return, perhaps as a backup, from a bruised left knee that has sidelined him for two weeks.

    Coach Steve Spagnuolo had a chat Monday with Barron, a first-round draft pick in 2005 who the Rams anticipated would step up as a dominant tackle after the departure of seven-time Pro Bowler Orlando Pace.

    “I’m not concerned about messages,” Spagnuolo said. “It was men working with men, that’s all we do. We just kind of put it behind us and we move on.”

    Barron was whistled for lining up in the backfield on his last play, late in the first half. He was a few feet behind the line of scrimmage and had checked before the play with the linesman to make sure he was OK.

    It’s not clear whether that was Spagnuolo’s only issue with Barron, with neither party providing details.

    “We had a conversation and what we talked about it strictly between us,” Barron said. “We’re ready to move on to Minnesota. You can’t have no hard feelings and carry them over, because that’s just going to screw up the game this weekend.”

    Safety Craig Dahl (concussion) was back after getting cleared by the medical staff and would again start in place of James Butler (knee), who Spagnuolo said would be doubtful. Cornerback...
    -10-08-2009, 10:32 AM
  • eldfan
    Rams Team Report
    by eldfan
    Rams tight end Randy McMichael has a simple way of describing running back Steven Jackson.
    Said McMichael, "We call him 'The Beast.'" He added, "Best running back in football, without a doubt."

    It was hard to debate that Sunday. Jackson accounted for 166 yards of total offense, 46 percent of the team's 362-yard total, and many of the yards came on sheer will and determination. For the game, Jackson rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries and added 17 receiving yards. His 25-yard touchdown run that won the game Sunday against the Lions was his and team's first rushing touchdown of the season.

    "Steve was a man the whole game," defensive end Leonard Little said.

    Talking about the run that won the game, center Jason Brown said, after blocking a lineman to the ground, "You look up and you see No. 39 getting smaller and smaller. And you say, 'Thank you ... thank you so much.'

    "One guy can't take him down; he's a horse ... a stallion."

    Jackson knocked over defenders, dragged them for extra yards, and even bowled over an official on a 17-yard that came one play before the touchdown.

    Of the touchdown, Jackson said, "Man, that run felt really good. We knew that ... whoever had the ball last was going to have a pretty good chance of driving the ball and putting the game away. We really felt like it was our time to take over."

    Said tight end Daniel Fells, "It couldn't happen to a better guy. Steven is the rock of this team. We all look up to him."

    Added coach Steve Spagnuolo, "That was especially special because it was him and the way he did it ... that's Steven. Just the way the run (went), breaking all those tackles and busting into the open; he was determined to get into the end zone, and that's what he's all about."

    After the same offensive line started five consecutive games, right tackle Adam Goldberg slid to his left for the game against the Lions because right guard Richie Incognito was sidelined with a foot injury. Rookie Jason Smith returned for his first start at right tackle since injuring his knee in Week 2 against Washington.

    Then, in the second half Sunday, left guard Jacob Bell left the game with an apparent concussion and was replaced by Mark Setterstrom.

    Said Spagnuolo, "That's a credit to the coaches. Steve Loney and Art (Valero), they do a great job with the O-line, and when Jacob got dinged we've got to put another guy in there, but they didn't seem to skip a beat. Steven stayed effective; that's the confidence that Steven has in the O-line. Anytime you take a backup and put him in the game where he hasn't had all the reps during practice, I think the coaches deserve some credit.

    "That means they're coaching, not just the starting five, they're getting everybody ready and every...
    -11-03-2009, 09:00 PM
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