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  • The Watercooler: What Happened To The Rams Run Game On Sunday?

    10.19.2009 2:15 pm
    Nowhere to run for Rams
    By Roger Hensley


    THE WATERCOOLER

    QUESTION: The Rams had just one rushing first down and a total of 55 yards on the ground Sunday. This against a Jacksonville defense that was ranked 18th in the league coming into the game. What happened to the Rams run game Sunday?

    JIM THOMAS
    True, Jacksonville was 18th in run defense, but they were a top 10 team in yards per carry allowed. So you knew the rushing yards wouldn’t come easy. But you’ve still got to try. Jacksonville kept pounding away with Maurice Jones-Drew, and he ended up with 100 yards-plus and saw some key runs down the stretch. Especially with Donnie Avery out, there’s no excuse for not using Steven Jackson more in the second half.

    BILL COATS
    The blocking up front was poor, affording Jackson little room to operate. Also, Rams OC Pat Shurmur called almost twice as many pass plays as he did runs — 35-18. That wasn’t a bad strategy, however, since the Jaguars ranked 30th in the league in pass defense.

    JEFF GORDON
    Once Donnie Avery got hurt, the Rams showed little interest in throwing the ball downfield. Once they decided to attack only a portion of the field, the Jaguars could load up against the run without concern and outnumber the Rams blockers. If this team can’t mount a halfway decent downfield aerial threat, Jackson will find little running room from here on out.

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    Re: The Watercooler: What Happened To The Rams Run Game On Sunday?

    GO AND GET SOME RECEIVERS THEN!! IM TIRED OF HEARING THE SAME OLD STORY!! GET WR's!!!

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      Re: The Watercooler: What Happened To The Rams Run Game On Sunday?

      So how bad is the injury to Avery? How long is he going to be out?
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        Re: The Watercooler: What Happened To The Rams Run Game On Sunday?

        Originally posted by UtterBlitz View Post
        So how bad is the injury to Avery? How long is he going to be out?

        There's a thread going on about it now.

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          Re: The Watercooler: What Happened To The Rams Run Game On Sunday?

          Although I didn't see the game, I saw that Jones-Drew got most of his yards towards the end of the game. We should have been doing that with Jackson, we should have kept pounding the ball at them. We need to keep our offense on the field longer in order for our defense to hold up on the other end.

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            Re: The Watercooler: What Happened To The Rams Run Game On Sunday?

            Our tackling was not good for some of those Jones-Drew yards. He should have been stopped.
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