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  • Looking for a Bright Side?

    By far the best part of the game for me was watching our young receivers have a nice game. The play calling had something to do with it, as did having a decent QB'ing performance. However, there were lots of nice things to like about what they did today.

    Avery -- only dropped one pass, had a really nice run after the catch for a first down, and actually showed a couple of good routes. My concern with him has been a failure to get separation and he actually got some today. That's a sign of improvement.

    Burtton -- he showed the kind of game you can expect from a third WR in the league. He caught things thrown to him, ran a great inside-outside route to get open for a bomb (Boller over threw it by three yards), and operated both inside and outside.

    Amendola -- he's a much better returner than Stanley and showed some decent hands in the passing game. He doesn't look like he runs great routes, but he's not a bad guy to have on your team if he performs like that.

    Between Robinson's performances earlier in the season and today, I have a lot more hope for the WRs than I did three weeks ago. If -- and its a big if -- they start to do this more consistently, we can worry a little bit less about WR and focus more on other positions next offseason. That would be a big help.

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    Re: Looking for a Bright Side?

    Great post!

    I agree with you. I was calling for the OC's head, but he showed improvement today as well. A lot better play calling resulted in a lot better play by our receivers.

    We just need to improve that line...

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    • #3
      Re: Looking for a Bright Side?

      Play calling was *much* better today, save the first ten minutes of the second half. Still, it took them too long to take a shot down field.

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      • #4
        Re: Looking for a Bright Side?

        Originally posted by chiguy View Post
        Play calling was *much* better today, save the first ten minutes of the second half. Still, it took them too long to take a shot down field.
        They should do that, first play of a drive. Have Jackson and Karney in the back, then launch one to Avery. It might work.

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        • #5
          Re: Looking for a Bright Side?

          I agree, the receivers stepped it up today and are showing signs of life. Now if the rest of the offense can do the same, we might be able to get something going, providing the mistake trend turns around.

          Nice thread chiguy.

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          • #6
            Re: Looking for a Bright Side?

            Originally posted by chiguy View Post
            By far the best part of the game for me was watching our young receivers have a nice game. The play calling had something to do with it, as did having a decent QB'ing performance. However, there were lots of nice things to like about what they did today.

            Avery -- only dropped one pass, had a really nice run after the catch for a first down, and actually showed a couple of good routes. My concern with him has been a failure to get separation and he actually got some today. That's a sign of improvement.

            Burtton -- he showed the kind of game you can expect from a third WR in the league. He caught things thrown to him, ran a great inside-outside route to get open for a bomb (Boller over threw it by three yards), and operated both inside and outside.

            Amendola -- he's a much better returner than Stanley and showed some decent hands in the passing game. He doesn't look like he runs great routes, but he's not a bad guy to have on your team if he performs like that.

            Between Robinson's performances earlier in the season and today, I have a lot more hope for the WRs than I did three weeks ago. If -- and its a big if -- they start to do this more consistently, we can worry a little bit less about WR and focus more on other positions next offseason. That would be a big help.

            Couldn't agree more man. The core as a whole did much better than in previous weeks and I think a number of things helped that. For one costly penalties seemed to be much else though there still were some and recievers weren't set back after a offensive push. Everyone just seemed to step up exactly as you described them and Boller did a pretty decent job getting them the ball today. If our recievers continue consistency like this they are sure developing into a solid core we can have faith in.

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            • #7
              Re: Looking for a Bright Side?

              If not for all the turnovers, this one looked winnable. There were a few drops, but our receivers also made some tough catches and picked up yards after the carry. It was also interesting to see SJ line up as a receiver on so many plays.

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              • #8
                Re: Looking for a Bright Side?

                Bulger had a perfect passer rating, too!

                (I know he played like 10 minutes, but still...)
                sigpicThis is for Randy! GO BRM!

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                • #9
                  Re: Looking for a Bright Side?

                  The receivers certainly did a better job of getting some separation and making things happen when they got the ball. I'm not sure I've seen anyone more open this season than Avery was on that play action bootleg pass. Burton is showing some good ability to make something happen in terms of YAC. Still, I think this unit is in desperate need for a true difference-making #1 receiver. But I think the receivers demonstrated to other teams that you can't just put 11 guys on Jackson and forget about the passing game completely.

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                  • RamsInfiniti
                    Some Positives That Emerged Today ...
                    by RamsInfiniti
                    Well, believe it or not, I saw a couple nice things that deserved to be commented on:

                    1. The Running Back Corps - I think it is official that we can let Minor go. As hard as I've been on S.J. lately, and it's only because I feel he has unlimited potential, I definitely feel he is one of the elite running backs in the league. He can do it all: run it inside, run it outside, catch the ball, basically a jack of all trades.

                    With that said, it looks like Pittman is completely recovered from his hamstring issue. He ran with conviction today and showed a burst he did not have in previous weeks. He doesn't go down easily and keeps his legs moving after contact. He also catches the ball well out of the backfield, and I think he is definitely going to be a very servicable backup. He is one of the few bright spots that came out of the Linehan regime. A very solid hard nosed runner who works hard to finish plays.

