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  • Yikes! but a WIN over the Giants

    Whoa! Okay, not what we were expecting, huh? The one thing we can agree on, at least they won. Could we PLEASE stop making them so close?

    Highlights: Tucker did the best he could under the circumstances against Strahan who's just a monster. At least Warner came away from that game in one piece (right?).

    Archuleta did well also under the circumstances. Hard to believe he's a rookie, but he plays with tenacity. Nice to know he can be counted on in tough times. We need players like this who can go out there and perform under duress.

    Hey, we know if we have to, we can win a game on Wilkens' fieldgoals alone if we absolutely have to. Luckily we didn't have to, though we came close.

    Faulk goes out, Canidate comes in, TD! Deja' vu? Seems like I've seen this before. At least we are getting indications that Trung is up to the challenge of filling Faulks shoes if he has to, because he has to, now that Faulk will be out with that (hopefully, just) strained ligament. I know, Trung is no Marshall, but he can make plays. We've seen him wire his way through a defense. He may not be the goto guy that Faulk is, but he'll be a big part of keeping this team on top till Faulk gets back into it. Luckily we also have a few other very nice receivers, so let's not worry and prove those wrong who say the Rams are out of it if Faulk gets hurt.

    Faulk and Bruce join Proehl in the 500 receptions club. That makes 3 on the same team, our team. Cool!

    Gotta love Archuleta and Wistrom's effort that turned the ball over keeping the Gnats from scoring and taking this one away from us in the last seconds of the game

    That defense! That New Name Defense! Sure they had some trouble keeping the Gnats out of the air at the start. But many turnovers (and ugly punts) later showed us they were up to the challenge. . Soon everyone will have to SHUT THE HECK UP about last season's defense. This one is here and READY TO RUMBLE!

    Downside: poor Faulk. Forget the physical injuries, those will heal (sorta). But 2 more fumbles on the record, 3 for the season so far. That's got to hurt! And we won't even mention those dropped passes by Holt and Faulk. (I'm sure they'd rather we didn't.)

    The penalty-fest was something, on both sides of the ball. That needs to be contained. Unfortunately, it seems like we are saying this after every game. It's a little more forgiveable when you win big. That's not what we got this time. It wasn't a big win, but a win all the same.

  • #2
    Hope

    I'm have confidence that Faulk will be ready. I feel sorry for the next team he plays against. This game to me was a wake up call to the Rams. I honestly believe that the rams are a better team than what they showed today. I also honestly belive that they were playing a little overconfident and lacadasical on the field. I'm sure they are happy to win, but almost loosing should be good enough to wake them up. I feel sorry for New York's other team if the rams come out of their daze and show their true colors. I'm not trying to downplay the Giants defence, but if Tucker hadn't been injured last week I'm sure we would be looking at another blowout of a good defence.

    Faulk is going to be out at least a week with a knee bruise, so the rams offense will have a chance to show the rest of the NFL they are more than faulk. They will also be able to show what happens when teams blitz Warner.

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    • #3
      Man, what a game. I was unusually quiet (my wife told me) until Wistrom picked off that pass. The whole neighborhood heard me then!
      I thought the last three and out was a mistake. They should have at least attempted one pass play. But, I realize now that the team was expecting the ‘D’ to pull them through.
      I agree with you on the point that after Marshall fumbled for the third time (in two weeks), he will be ready to go when he returns. The look on his face on the sideline really was the look of dejection. I feel that the team might have taken the Giants a little too lightly. I also feel that this might bring on some determined running from Marshall in the future. I know that you have to have confidence in yourself, but the Giants showed up with a game plan that others will probably try to emulate in the upcoming weeks. I think the RAMS need to adjust their plans accordingly.
      I was really surprised with the number of penalties in the game. I guess that’s what happens when you are anticipating hits!!

      Instead of the bomb squadron, a win over the Jets on the ground (with a tank attack) would be something else!! (And it would give Kurt a little rest).

      GO RAMS GO!!

      Always
      A
      RAMS
      Fan !!
      Always a Rams Fan............

      Rex Allen Markel

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      • #4
        yes an ugly win but like I always said a 'W' is a 'W' numbers go by the way side!

        but I wanted to comment about the Running .. we are 91.0 yards a game on the ground .. NO NO NO .. we have the MVP in our back field .. yes he can catch the ball as well .. but he is also a runner! .. we should be around 125.0 a game not 91.0 yards a game .. this is where we are hurting our MVP is getting shut down .. sorry guys Warner can't do 350 yards in the air each week .. I have seen this over and over for different teams .. eventually the QB gets picked off like 3 to 4 times in just one game .. the Running game NEEDS to get back on track .. the Rams are at least averaging 20 more yards a game in the air compared to other teams .. this is great but with only 91 on ground .. it does hurt .. and we turn into a one Dimensional team

        teams will just prepare for the pass game and not worry about the run to much

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        • #5
          excellent, excellent point Rammstein...

          we MUST establish our running game better and some of that is because of the defenses we are seeing and some of it is an iffy Offensive line, one that has gotten on martz's bad side a couple times and put warner on his backside. If the boys up front can block a little better, we will see an improvement in the run game.

