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    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 first down! :O He had some great throws too. Finished with some nice stats.

    - Jason Smith, he had another damn good game against a good defensive line. He was a grader in the running game and stout in pass protection. I love his demenor and personality. I also love the fact that he's always rushing to pick up Jackson after every run, it shows a lot for a rookie. The kids going to be a Pro Bowler.

    Negatives:
    - Defense, this was expected facing the #1 offense in the league, they had a field day running the ball and were almost perfect on 3rd Down. Little more help on the defense and it's going to be much improved next year!

    - Marc Bulger ( yes, I have him on both ), that interception in the endzone hurt, you overthrowing Brandon Gibson on the right side of the field who was wideopen and had a clear shot to the endzone hurt, and then then on the left side when it would have a big first down. Also, please don't throw the ball into the middle of the field with 0 timeouts remaining and 15 seconds left int he game.

    - 3rd Quarter Offensive Playcalling, come on Shurmur! You almost had a great game of playcalling! I cannot lie though, he did much better this game!

    - Special Teams, not much room for returns and we give up a Kickoff for a Touchdown, that hurts right about now. But what would have happened if that didn't happened? Something we'll never know, better luck next time!


    Overall, great game by our Rams. This past offseason we had a huge roster turnover, a huge Front Office turnover and a huge coaching turnover. It seems as if now that we're finally starting to gel and become a decent team. I expect more improvement from here on out!


    Also, this game was trully special to watch. I felt something special watching this game, I had a great feeling. The way we fought the first half, the way we fought the second half. This team is definitely moving in the right direction and in the future we're going to be a tough team to play. I absolutely believe in Billy Deavaney and Steve Spagnuolo.

    Go Rams!

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    Re: RamsFan16's thoughts on the game.

    What I'm eager to see is how this team handles themselves against Arizona. Does it come back with another hard effort next week? Or does this close loss to such a great team demoralize them? This is going to test the resiliency and heart of the football team, which is something that was seriously lacking under Linehan. Can't wait to see how they play next week against a divisonal opponent.

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      Re: RamsFan16's thoughts on the game.

      You have come a long way here 16. Very nice post. Great to see that you are developing as a good writer and football analyzer.

      Lots of players stepping up. I had to break out my rams program from earlier this year to get some names. So many player changes make it hard to keep up.

      I don't think this loss will demoralize them. I think they should be proud that they were playing good football against a good team.
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        Re: RamsFan16's thoughts on the game.

        I dont' think it's going to demoralize them. I think they're going to crank up intensity know that we were one pass away from beating the best team in the NFL. They're hungry for wins and are sick of losing. I think we'll be fine next weekend and I feel pretty confident.

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          Re: RamsFan16's thoughts on the game.

          The Rams are a good team. Jackson is a beast and y'all have some good potential at wr. I was at the local sports garden here in San Antonio and all the Cowboy fans were trying to clown us Saints fans, by saying we should be blowing y'all out, it's the 1 win Rams, etc (I did hang around for Green Bay to whoop those tricks). Your team is alot better than it's record and gave us all we could handle, good luck the rest of the season.

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          • #6
            Re: RamsFan16's thoughts on the game.

            Originally posted by Big_L View Post
            The Rams are a good team. Jackson is a beast and y'all have some good potential at wr. I was at the local sports garden here in San Antonio and all the Cowboy fans were trying to clown us Saints fans, by saying we should be blowing y'all out, it's the 1 win Rams, etc (I did hang around for Green Bay to whoop those tricks). Your team is alot better than it's record and gave us all we could handle, good luck the rest of the season.
            I saw the end of that Cowboys game and I was hoping they would get shut out. So close.....

            Thanks Big L. We are a lot better than our record. Good luck to the Saints. I like the Saints better than a lot of the other big names out there. I hope you guys go far this year.
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              Re: RamsFan16's thoughts on the game.

              Nice to see Gibson have a big game. He did a good job making nice catches and getting yards after the catch. Also loved to see him fighting for the first down. The Saints were hurt in the secondary, but hopefully he can keep it up.

              I hated seeing James Butler laying down in the middle of the field after the interception. At 1-7 with a chance to beat an undefeated team, I want to see some fight. He's done well at safety, but he has made some boneheaded plays.

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                Going from the high of a new to season to the absolute let down by my Rams has left me feeling woozy. I had hope and dreams of an improved football team that would play hard for four quarters. I saw some flashes as I did last year. Then again we only decided to play 2 quarters again.

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              • 39thebeast
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                (On injuries)
                “The only injury we had was G Richie Incognito, he got light headed right before the half and the doctors wouldn’t clear him to go back in. We moved T John Greco over and went with John the rest of the way.”

                (On the game)
                “Obviously, this was not the result we wanted, so I am disappointed from the standpoint. I felt we played hard. I appreciate those guys like RB Steven Jackson going out there and giving everything he had, T Orlando Pace who really had a two to four week injury and DL Adam Carriker. We have a bunch of guys who are beat up with nicks and bruises. You can hang your hat on one thing, those guys went out and competed and fought through all of the adversary and injuries that they had.”

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                “He was gassed and his leg started to bother him, so we told him before the game to go as far as you could go and then we will play the other guys.

                I appreciate Steven getting out there under the conditions; he hasn’t done much in the past month. To go out there and carry the ball in which I thought he was very effective in running the ball, but in a game like situation he just hasn’t had anything for a while.”

                (On Jackson’s play shows he is a “difference maker”)
                “It is a big reminder. We have said it before; during some games if we had him we might have won the game. He is a heck of a football player, when you loose a guy like him it is hard to replace him.”

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                -Got to the Dome around 1pm CST. Stood along the gated walkway at the Drury to see if anyone would come out. Sure enough, just like my first visit to St. Louis, Torry Holt comes strolling out to loud cheers from the fans. He waves to the fans and has his normal big grin. As he approaches the Dome he spots a woman with a poster board sign with Big Game comments on it. Torry takes a moment to take a photo with her, and signs for a few kids before heading in. Great guy, really upbeat and fan friendly, and what a great way to start off the day.

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                “Just one injury update, (RB) Antonio Pittman has a small crack in his fibula bone by his knee. He suffered it on a special teams play early in the game. It wasn’t a contact thing; it looked like he just twisted it. But it does look like he will be out for a bit, Dr. (Matt) Matara is thinking 4-6 weeks right now, so he will miss this week and the bye week and counting 4-6 weeks, there is probably some more games in there before he will be ready. We have a couple more guys that were out that hopefully will get back this week.”



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