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  • NJ Ramsfan1
    Not Even Gonna' Wait...
    by NJ Ramsfan1
    ...until after GC's astute and comprehensive write -up to comment. Today's game was unquestionably the biggest embarrassment in the McVay era. Don't talk to me about Goff's 500 yard passing game or the Rams "spirited comeback" or the excitement of a high scoring contest. The Rams were embarrassed by an inferior opponent in their own building, spotting them a 21-0 lead. They weren't ready to play, and quite possibly were feeling their oats in thinking that because they were 3-0 they could overlook this team before their match-up with Seattle. Guess again.

    In the process, they made heroes out of old nemesis Bruce Arians, who has no love for the Rams; Jameis Winston, who only two short weeks ago was rumored to be in trouble of losing his starting job; and Ndamukong Suh, who provided the coup de grace by sticking it up our behinds on the game-sealing fumble recovery and TD. Again, embarrassing.

    The defense gave quite possibly the worst-ever defensive performance by a Rams team in recent memory- and remember we had plenty of bad football to look at from 2003 until 2017. Just totally atrocious. While turnovers put them in compromising positions early, they did nothing to acquit themselves, couldn't stop drives and let Tampa answer every time we got a bit closer. Gutless.

    Thirteen penalties. A total lack of discipline.

    Goff was terrible. And don't give me any nonsense about his positive stats or good throws. The guy threw 3 picks, fumbled on a potential game-tying drive at game's end and once again missed on a number of key throws that could've made a difference at critical junctures in the game, none greater than overthrowing a wide-open Everett on what would have been a sure TD in mid-game. He looks skittish and shows poor pocket presence when under duress. Goff's improvement and performance last season, especially in leading the team back vs. New Orleans in a hostile playoff environment cannot be discounted. But neither can we discount what seems to be an increasing frequency of ill-timed, inaccurate throws. Goff's status reminds me of the old movie "Wall Street", where the Michael Douglas character says to the young upstart broker Bud Fox, "You had what it took to get to my office; the question is do you have what it takes to stay there?". A perfect encapsulation of Goff. Can he continue to grow, or have we seen who he is- a guy who will shine at times but never reach that elite status we hope to see and who needs the solid running game to be at his best.

    That brings us to Gurley. Like I said earlier in the week, you're gonna' get an occasional bright spot, but gone are the days of him carrying a club. Scored on an 11 yard TD and showed some power in the process then was a non-factor (in fairness, we weren't in a position to do a lot of running).

    Two things are crystal clear: One, is that the Rams are a good to very good team when they play well,...
    -09-29-2019, 05:56 PM
  • general counsel
    Rams lampoon lions 30-16; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    by general counsel
    The Rams overcame a subpar performance by Jared Goff, pushing their record to 11-1 with a 30-16 road win against detroit by riding Todd Gurley, outstanding red zone defense, and an another otherworldly performance by Aaron Donald. The Rams win today clinched the NFC west title for the second year in a row and gave the Rams a one game lead over new orleans in the race for home field in the nfc with four games remaining. The giants win over chicago in overtime (aided by huge defense plays by former Rams Tree and Janoris) gives the Rams a three game lead over chicago in terms of the week one bye in the playoffs. Today was far from the Rams best game, but keep in mind that detroit has been strong defensively under patricia, especially of late against the run, and beat new england at home earlier in the year. The performance of the defense today was encouraging, albeit against a detroit team that is offensively challenged at the skill positions. To state the obvious, there are no style points in the NFL and the win is what counts. This was a game that could have gone either way in the fourth quarter, and once again the Rams found a way to get it done.

    The Good

    There are no words any longer to describe the impact that Aaron Donald is having on a weekly basis. He had two sacks today, one of which was a strip sack fumble recovered by Ebukam that was the critical play in the game when the Rams had a three point fourth quarter lead and detroit had the momentum. He had a third sack called back for a penalty. He had 5 overall tackles which included four tackles for loss. He drew three holding penalties and was held another ten or more times. I have watched 50 years of football and i have never seen an interior lineman play the way Donald is playing week in week out and while he is surrounded by other first round draft picks, he is not surrounded by other linemen who are exactly lighting it up. Just another incredible performance and he was as or more responsible for this win today as anyone.

