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Posted on: October 5, 2009 2:18 am
Edited on: October 5, 2009 2:20 am
 

Rams @ 49ers Week 4

49ers 35 Rams 0

That pretty much sums up sunday's game between St. Louis and San Francisco.  You don't have to look real close either to find out what was the straw that broke the camel's back in this one.  In a word, turnovers; more specific, turnovers returned for touchdowns.  It was another case of an inept Rams offense that looked like it didn't even belong on the field. 

The Rams have started 0-4 the past 2 seasons now.  The offense couldn't find the endzone if they had a GPS and Christopher Columbus leading the way.  What I see needs to be changed.  I wonder how can other teams like the Cardinals, 49ers, Falcons, Texans, and Saints can change for the better so quick, but we can't.  When the Rams dominated the NFC West from 1999-2003 the teams mentioned above were terrible.  How quickly things change.  The Cardinals were NFC champions last year.  The 49ers are 7-2 since Mike Singletary took over, and look like the favorites to win the NFC West in 2009.  The Falcons won the NFC South last year with a rookie quarterback in Matt Ryan.  The Texans went from a rediculous expansion team with terrible habits to a legitimate 8-8 team.  The Saints possess one of the best offenses in the NFL today.  Yet the Rams can't do anything but punt and create turnovers.

The Reason why this team is the way it is?  Previous management.  I first want to say I like our new head coach a lot.  Steve Spagnolu is going to be a good hire, but he has to be given time.  He, as well as Bill Devaney, have inherited the biggest mess anyone could have asked for.  The previous staff has left their mark of a terribly ran franchise.  The draft picks were disappointing and the free agent signings were shameful.  The key to building a great team like the Patriots, Colts, and Steelers is by making solid draft picks.  These are teams that rarely miss on draft day.  Lets look at our misses in the past few years especially in the 1st round.  2006 - Tye Hill, cornerback Clemson.  2003 Jimmy Kennedy - defensive tackle, Penn State.  2002 - Robert Thomas, linebacker UCLA.  2001 - Ryan Pickett, defensive line, Ohio State, 2001 - Damione Lewis, defensive line, Miami FL, - 2001 Adam Archuleta, strong saftey, Arizona State.  None of these players remain with the Rams.  Note the year 2001 with three 1st round picks, and none retained today.  Infact the only Rams that are still on the team drafted in the first round are Steven Jackson (2004), Alex Barron (2005), Adam Carriker (2007), Chris Long (2008), and Jason Smith (2009). 

The free agent signing has also been terrible.  The Rams have thrown big money contracts at washed up duds.  Drew Bennet got a 3 year - 30 million dollar deal and was only healthy for 2 games.  Corey Chavous was a bust when brought over from Minnesota in the 2006 offseason.  Dexter Coakley was just as bad of a signing.  Randy McMichael should be sent to Detroit where his buddy Scott Linehan is coaching. 

Changes need to be made if the Rams want to get out of the cellar.  The offense needs a complete makeover.  Everyone but Steven Jackson and the starting offensive linemen should be worried about their job.  Marc Bulger being the biggest disappointment when he got his 60+ million dollar extension.  That was at the time a bigger contract then what Tom Brady of New England had. 

On the defensive side O.J. Atogwe, Chris Long, Will Witherspoon, James Lauranitis, James Butler, Ron Bartell, and Adam Carriker are starting points for a better defense, but there are big holes.  Leonard Little is well over 30, its time to move on with him.  There needs to be a better No.2 cornerback.  We need an outside linebacker that can make plays. 

It won't happen overnight, and until it does the Rams now currently possess the longest losing streak in the NFL. 

Incase you were wondering what happend in todays Rams game, it was a lackluster performance.  The 49ers scored 21 points off of defensive touchdown returns.  Kyle Boller had no success in the passing game.  Steven Jackson did accumulate 85 yards of offense but never got a chance to score.  The Rams did sack Shaun Hill four times, but forced zero turnovers. 

Next week the Rams are home to take on the Minnesota Vikings.  Lets hope maybe the Rams can suprise some and get a much needed victory.

Posted on: September 28, 2009 1:27 am
 

Week 3 Packers @ Rams

Week three was the Rams home opener in which they hosted the Green Bay Packers.  This game got ugly in a hurry.  Green Bay trounced the Rams 36-17 mostly because Green Bay had success running the ball and converting long passes at the right time.

What I Noticed about the game...

The St. Louis offense did themselves no favors.  The first quarter was a disaster for the Rams.  A blocked field goal on the opening possesion of the game, two costly fumbles lost within their own 15 yard line, and an injury to starting quarterback Marc Bulger set the tone for this game.  Josh Brown had his 48 yard field goal attempt blocked which would have given the Rams an early lead.  Instead the Packers wound up scoring first on one of Mason Crosby's 3 first quarter field goals.  Then to make matters worse Steven Jackson and Bulger each lost a fumble on consecutive possessions to help Green Bay establish a 9-0 lead after the first quarter. 

Kyle Boller took over for an injured Marc Bulger and played fairly decent.  Boller completed 16 of 31 passes for 164 yards with a pair of touchdowns along with one interception. 