                    And what about Darby? He also looked good running the ball. Forget what you heard about him having a slow 40 yard dash. He can get moving just fine when he gets the pigskin in his hands. His running numbers would have looked alot better had Bulger not audibled into a pathetic run play that resulted in a 6 yard loss. But most impressive was his hands snagging balls out of the backfield, including an impressive diving grab in the 1st quarter. This guy can run, catch, and block - everything you want in a third down back. And no fumbles today!

                    With these three guys, and possibly Leonard next year, Minor should be gone and we definitely have a great corp of young backs.

                    Very impressive effort by Pittman and Darby today, almost 200 yards of total offense.

                    2. Donnie Avery and Keenan Burton - He showed the entire repitoire today. He made some nice moves on smoke routes and made a couple of nice intermediate grabs. But that catch he made on the fly route down the sideline was just sick. He made it a little difficult on himself by getting too close to the edge, but the body control he displayed to made that grab and get the feet down was incredible. If this offense ever gets established, this guy is going to put up insane numbers. I found it amazing how the commentators were drooling over the guy, and they even said, albeit incorrect, that he would have likely been drafted even higher if not for the combine injuries.

                    As for Burton, not alot shows up on the stat sheet yet, but this guy is doing it all. He made two grabs, but he is busting his tail on special teams, and throwing blocks all over the field. I love his effort. I still think he has the potential to be a top-notch receiver, lets just see how he fits into the system. All he needs to do is keep working. Lets pray his knees hold up.

                    3. Craft the Blitzing Machine - He definitely stuggles playing man to man coverage as the #2 corner, but as a nickel and dime guy, I think he has some value. The...
                    -11-16-2008, 08:31 PM
                  • schut39
                    What I got out of the game today
                    by schut39
                    Same as always I'm posting my thoughts of the game.

                    1. This team shows alot more intensity with Haslett as HC, they play all 4 quarters

                    2. They respond way better to things that go wrong for example the first cowboy's drive was a TD, but they came back with their own score.

                    3. Donnie Avery will probably be our no. 1 reciever when Torry Holt leaves us. He has shown us that he can stretch the field in these last 2 games and knows where the ball is.

                    4. This is my opinion, but I think it would've been nice to see Keenan Burton catch a few more balls.

                    5. If Steven Jackson is out for a week or so with his pulled quad, then we shouldn't be worried too much. Travis Minor was bustin off some big runs.

                    6. Our defensive backs contained T.O. and Roy Williams throughout the game. They both totalled 2 catches for 31 yards in the entire game. Our backs are really stepping it up. We had a little trouble with their backups though.

                    7. O.J. Atogwe is playing like he did last year. 2 picks on the day that helped us seal the deal. One pick was right over T.O., I bet he's gotta be mad.

                    8. Our o-line did a little bit better protecting against the run today than they did last week. They even allowed Travis Minor to get some big runs.

                    9. Steven Jackson had his biggest game of the year, we just have to be sure not to over work him.(quad injury)

                    10. We got 4 turnovers today, that is more than we have totalled all year, good job defense.

                    Add anything else that you got from the game today.

                    *Also, I read somewhere that Steven Jackson's injury was a quad pull or a bruise and hopefully it isn't too serious. He is to undergo an MRI*


                    -10-19-2008, 04:42 PM
                  • ScottD413
                    Looked better today
                    by ScottD413
                    I know, I know, I'm disapointed too. But we looked much better today than last week.

                    - Let me start by saying I was wrong about jumping to conclusions about Burton. He had a good game today

                    - We're still passing the ball too much. Jackson had some nice runs and we should have kept with it

                    - You can't blame Bulger for this loss. He was a little shaky early, but settled in and had a nice game

                    - On the play before the Avery fumble, Jackson had a HUGE hole if he just followed Karney. HUGE. Instead he bounced it outside and lost yards. He dances too much. When he puts his head down and follows his blockers he looks great. When he dances too much, he loses yards.

                    - We had a better pass rush today. Campbell is just really athletic, and tucked the ball down and ran. I thought we got in the QB's face a little better today than we did last week.

                    - We really needed those timeouts at the end of the game. Spags needs to fix the communication errors that are leading to our burned timeouts.

                    - Still too many penalties. Not as bad as last week, but still too many. This is on Spags too. He'll get it corrected

                    - Randy McMichael and Donnie Avery...seriously guys. McMichael can't block or catch. Avery dropped one or two today, and of course there was that BIG fumble that lost the game. He needs to learn to HOLD ON TO THE BALL INSTEAD OF DANCING FOR MORE YARDS!!!!!!

                    - Can't really blame Marc on that last drive. Where was the pass protection? Why didn't Avery try to come back to that ball on the last play?


                    Everything considered, I'm upset we lost but I'm excited at the same time. Every week were going to get better and better.
                    -09-20-2009, 02:02 PM
                  • RamsFan16
                    RamsFan16's thoughts on the game.
                    by RamsFan16
                    Hello ClanRam family! I just wanted to congradulate the Rams on an absolutely great effort today on the Gridiron Battlefield. It's the first time in a long time that I was absolutely proud to be a Rams fan ( I always am proud, but even though we lost, I feel like we won ). We didn't get the win, but we got the next best thing... A chance to take down the best team in the NFC and possibly the NFL and came up a pass short. Anyways, let's get this ball rollin'!