    Red zone play. The Rams were 3-4 in the red zone today offensively and held detroit to 1-5. The one time the Rams were stopped in the red zone, Reynolds was clearly held in the end zone on the third down play. The td pass to woods on 3rd and goal from the 8 before half gave us a 10-3 lead and was huge.

    Todd Gurley had an excellent game with 23-132 and 2 td's rushing along with 3 catches for 33 yards. It was tough going most of the day for gurley, especially with malcolm brown out early with the shoulder injury and Gurley being the only active back on the roster. Very tough for him to get any room up the middle with snacks harrison clogging things up. He had two huge runs, the td run from the 13 with great blocking and the game clinching long run where he alertly fell down on the one yard line forcing detroit to use the rest of their time outs and putting the Rams into a position where even if they don't...
    -12-02-2018, 06:47 PM
  • general counsel
    Rams lose to philadelphia 30-23; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    by general counsel
    For the second sunday night in a row, the Rams laid an egg on national television, losing at home to philadelphia 30-23 to drop their record to 11-3. The Rams are simply not playing like a super bowl contender and frankly have looked just lousy since coming out of the bye week. Tonight marks the first time in the mcvay era that the Rams lost two in a row, and the knee injury to Todd Gurley, along with continued subpar play from Goff and the offensive line leaves the Rams reeling at the most important point of the season. Once again, it is clear that championships can not be won in september, october and november. The Rams were 9-0 and rolling and 10-1 heading into the bye week after a huge win against Kansas City (in which they got incredibly lucky because if Skandrick catches the ball that hit him in the hands late in the 4th quarter the Rams lose that game as well). Since that point, they are 1-2 and have been effectively getting worse every week. Tonight's opponent was not a dominant chicago team playing at home in cold weather. It was a sub .500 team playing with a backup qb that had been torched for 586 yards last week by a team that got shut out earlier today. Furthermore, philadelphia is so banged up in the secondary there are no words to describe their situation. However, when your qb can not seem to throw accurately with guys in his face and your offensive line does not give your qb time, generally speaking, bad things are going to happen. Throw in no functional pass rush as Donald was once again double teamed on every play and no one else was able to get pressure along with losing the turnover battle 3-1 and going 2-6 in the red zone and you have another bad loss. I was highly confident the Rams were going to win this game and win it big, but i guess Dragoon was the only one on the board that saw this coming so kudos to him, although i am sure he would love to have been wrong. The Rams now have to beat both arizona and the whiners to clinch the #2 seed (unless chicago loses a game) and while that might seem simple on paper, with the gurley injury and the way goff is playing, nothing is a sure thing right now in any way.

    The Good

    The Rams rallied at the end and had a chance to tie it up. They also had a nice 75 yard drive on their second possession of the game for a td. Gurley had 2 td runs and caught 10 balls for 76 yards in a valiant effort playing with the injured knee. He had a really nice first half running with 49 yards, and then of course mcvay gave up on the running game as the Rams dug themselves a big hole field position and turnover wise and were forced to throw all the time.

    Johnson had a terrific game in the secondary, saving a td against ertz (who we did a nice job on) and making 14 tackles.
    Goff made one real nice throw down the field all night, the almost td to reynolds in the fourth quarter.
    The defense got some stops and kept us in the game with a chance at...
    -12-16-2018, 10:41 PM
  • general counsel
    Rams stop saints 26-23 in OT; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    by general counsel
    The Rams overcame an extremely hostile road environment and rallied from behind to defeat new orleans 26-23 in overtime on a booming dead center 57 yard field goal from The Leg to advance to super bowl LIII for a super bowl xvi rematch against new england. The Rams dug themselves an early 13-0 hole with some ugly play and frankly, the score could have been a lot worse if not for some outstanding red zone defense. A fake punt completion from Hekker to Shields got the Rams moving and a sensational throw from Goff to Cooks followed by a six yard run by Gurley (one of his only five touches for the day) closed the gap to 13-10 at half. Despite going down 20-10 late in the third, the Rams rallied again with 212 yards of offense in the fourth quarter to tie the game on a 48 yard field goal by The Leg with 15 seconds left in regulation, forcing overtime. In overtime, new orleans won the toss but a qb hit by fowler forced a wobbly fly ball from brees which johnnie johnson made a sensational interception on while lying flat on his back, giving the Rams a first down at their own 45. Two sensational throws and plays by Goff, both short gains, but both critical, put the Rams close enough for the Leg to bomb in the game winner. We can now add "The Kick" to "The Catch" and "The Tackle" in Rams folklore of sensational plays. I am so incredibly proud of the resilence that the squad showed today. True, we got a huge break at the end on the non-interference call on Robey-Coleman that may well have ended our season, but if anyone wants to say that non-call in the reason new orleans lost just point out the obvious missed facemask on the Goff scramble at the goal line that cost us four points. Games don't turn on one call. There were lots of close calls and plays in this game. No class at all out of new orleans in their post game comments, but at this point, i could not care less, just looking ahead to the super bowl and our chance to avenge the darkest day in Rams history, at least since the brutal loss in the 1950 title game.

