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    Rams-Niners: Report Card
    Post-Dispatch Sports Staff
    Monday, Dec. 06 2004

    Quarterback: B
    Chandler came in cold for the injured Bulger, and at age 39 showed he still can
    get it done.

    Running backs: A-
    There was no stage fright or hesitation for S. Jackson, just hard-nosed
    running.

    Receivers: B
    On a day in which Bruce was almost an afterthought, Holt enjoyed his best game
    of the season.

    Offensive line: C
    Run blocking was strong, but Rams couldn't exploit ***** secondary because of
    pass-blocking woes.

    Defensive line: A
    In perhaps its best effort of the year, unit accounted for all 4 sacks and was
    stout vs. the run.

    Linebackers: B+
    Exactly what got into Polley on Sunday? He was all over the field. How about
    Thomas' hit on Barlow?

    Secondary: A-
    Butler is turning into a playmaker; Edwards seems to have stabilized things at
    safety.

    Special teams: B+
    Two 52-yard FGs by Wilkins; 2 punts inside the 20 by Stemke; good kick
    coverage.

    Coaching: B
    Some interesting adjustments were made on defense, including paying close
    attention to Johnson at TE.

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    Re: Rams-Niners: Report Card

    My version of this weekend's report card...

    Rams-Niners: Report Card
    Nick Seiler
    Monday, Dec. 06 2004

    Quarterback: C+
    -Chandler's pass to a wide open Holt in the end zone was nice, but was one of the few highlights in what was a mediocre performance which could have been marred by four turnovers instead of two.

    Running backs: A
    -Jackson demonstrated why he was chosen by the Rams as their future star, averaging over four and a half carries against a moderately tough ***** run defense.

    Receivers: B
    -Holt had his best game of the season, but the receivers didn't have much of a chance to shine today.

    Offensive line: C+
    -Grant Williams continues to make me wonder how this guy got a roster spot to begin with. The rest of the line was adequate, but not spectacular.

    Defensive line: A+
    -Very strong performance today. Two sacks by Jackson, one by Lewis and Little, who made seven tackles on the day.

    Linebackers: A-
    -Pisa was strong as usual, Tommy Polley looked like a different player, and the hit by Robert Thomas was phenominal. Could have been better, but probably not by very much.

    Secondary: B+
    -Rattay only completed 10 passes and Butler had a nice interception, but the 52-yard completion to Lloyd leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Antuan Edwards looks very promising though.

    Special teams: A-
    -Wilkins continues to earn his paycheck (vastly below what he should be making, I'm sure) and the punting/kickoff coverage didn't allow anything very big.

    Coaching: B+
    -Whatever Martz and Marmie put in the team's Cheerios this morning should be fed to them on a daily basis. Martz gets credit for using his young weapon out of the backfield, and Marmie gets credit for his squad blitzing and keeping Barlow to a low run total. But again, it was the *****. So not too much credit.

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