Steven Jackson proved why he should get 20+ carries a game with his effort today.  Jackson rushed 27 times for 117 yards and also caught five passes for 46 yards.  When healthy he is clearly the best playmaker on the team and has the ability to wear down defenses with his running style. 

Fullback Daniel Fells caught a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to bring the Rams within nine points at the half.  His two catches went for 35 yards with his longest of 19 coming two seconds before halftime. 

It is hard to blame the Rams defense for this loss.  Green Bay started two drives in the red zone and could only muster field goals.  However, the Rams were decimated by the big play again today.  Aaron Rodgers completed three passes that were good for more than 45 yards.  He only completed 13 passes in the game but tallied 269 yards through the air along with a pair of touchdown passes.  Donald Driver and Greg Jennings each had atleast 95 yards receiving.  Despite the struggles against the pass, Leonard Little accumulated two sacks.

The Rams defense also struggled against the run.  The Packers accumulated 152 yards on the ground, ninety-nine of those coming courtesy of Ryan Grant.  

Despite achieving 22 first downs, the Rams went 4-14 on 3rd down conversions.  That is an area which certainly needs improvement.  

The Rams have a tough matchup in week 4 as they head west to the San Francisco 49ers whom are 2-1.  Hopefully the Rams can rebound and get a much needed win.  

 

Posted on: December 22, 2008 1:45 am
 

Rams Week 16 Recap

San Francisco 49ers 17 @ St. Louis Rams 16

The Rams would blow another game late as the 49ers won the game by scoring two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game.  The Rams defense had silenced the 49ers offense for 55 minutes producing 4 turnovers and 4 sacks.  After trailing 3-0 after one quarter the Rams would score 16 consecutive points, 10 of those coming in the last two minutes of the first half.  However, the Rams had to settle for a 22 yard Josh Brown field goal after a 15 play 60 yard drive had stalled on the San Francisco 4 yard line.  St. Louis had 1st and Goal on the SF 5 and failed to score a touchdown that could have potentially been enough to seal the game for the Rams.  The Rams called terrible playcalls near the endzone.  On 1st and Goal Steven Jackson carried the ball for a loss of 3 yards.  On 2nd down Jackson got the call again, this time gaining a yard.  On 3rd and Goal from the 7, Marc Bulger had to scramble and only gained 3 yards to get to the 4 yard line.  It looked like a give-up drive.  Not one play looked like it was designed to put 6 points on the board.  Torry Holt has been an effective receiver most of his career; why not call a fade route towards the corner of the endzone for him to attempt to jump and grab?  The play calling is just too conservative.  A play like that hasn't been seen since the Mike Martz era.  Maybe the coaching staff thinks they lack playmakers that are unable to catch touchdowns within the 5 yard line? 

San Francisco waited until there was less than 5 minutes remaining in the game before finding the endzone.  Shaun Hill connected with Isaac Bruce for a 3 yard touchdown reception.  The touchdown for Bruce was his 1000th career reception.  After spending 14 years with the Rams, it was a given that he would accomplish that feat against his former team today. 

After a Rams 3 and out, the 49ers got the ball back with plenty of time.  Trailing 16-10 with 2:27 and possession at their own 33 yard line, Shaun Hill was sacked by Pisa Tinoisamoa for a loss of 7 yards.  Then on 2nd and 17, defensive end James Hall was flagged for encrouchment, and gave the 49ers 5 free yards to make it a more managible 2nd and 12.  Hill would complete his next three passes and give the 49ers a 17-16 lead after throwing a 48 yard touchdown to Josh Morgan with 90 seconds to go. 

The Rams had one last chance to move into field goal range to win the game and on 4th and 9 at the Rams 38 yard line, Bulger threw a pass that was tipped by the defense and Donnie Avery managed to concentrate and make a sideline circus catch at the 49ers 45 yard line.  Then came a running play which Steven Jackson lost 3 yards on.  With 25 seconds left, why are you calling dumb plays like that?  It was stupid, and on the next play the 49ers sealed their win when Marc Bulger was intercepted.  The 49ers would win 17-16, a game that should have easily been another Rams victory. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 17 Matchup

The Rams close the 2008 season on the road as they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.  St. Louis (2-13) and Atlanta (10-5) don't have much to play for.  One team is watching the playoffs on television and the other already has wrapped up the 5th seed.

Posted on: December 15, 2008 12:26 am
 

Week 15 Seahawks @ Rams

Seattle Seahawks 23 @ St. Louis Rams 20

In the battle to get out of last place in the NFC West, Seattle and St. Louis each with records of 2-12 fought in a game down to the wire.  Despite losing 7 straight to the rival Seahawks, the Rams came out strong in the first half.  The Rams scored on the opening drive of the game on a 31-yard pass from Marc Bulger to Torry Holt.  After forcing the Seahawks to punt on their first drive of the game, the Rams made a crucial mistake.  On the second play of the drive Derek Stanley took a handoff and fumbled at the St. Louis 23-yard line.  Jordan Babineaux picked up the loose ball and ran it in for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.  Despite the mistake, the Rams would regroup and score their second touchdown in the second quarter on a 6 yard run by Steven Jackson.  Up 14-7, the Rams would also add a Josh Brown 36 yard field goal before halftime.  At the half the Rams had piled up 243 yards and had a 17-7 lead. 