    The Good

    The Rams as a team never gave up, left it all out on the field and fought their hearts out. Digging a 13-0 hole in that environment and then getting down 10 again at the end of the third was a huge mountain to climb, but we never stopped fighting our hardest and we made enough plays to get it done against a really good team in just about the loudest stadium anyone could ever imagine, against a first ballot hall of fame quarterback.

    Goff was not perfect today, he certainly missed some throws and was indecisive when he had a chance to run the ball into the end zone for the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. However, with the game and the season on the line, he outplayed first ballot hall of famer brees and got the job done with some spectacular plays. The third and three scramble late in the fourth quarter that led to the 39 pass to everett was an all-pro...
    -01-20-2019, 10:30 PM
  • general counsel
    Rams boink bengals 24-10; The Good, Bad and Ugly
    by general counsel
    The Rams pushed their record to 5-3 today by boinking the horrible bungles 24-10 from the friendly confines of Wembley Stadium in London. At times, it looked to me like there were more Rams fans (and louder) than we sometimes see cheering on the squad in the Coliseum. The Rams were excellent on offense in the first half and the first drive of the second half and then lousy. The Rams were horrible on defense in the first half, and then much better in the second half, pitching a shutout, albeit with some breaks. Lest we not kid ourselves, we have beaten the two worst teams in the last two weeks and we still have a ton of problems. The flip side, as we head into the bye week, is that despite all of our problems and injuries, and there are many of both, we are 5-3 and one relatively easy field goal away from 6-2. That missed field goal at the end of the chickens game is really looming large right now as we all knew it would.


    The Good

    Goff and the offense were terrific throwing the ball in the first half and the first drive of the second half. Goff had close to 300 yards at half thanks to some great pass protection and some spectacular play by Cooper Kupp, who was off the charts terrific. Goff finished 17-31-372 with 2 td's and a rating of 119. No INT's (but more on that later). He made some really nice throws into some tight windows. He showed us once again that with a clean pocket, he can do plenty of damage and you have to give the OLINE credit in that Goff was never sacked and was not hit very often. More later on what happens when goff does get pressure put on him. I think he has plenty of room for improvement, but the throw to reynolds for the 31 yard td was a very nice read and he also made a nice throw (in fact many of them) on the Kupp long td (despite missing a wide open higbee for a much easier td). Kupp wound up 7-220 with a td and one drop. Several huge third down conversions on nice throws, catches and runs over the middle from goff to kupp. Goff made a number of other really nice throws in this game, its his reads that continue to worry me (see below). Beautiful throw over the middle for a key first down to Reynolds in addition to all the conversions to Kupp. Rams became just the 4th teams to start a game with consecutive 85 plus yard drives. The drive at the start of the second half was excellent and effectively put the game away (although that was certainly not clear at the time and also effectively represented the end of the Rams offensive production for the day for some reason).

    I thought Henderson looked good. He finished 11-49 with some nice runs and a couple of nice catches and did a great job on one blitz pickup. He is clearly going to play more.
    Gurley had a couple of runs and one td. He had one really big run, a 20 yarder on 3rd and long off our goal line right before the half that was a huge play after some bonehead play calling. He didnt do much else and...
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