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  • Rams Report Card: Martz, special teams flunk

    Post-Dispatch Staff
    10/24/2004

    Grading the Rams after their 31-14 loss to previously winless Miami:


    Quarterback:

    Why throw into triple coverage in the red zone when you're trailing by just 7 midway through the third quarter?

    Grade: D


    Running backs:

    Marshall Faulk was on his game. Steven Jackson wasn't bad. Running game got junked when deficit reached 21-7.

    Grade: B


    Wide receivers:

    Dolphins DBs made Torry Holt disappear. Dane Looker had a costly drop. Isaac Bruce and Shaun McDonald were effective.

    Grade: C+


    Offensive line:

    Whether at guard or tackle, a tough day for Scott Tercero included two holding penalties, a false start and a sack.

    Grade: C minus


    Defensive line:

    Leonard Little got little done against John St. Clair, but the unit combined for seven sacks and did a decent job against the run.

    Grade: B


    Linebackers:

    Tommie Polley had a costly late-hit penalty, then missed a tackle two plays later on Travis Minor's TD run.

    Grade: C minus


    Secondary:

    Gave up three very big, very costly passing plays to perhaps the NFL's worst deep passing team.

    Grade: F


    Special teams:

    Whether it was on coverage or return units, this was a disaster area on Sunday.

    Grade: F


    Coaching:

    There was too little focus, and too much sloppiness, against an inferior opponent.

    Grade: F

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  • RamWraith
    Rams-Niners: Report Card
    by RamWraith
    Post-Dispatch Staff

    Grading the Rams after their 24-14 victory over the *****:


    Quarterback

    GRADE: A

    Marc Bulger came out hot, did a good job of avoiding the rush and threw the ball away when nothing was there.


    Running backs

    GRADE: A

    Marshall Faulk got his 37th 100-yard rushing game. Steven Jackson was effectively worked into the mix.


    Receivers

    GRADE: B+

    Isaac Bruce stayed hot. Torry Holt, Shaun McDonald and Kevin Curtis all made contributions.


    Offensive line

    GRADE: A

    No sacks for the second time this season, and more than four yards a carry in the running game.


    Defensive line

    GRADE: A

    Leonard Little was a handful all evening. Ryan Pickett was a force inside. A good job against the run by all.


    Linebackers

    GRADE: B

    Tommy Polley was effective on the blitz, forcing a turnover. Pisa Tinoisamoa was very active.


    Secondary

    GRADE: B

    Niners had success at times with slant patterns, but Rams gave up no big plays until garbage time.


    Special teams

    GRADE: B

    Coverage units were superb, particularly on kickoffs, with Trev Faulk making his presence felt.


    Coaching

    GRADE: A

    "Balance" isn't a four-letter word on offense. Larry Marmie's defensive scheme was creative.
    -10-04-2004, 07:52 AM
  • RamWraith
    Week 5: Rams Report Card
    by RamWraith
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Sunday, Oct. 09 2005

    Grading the Rams after their 37-31 loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

    Quarterback
    Bulger overcame a slow start and played well enough over final 3 quarters.
    Grade: B-


    Running back
    Jackson should've gotten the ball more; no touches for Faulk. Grade:
    C+


    Receivers
    Holt played through a bruised knee; Rams didn't get much going deep.
    Grade: B-


    Offensive line
    Rams didn't handle blitz well, or pressure up the middle. Grade: C-


    Defensive line
    Pass rush was sporadic; allowed 100-yard rusher for 2nd straight game.
    Grade: C-


    Linebackers
    Nothing special here. TEs and RBs caught 11 passes for Seahawks. Grade:
    C-


    Secondary
    A comedy of errors - and big plays - for the second week in a row. Grade:
    F


    Special teams
    Best of times (Johnson's TD); worst of times (Hodges' punts, McDonald's
    fumble). Grade: C-


    Coaching
    Something - anything - must be done to improve the pass defense. Why not blitz?
    Grade: D
    -10-10-2005, 05:50 AM
  • RamWraith
    Rams Report Card: Grade improved for defense
    by RamWraith
    12/18/2005

    Quarterback
    Fitzpatrick got pulled; Martin couldn't pull off a comeback. Grade: D


    Running back
    Jackson and Faulk combined for 169 yards but were stopped in critical situations. Grade: A-


    Receivers
    The receivers didn't have many chances, but drops by Holt and McDonald cost first downs. Grade: C-


    Offensive line
    Six of eight false starts were by the O-line, which is inexcusable at home. Grade: D


    Defensive line
    Little ends sack drought; T. Jackson's missed tackle got Moats started on TD run. Grade: B-


    Linebackers
    Tinoisamoa's interception set up the Rams' only TD. Grade: B+


    Secondary
    Two interceptions, but missed tackles by Furrey and Ivy got Moats to end zone. Grade: B-


    Special teams
    The Rams gave up a big return for the second week in a row, and it helped turn the game. Grade: C-


    Coaching
    Going with Harris instead of Faulk at RB on the final drive was mind-boggling. Grade: D
    -12-19-2005, 05:12 AM
  • RamWraith
    Rams Report Card: RBs, O-line, coaching failing to make the grade
    by RamWraith
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    11/20/2006

    QUARTERBACK
    Bulger took a pounding his worst in a while. And there were a couple of times when he held the ball too long.
    Grade D

    RUNNING BACK
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    The grade has nothing to do with Jackson's performance. It's hard to do much with seven carries.
    Grade F

    RECEIVERS
    A rare bad day at the office. At least five drops; a lost fumble by Holt; Curtis loses 50-50 ball on Panthers interception.
    Grade D

    OFFENSIVE LINE
    Sure Pace was missed, but pass blocking was a mere rumor Sunday; there appeared to be some missed assignments.
    Grade F

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    Coverage units were good; return game once again wasn't a factor; Turk was superb; Wilkins' day consisted of one kickoff.
    Grade B-

    DEFENSIVE LINE
    Two sacks for Glover; one for Little; but once again the run defense (242 yards allowed) was woeful.
    Grade D

    LINEBACKERS
    Witherspoon and Chillar had their moments; unit was slow to react on some dump-off passes and shares blame for run woes.
    Grade C-

    SECONDARY
    Carter and Hill produce team's first INTs since Detroit; Atogwe forces fumble; Smith's 62-yard TD catch was the big blemish.
    Grade B

    COACHING
    Where was the running game? It's hard to believe a team with Holt, Bruce, Bulger and Jackson can get shut out.
    Grade F
    -11-20-2006, 05:17 AM
  • RamWraith
    Rams Report Card: Failed defense falls on LBs, secondary
    by RamWraith
    12/24/2005


    Quarterback
    Martin's career-high passing day was marred by two costly interceptions. Grade: B+


    Running back
    An ailing and banged-up Jackson had little running room most of the day. Grade: D


    Receivers
    Holt and Bruce did all they could to carve up the *****' inexperienced secondary. Grade: A-


    Offensive line
    Pass blocking was exemplary, but run blocking was nonexistent. Grade: C-


    Defensive line
    Strong pass rush - where has Hargrove been all year? - shoddy on run defense. Grade: C-


    Linebackers
    Simply not enough help on run defense. Grade: F


    Secondary
    The tackling by this unit, particularly at safety, was simply pathetic. Grade: F


    Special teams
    Wilkins was excellent; Looker provided a spark on punt returns. Grade: B


    Coaching
    Rams should have taken the field goal on 4th and 1 in the fourth quarter. Grade: D
    -12-25-2005, 04:25 AM
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