Tag:Torry Holt
Posted on: April 27, 2009 1:32 am
 

Recapping the Rams Draft

The Rams knew the departure of Orlando Pace created a big hole at tackle, and the Rams didn't let a golden opportunity slip by them.  St. Louis selected Jason Smith of Baylor University with their No. 2 overall pick in the first round.  Eventhough the 6'5" 309 pound lineman was converted from tight end, he has the skills necessary to take over for the Rams at left tackle.  Filling the spot of Orlando Pace isn't an easy task because that is Marc Bulger's blind side. 

In the second round the Rams selected James Laurinatis of Ohio State.  He is tagged as one of the most productive linebackers in the history of Ohio State football.  He started 39 of the 51 games he played in as a buckeye and recorded 375 tackles which includes 24.5 for loss of yards.  He racked up 13 sacks and also forced four fumbles.  In college he played middle linebacker which will allow the Rams to move Chris Draft and Will Witherspoon back to the outside linebacker positions.   

While I was a little upset that the Rams didn't select Aaron Curry in the 1st round, I am happy that we drafted a top priority in selected a lineman.  The second round pick of Laurinatis really excites me.  I think this is a great pick for the Rams, and he should fit nicely into our defense.  We needed to shore up our defense and we got a very talented playmaker that can play inside linebacker. 

Day 2 of the draft saw the Rams select Bradley Fletcher of Iowa with the second pick of the 3rd round.  Fletcher, 6'1 196 pounds, is slated to be either the nickel or dime back for the Rams defense.  He only started 4 games previous to his senior year, but showed lots of promise in his performance against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. 

Darrell Scott of Clemson was selected by the Rams in the 4th round.  He has a 6'4" frame to go along with 312 pounds of run-stopping ability.  The Rams are hoping that Scott can rotate with Adam Carriker and Clifton Ryan to give help to the Rams woes of run defense.  Before suffering injuries in his senior year Scott tallied 161 tackles, 9 sacks, and 18.5 tackles for loss in three years of starting. 

The Rams turned their attention to wide receiver taking Brooks Foster from North Carolina.  Foster hauled in 97 receptions for 1237 yards during his college career including 6 touchdowns.  He had a knee injury during his senior year, but had successful surgery after the season ended.  The need is certainly there for Foster, as Torry Holt was released to create cap room, and Drew Bennett never panned out after signing a big contract before the 2007 season. 

In the sixth round the Rams went quarterback as they selected Keith Null of West Texas A&M.  Null 6'3" 220 pounds was mentored by coach Ryan Leaf as he served as a backup his first two seasons.(thats right former No. 2 pick overall bust Ryan Leaf).

Chris Ogbonnaya was the Rams' final choice of the 2009 NFL Draft.  A product of Texas, whose name I have no idea how to pronounce, had 73 carries for 373 yards with 4 touchdowns in 2008.  He coupled that with 46 receptions for 540 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Overall I feel pretty good about the picks the Rams made.  With the new coaching staff in place I feel this team is heading in a positive direction.

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: September 28, 2008 8:21 am
 

Buffalo Bills @ St. Louis Rams Week 4 Preview

(3-0) Bufalo Bills @ (0-3) St. Louis Rams 3:05 PM

At the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis the Bills come rolling in at first place atop the AFC East.  That in itself is remarkable, but the Bills are looking to go (4-0) for the first time since 1992.  Lead by head coach Dick Jauron, the Bills feature a great running game, a very tough defense, and a game-changing special teams. 

Much news was already made for the Rams this week as head coach Scott Linehan had demoted starting quarterback Marc Bulger in favor of Trent Green.  Linehan has placed blame on the poor play of Marc Bulger being the reason to a struggling offense that is averaging 9.7 points per game which is 31st in the league.  Only the Cleveland Browns are worse at 8.7 points per game. 

Earlier in the week Torry Holt came out and said that the offensive line has to do a better job of blocking for Bulger and creating running room for Steven Jackson.  With everyone pointing the finger at everyone, Linehan has made a decision to switch quarterbacks.  Bulger signed a $65 million dollar deal before the start of the 2007 season.  That is one hell of an expensive backup QB.  Then Linehan decided to cut Fakhir Brown whom was one of the better coverage cornerbacks the Rams had.  Ronald Bartell will take his place in the starting lineup.  Then there is the developing situation with Torry Holt.  According to InsideSTL.com, Scott Linehan is trying to trade or release wide receiver Torry Holt stating that their relationship is at the point in which they hate each other.  Remember back to last year's Thursday Night Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in which the cameras showed Torry Holt and coach Linehan arguing back at each other.  What is the Coach thinking really?  He benches his best QB infavor of a washed up Trent Green.  He cuts his best coverage corner back, and now wants to get rid ofTorry Holt? 

The Matchups

When Buffalo has the ball...

Buffalo features the 11th ranked passing offense (234 YPG) against the Rams' 30th ranked passing defense (272 YPG).

On the ground the Bills have the 23rd ranked rushing offense (99 YPG) against the Rams' 29th ranked rushing defense (184 YPG).

Buffalo averages 26 PPG (ranked 9th) while St. Louis gives up 38 PPG which is ranked dead last. 

When St. Louis has the ball...

St. Louis features the 27th ranked passing offense (146 YPG) against the Bills' 6th ranked passing defense (153 YPG).

On the ground the Rams have the 32nd ranked rushing offense (56 YPG) against the Bills' 12th ranked rushing defense (93 YPG).

St. Louis averages 9.7 PPG (ranked 31st) and Buffalo allows 16.3 PPG (ranked 6th).

Prediction

Buffalo has a young star in Marshawn Lynch.  He should be able to have a field day against a terrible defense.  Trent Edwards, the Bills starting quarterback, might throw a couple touchdowns utilizing Lee Evans on a big play action strike for a touchdown.  I see Edwards around 230 yards and 2 TDs, but Marshawn Lynch could have his first 100 yard game of the season.  I see him getting 125 yards and 2 TDs.  Fred Jackson might even come in and find paydirt on this terrible defense. 

The Rams won't have much luck running the ball on the Bills today.  Marcus Stroud and Kyle Williams aren't easy to run on.  It doesn't help that Steven Jackson has had injury issues with a groin pull.  Jackson might be relied on more heavily due to Trent Green starting at quarterback, but he will be ineffective.  I expect Jackson to finish the day with about 65 yards on 19 carries with no scores.  Trent Green won't do much in his first start of the season.  I don't even know if he'll last the first quarter if he gets hit.  If he does play the whole game expect Green to throw for well under 200 yards and have 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. 

Bills win in a rout 37-13.  Scott Linehan gets relieved of his coaching duties after the game.  Maybe this will be a victory for the Rams in that regaurd. 

 

 
 
 
 
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