          It will be something tougher to do with trung instead of marshall, but like germaine, this year is the year where trung proves he's got the goods to help the team... i feel he will get the job done, as long as he stays healthy and holds onto the ball.

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          • #6
            I've always liked the back up idea .. though they might not get the playing time or experience .. they are paid professionals .. they are there for a reason because the team believes in them

            I'm not too worried about Trung .. due to the fact that he has Marshall as his insparation(sp) and guide .. Marshall is one smart back and there is no doubt Trung has been spoken to on many occasions by Marshall about the game as a whole

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            • #7
              another excellent point with inspiration and tutelage.

              Trung is a professional and i have a ton of confidence that he will get the job done. I'm just concerned (probably don't need to be) about how he will do. Martz and everyone else has hyped up his 40-time, but those things are always misleading unless you can do it on the field...

              professionalism and skill, trung's the man now...until marshall comes back;)

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              • #8
                These are all excellent posts. I agree that backups are needed. They should get more playing time so we really know what they can do, but I trust the coaches to keep a watchfull eye in pratices. Trung is going to be fun to watch he is not Marshal but I also rember saying Kurt who? We have had them both in at the same time already and would enjoy seeing this more often. With Marshal's knee not as bad as first thought Trung will make the best of this time.

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                • #9
                  If the Jets are expecting a passing game, you know we'll switch to the run just to throw them off. Trung was excellent in training camp on the short pass and very wiry when it came to weaving through a defense. And you know if Marshall is on the sidelines, he'll be in Trung's ear the whole game. No worries!

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                  • moklerman
                    Marshall Faulk Q & A on SI
                    by moklerman
                    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...cus/index.html

                    Q&A: Marshall Faulk
                    Posted: Thursday September 21, 2006 3:14PM; Updated: Thursday September 21, 2006 3:14PM

                    Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Marshall Faulk for the magazine's Q&A. The seven-time Pro Bowl running back is an analyst for the NFL Network as he rehabs his knee. Here are additional excerpts from the interview:

                    SI: You're sitting out this season with a knee injury. Do you expect to play next season?

                    Faulk: If I can get myself healthy, without a doubt.

                    SI: If you're unable to return from this knee injury, how difficult will that be to accept?

                    Faulk: If my last game was the game last January against the Cowboys in Texas Stadium, then so be it. I don't look back and reflect. I played more downs than most men will ever get to play.

                    SI: Is there any other team you would play for outside of the Rams?

                    Faulk: No. If there was not a role for me on that team, that would be it for my NFL career.

                    SI: You are a New Orleans native. You were in Detroit playing in an exhibition game when Hurricane Katrina first hit. What do you remember about those initial days?

                    Faulk: When you live in New Orleans or Down South, you go through hurricanes all the time. So that's no big deal. The hurricane wasn't what caused the brunt of the problem. It was when the flooding started. I was worried about my family when the hurricane was coming through but I felt like we'd been through this before. But once the flooding started and a couple of days passed and there was no help, I couldn't help but wonder: Man, what's going on? What's it going to take to help?

                    SI: What is like for you to return to New Orleans today?

                    Faulk: I feel for the people who had to go through it. The thing that gets to me is that it's still the way it is. I know the business area is coming back but I hope what they are doing is getting people to move back who were from the [residential] areas where the minority population was pretty much 100 percent.

                    SI: A couple of years ago you finished fifth in an SI poll of the NFL's smartest players. Did you think of yourself as a smart player?

                    Faulk: The guys ahead of me were quarterbacks, right?

                    SI: All except Ray Lewis.

                    Faulk: I doubt they [the quarterbacks] were as intelligent as I am because they don't know the running part of the game. I felt like I was prepared for whatever would happen on the field. It allowed me to go out and play free because I didn't worry about whether teams through something at me because I had studied it. I was prepared.

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                    -09-23-2006, 10:51 AM
                  • ramstough39
                    At the end of Jackon's career...
                    by ramstough39
                    Will he be known as "better" than Marshall Faulk?

                    No, I don't think he will be, in my opinion. I think nobody can truly be like Faulk -- a back that could run the ball helping you out on the tough yardage; 'caught the ball; blocked and really made some nice ones for Kurt Warner back in the hayday; and last but not least, he motivated our St. Louis Rams' offense for years, becoming a true team leader, and I just don't see Jackson doing ALL of those. Then again, that's just my opinion.

                    I apologize if this has been asked before, but I'm just trying to spark ClanRam from all of the "Why Linehan why?"-type threads, and all the sadness that has been going around. No, I don't get online often (don't have the time, realistically. However, I do visit alot, just it's the fact I don't have the time and chance to post.)

                    I'm just looking to read some opinions, and etc. from other fellow Rams fans.

                    Thanks.