                    Positives:
                    - Steven Jackson, the guy is an obvious beast, wants to win and just dominates. Fans who always questioned his heart are currently feasting on crow week in, and week out ( Hopefully they don't grab the Swine Flu ). The best thing about this, is that he doesn't want to leave St. Louis, he sees what is going to be in St. Louis and that's great football, great RAMS FOOTBALL. He wants to be here when it happens and retire as a Ram, he wants to be a part of something special.

                    - The Offensive Line as a whole, they first half they did a great job, and the second half they did well too. They're really starting to gel and that's without Richie Incognito. I'm skeptical about bringing him back into the lineup, is that going to ruin chemistery? I don't know. But they're opening holes for Jackson and starting to protect Bulger really well.

                    - Mike Karney, the guys having a Pro Bowl season. Unfortunately he isn't the type of Fullback to get Touchdowns, receptions and yards. He's the type to knock you right in the mouth. He's blocking great for Jackson. The seal he had on Steven Jacksons touchdown was brilliant!

                    - Chris Long, the kids coming a long. A lot of second year NFL Players hit a slump, for whatever reason, I don't know why, but they do. He had another sack today on a great play where he got lower than the lineman, bullrushed and took down Brees. That's two games in a row with sacks. He did good in run support too. I know many will jump to conclusions, but many of the Saints long gains came on the right side of the Offensive Line, not Longs side. They Rams Run Defense was fairly stout on Long's side. He's going to be fine, he's having a good year.

                    - Brandon Gibson/Donnie Avery. Two young wide receivers, Gibson a rookie and Avery a second year guy battling injury. Gibson had 90 yards receiving today at his NFL Debut, making some damn nice grabs and making guys miss, and running superb routes. If he keeps that up... He's going to be "potentially" dangerous. Avery hauled in two touchdown passes by two beautifully ( yes, beautifully ) thrown passes by Marc Bulger. He's coming a long, I believe he'll finish the season strong.

                    - OJ Atogwe and James Butler, finally these guys make some plays. Two interceptions between them both and some nice plays and Touchdown saving plays. Great job boys!

                    - Marc Bulger, he did a damn nice job today. Made some nice plays, even scrambled for a...
                    -11-15-2009, 10:47 PM
                  • general counsel
                    Rams fall 23-16 to Patriots; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
                    by general counsel
                    Despite the absence of Steven Jackson and Adam Carriker and mid-game injuries to Ron Bartell (head) and Leonard Little (hamstring), the new Haslett-tough Rams battled valiantly on the road before dropping a tight game to Darth Hoodie and the Belicheats . This was indeed a gutsy performance by a team that bears no semblance of any kind to the pathetic squad in the horns under Scott Loserhan. The Haslett led Rams are risk taking fighters that play to win, rather than trying not to lose. They fight to the end regardless of adversity and one-sided officiating (9 penalties for 63 yards for the Rams and NO PENALTIES for the Patriots). They utilize the resources they have an are integrating rookies (Long, Avery, Burton) who will be core players for years to come. Like many NFL games, this one came down to a few critical plays separating the teams. A break here or there and this one could have gone the other way. Our failure to convert in the red zone was probably the difference between winning and losing today. Poor red zone performance along with an inability to get pressure on a young qb, coupled with the fact that we were missing by far our best weapon in The Big Boy, were simply a little too much to overcome today.

                    The Good

                    Haslett had the Rams ready to play again today and i expect that will be the case for the rest of the year. The fire in the team is obvious regardless of the game circumstances. Haslett boldly went for it on 4th and 1 on our own 40 early in the game and converted an onside kick to start the second half. I love the mentality of trying to win, rather than playing not to lose. I didnt love the running up the middle multiple times down by the goal line, i thought we should have tried harder to throw it into the end zone, but on the whole, i think you have to say "job well done" to Haslett today. Missing Jackson really limits his weapons and choices on offense.

                    For the second week in a row, i ask whether anyone still has a problem with the Donnie Avery pick (6 catches 163 yards and a td). We have the deep threat we have been missing since curtis left and there is no limit to Avery's upside as he gains experience and learns the hot reads (which he missed twice today). I love how he goes up in traffic to get the ball in addition to his ability to make guys miss after the catch. If this was the guy Linehan wanted, at least we can say that he did one positive thing for the team while he was here.

                    Marc Bulger had a solid game today and i thought the announcer (pearson) was far too harsh. Bulger was 18-34-301 yards, 1 td and 1 int (which came on what was basically a desparation throw at the end). When bulger had time, he was pretty deadly. Sure he missed a couple of throws and you know he isnt the most mobile guy in the world, but he made some great deep throws in addition to some terrific out routes. I think its easy to say "get rid of the ball and...
                    -10-26-2008, 03:20 PM
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