 

 

 

St. Louis is a much better football team when Steven Jackson can suit up and play.  Jackson carried the ball 24 times for 91 yards and scored on a 6 yard run in the 2nd quarter to give the rams a 14-7 lead.  He also added 36 receiving yards on 4 receptions.

 

 

 

 

Each team had fumbled twice.  The other Rams fumble came inside the Red Zone.  Joe Klopfenstein caught a 12 yard pass reception and got down to the Seattle 15 where he fumbled the ball.  It took a golden opportunity for points away from the Rams. 

The second half was a complete disaster.  St. Louis could only manage 99 yards in the second half with a total of 4 first downs.  Steven Jackson was held in check.  After compiling 81 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown, he received 7 carries for only 10 yards in the 2nd half.  The defense fell asleep.  After holding the Seahawks to 76 yards through 2 periods and 3 points, Seattle woke up and outscored the Rams 16-3 as they went on to win 23-20 on a last second field goal by Olindo Mare

On the final drive of the game, St. Louis couldn't stop Seattle on a 3rd and 4 at the Rams 38 yard line as they allowed T.J. Duckett to pick up the 1st down.  On the next play, Senaca Wallace through a deep strike to Deion Branch that would ensure an easy field goal attempt for the Seahawks.  That's your ball game, Seattle 23-20. 

Week 16 Matchup

St. Louis welcomes the San Francisco 49ers into town next week.  The 49ers (5-9) lost to the Miami Dolphins 14-9.  It will be another return trip to St. Louis for former Rams head coach Mike Martz who is now the offensive coordinator for the 49ers.  Martz took over in 2000 after Dick Vermeil retired.  Martz lead the Rams to three seasons in a row of 10 or more wins.  He coached the Rams to their Super Bowl 36 apperance, as well as their last NFC West division title in 2003. 

 

Posted on: November 17, 2008 1:53 am
Edited on: November 17, 2008 1:54 am
 

Week 11 Rams @ 49ers

Rams 16 @ 49ers 35

After getting whooped on the east coast by the New York Jets 47-3, the Rams traveled to the west coast to face NFC West rival San Francisco.  The 49ers, losers of six straight games would start out red hot and never have to worry about the outcome of this game.  Despite the Rams shutting out the 49ers in the second half, St. Louis surrendered 28 second quarter points falling to last place in the division with a 2-8 record.   

Frank Gore got the scoring started for San Francisco on a 5 yard touchdown run that was set up by Allen Rossum's 29 yard punt return giving the offense a short field to work with.  The Rams would answer back by settling for a Josh Brown 24 yard field goal.  After having 1st and goal from the 49ers 5 yard line, St. Louis couldn't put the ball in the end zone resulting in 3 points.  San Francisco would score touchdowns on their next four possessions.  Vernon Davis scored on a 2 yard pass by Shaun Hill to extend the 49ers lead to14-3.  On the following drive for the Rams, Marc Bulger fumbled at his own 16 yard line that set up Frank Gore's 1 yard touchdown run, his second on the day.  Next, Bulger was intercepted by Walt Harris which resulted in Shaun Hill's 1 yard touchdown run.  Lastly, the 49ers scored on another 2 yard pass from Hill to Bryant Johnson to close the quarter.  Going into halftime it was 35-3 49ers; almost as bad as the previous week when it was 40-0 Jets at the half.   

St. Louis would outscore the 49ers 13-0 in the second half to make the final 35-16.  Josh Brown connected on field goals from 44 and 48 yards.  The Rams finally found the end zone in the final two minutes of the game as Marc Bulger hooked up with Dane Looker for a 2 yard touchdown pass. 

Turnovers hurt the Rams badly and gave the 49ers short fields to work with.  The defense played poorly again, but it doesn't help their cause when their backs are already against the wall.  The 1985 Bears would have trouble keeping opponnents off the scoreboard when the drive starts in the red zone.  Marc Bulger had all three of the Rams' turnovers having 2 passes intercepted and 1 fumble lost. 

Antonio Pittman did a decent job filling in for Steven Jackson again, as he continues to nurse an injured right thigh.  Pittman carried the ball 14 times for 95 yards.  That's a pretty good performance for a backup running back on the road. 

Orlando Pace, Ronald Bartell, and Richie Incognito left in the 1st half with injuries that could mean they miss some playing time. 

Rams Player of the Game

Donnie Avery had a career best 9 receptions for 93 yards today.  He progresses more and more each game as he learns the ropes.  I think he will just keep getting better.  He has game breaking speed and is capable of beating defenders. 

Week 12 Matchup

St. Louis heads back home to take on the Chicago Bears.  Chicago (5-5) lost to Green Bay 37-3 at Lambeau Field.  The Bears defense is in trouble as they are getting beat badly on defense against the run as well as the pass.  The Bears feature a great rookie running back in Matt Forte, whom is a fun player to watch. 

 
 
 
 
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