                    GO RAMS!
                    -11-15-2006, 02:39 PM
                  • jdpbmo
                    Rams vs NE
                    by jdpbmo
                    Man o' man, that was a good game. First award goes to the defense for doing their thing. Right now they are the glue that is holding this team together and on top. I love to watch that offense and they are something else, when the interceptions and fumbles are avoided. That point still bothers me, but hey you can't throw too many stones at 8-1. I would really like to see them stick it to TB and NO. I don't think they will have much trouble with TB, but the NO game will be tough. I hope Brooks throws some interceptions then takes off to tackle the man so we can plow him like they did Warner in the dome. I thought our special teams did an excellent job. Their crowd was really into the game and Warner and company did a great job of neutralizing them by scoring. I also liked the way we held the ball at the end of the game by a stiff does of Faulk and Warner. Faulk is amazing, as a player, as a person, as a role model. I thought Warner threw the ball better last night, at least it looked like the thumb didn't affect him as much. I think when they got that first down late with the little flare to Faulk that is the first time I have seen Martz show emotion. Hell, even when he's on someone he seems cool and composed. I didn't understand the timeout with a few seconds left in the 3rd quarter? Not much else, just great job again and a wonderful team effort.:angryram:
                    -11-19-2001, 11:37 AM
                  • RamWraith
                    Faulk steps back to keep going
                    by RamWraith
                    By Larry Weisman, USA TODAY

                    ST. LOUIS — Every picture tells a story, and sometimes it's a sad one. There is Emmitt Smith, wearing the red jersey of the Arizona Cardinals. Franco Harris squeezing out a few last carries with the Seattle Seahawks. O.J. Simpson, forlorn in a San Francisco ***** uniform. They forged their reputations in one place and diminished them in another.
                    There will be no such portrait of Marshall Faulk. He understands the limits of the body, the stresses of the game and the value of an exit strategy. That is why he no longer is starting for the St. Louis Rams yet is prolonging his career in order to end it with the club.

                    At 32, and beginning his 12th NFL season, Faulk will back up Steven Jackson, the Rams' No. 1 pick a year ago. Maybe St. Louis, which plays its third preseason game tonight against the Detroit Lions, would have made this change anyway, but the impetus came from Faulk, who has failed to start in only five of 160 career games with the Rams and the Indianapolis Colts.

                    "I think that in a sense you just have to be honest with yourself and what you can and can't do and understand what you want to get out of this game and what you want to do," Faulk says. "And I want to win. My personal accomplishments aren't as important to me; winning is. I think the combination of myself and Steven gives us, as a team, a better opportunity to win. With the work that he's going to put in, he deserves to be the starter."

                    Faulk led the Rams in rushing for a sixth consecutive season in 2004, with a modest 774 yards. It was the third consecutive year he finished below 1,000 and his fewest rushing yards since 1995 with the Colts, when he gained 587. Jackson, playing through a knee injury, showed toughness and an ability to break tackles in rushing for 673 yards and averaging 5.0 yards a carry. Faulk suddenly understood what so many players do not, will not or cannot. So he approached coach Mike Martz to talk about himself and Jackson.

                    "Marshall said to me privately, 'It's time, I think.' I said, 'Time for what?' And he said, 'He needs to be the featured guy. And whatever role you want me to do, I'd be happy to do it. It's going to be tough, but I think I can really help him and still have some value for this team.' I couldn't believe it," Martz says. "But that's Marshall. So I got to thinking about it more and more, and I said, 'We're going to do this.' "

                    The 5-10, 211-pound Faulk ranks 12th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 11,987 yards, leads all running backs in career receiving yardage (6,894), is second among backs in receptions (773) and is tied for fourth in touchdowns with 135. The Rams are 27-0 since 1999 when he rushes for 100 yards in a game.

                    "A long time ago I made a pact with myself that if you can't do it, you can't do it anymore and you have to leave the game. And...
                    -08-29-2005, 04:51 AM
                  • AvengerRam_old
                    Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due
                    by AvengerRam_old
                    Trust me, its only going to get worse...

                    With all the rumblings about Marshall Faulk - supposedly not getting along with Linehan (seems bogus)... out of shape (seems accurate)... knees still a problem (almost certainly true)... considering retirement... might go on IR and try a comeback next year (could that be just for cap reasons?) - it seems likely that his exit from the game won't be an Elwayesque final moment of glory followed by the proverbial ride off into the sunset.

                    Its a shame when a great player isn't able to enjoy a storybook exit. I felt that way about Aeneas Williams' fade out, for example. And though Marshall will certainly have at least one more moment in the sun when he's inducted into the Hall of Fame, that's a few years off.

                    For now, its just messy.

                    So... before it gets even worse, I thought I'd start a thread for us to post a Faulk memory. Certainly, he's given a lot to the fans with his electrifying performances, and he deserves his due.

                    For me, its wasn't one game or one moment that stands out. Rather, it was a feeling that I had at the start of every game during the 1999-2001 run. The feeling that, no matter who the Rams were playing, there was no question that the best player on the field (at any position) was Faulk. It was like, I would imagine, the way Bulls fans felt when Jordan was in his prime.

                    Oddsmakers, matchups, home field advantage... none of those things mattered. If Faulk was on the field, he was the best player out there and, as a result, the Rams had a chance to win.

                    I miss that feeling.
                    -07-11-2006, 06:59 AM
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