Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
St. Louis Rams Cage In The Bengals 24-21
Kyle Boller had a nice night playing one series into he 3rd Quarter. Boller went 114 of 20 for 96 yards with TD, along with 16 yards rushing. I like the way he plays, his attitude, and apparent leadership. Berlin and Null only threw 9 passes in the second half and did not show much. Samkon Gado was again the star of the running backs. With Steven Jackson only in the game for 7 plays on offense Gado was quickly in and given a chance to shine. Gado did not disappoint as he totaled 35 total yards and two touchdowns. Laurent Robinson again led the receiving core in catches and yardage.
On this night it was the defense that stole the show. For the Rams to be successful in 2009 they will have to create turnovers and cash them in. On this night they were able to do just that. Steve Spagnuolo came from the Eagles and Giants both teams that have had a history of hard hitting D that likes to get after the QB and cause turnovers. I would love to see the Rams put together a team that can play that way on defense.
The Rams are now 2-1 in the preseason and will finish their schedule next Thursday night at the Edward Jones Dome against the Kansas City Chiefs. Hopefully some more starters like Bulger, Avery, Little, Carriker, etc. will be healthy for that one. I would like to see Marc Bulger get some work in prior to the road opener at Seattle on September 13th.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Edward Jones Dome Upgrades and Renovations
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Donnie Avery Returns To Practice
Monday, August 24, 2009
Leonard Little Injured In Practice
Leonard Little sprained his right knee in practice today, what more could go wrong? The injury does not appear to be too serious since Little came back to practice for a short while before the coaching staff shut him down. You never know with the St. Louis Rams, the little injuries always seem to linger or get worst. Just days ago Brooks Foster had a high ankle sprain that turned into needing surgery. Little who will turn 35 prior to mid-season has missed 11 of the Rams previous 32 games. If Little is out for any significant time Victor Adeyanju will fill in at left DE.
The Seattle Seahawks Land The Edge
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The Chase Is On
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Déjà Vu Falcons Beat Rams 20-13
The Rams finished the 2008 season with a 31-27 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. In that game Michael Turner gashed the Rams alive with 208 yards rushing on 25 carries and a TD. last night Turner once again torched the Rams again. Turner had 65 yards on only 7 carries, and a TD. The Falcons O-line again completely dominated the Rams defense. This is bad news since the season starts in 3 weeks. Will the Rams be able to compete more in 2009? The Rams require way more talent and speed to compete week in and week out. The Rams were 31st in points allowed last year. In addition they allowed 154 yards per game on the ground. The defense has to improve and that starts up front.
Atlanta Falcons @ St. Louis Rams Recap
2nd Q - Early in the 2nd Kyle Boller missed a wide open Laurent Robinson on what would have been an easy TD. Matt Ryan only played two series and was replaced by D.J. Shockley. James Laurinaitis made a great interception but the Rams could only move the ball one yard before kicking a Josh Brown FG. At half time the score was 14-3 Atlanta. Laurent Robinson was the Rams best player in the half. The Rams had 16 yards rushing after Jackson came out of the game and 11 of those were from Boller. Gado had nowhere to go against the run stuffing D of Atlanta which was handling the Rams O-line with ease.
3rd Q - Larry Grant sacked D.J. Shockley and forced a fumble that was recovere by Hollis Thomas. Brock Berlin who took over for Kyle Boller hit Derek Stanley for a pretty 20 yard TD pass. The Rams were back in it, down only 14-10 early in the 3rd. Jason Smith who started at RT played 2 1/2 quarters in the game. This was nice to see but I am still not sure why he is not playing LT. The rest of the 3rd was pretty uneventful even though the Falcons did get a FG to go up 17-10 heading into the 4th.
4th Q - Todd Johnson intercepted D.J. Shockley early in the 4th to put the Rams in a great position to tie the game Keith Null replaced Brock Berlin and led the Rams down to the Falcons 5 yard line. The Rams were unable to convert a 3rd and 1 and like most bad teams had to settle for a FG from inside the 10. Kenneth Darby was just stuffed on a run up the middle. The Rams have to find a way to improve in these situations. After not taking advantage the Falcons came right back and marched 6 yards to get their own FG to go up 20-13. The Rams had one more chance starting from their own 35. Keith Null led a nice drive down to the Falcons 12 yard line. Could the Rams win another preseason game? The Rams ran a draw play on 3rd and 5 that did not fool anyone and that set the stage for a 4th and 6 from the 13. Berlin looked and looked but nobody was open and he ended up getting picked on the play. A few plays earlier it looked like Klopfenstein could have caught the tying TD but he did not. Does anyone know why he is still on the Rams roster?
Thursday, August 20, 2009
What Could Have Been or Should Have Been?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Edward Jones Dome Renovations
As interested and excited as I am to see the St. Louis Rams take on the Atlanta Falcons Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome, I am also excited to see the $30 million dollars worth of renovations that took place over the summer. That's right $30 million dollars worth of our taxpayers money went towards renovation of the Edward Jones Dome. For those of you that want a better atmosphere hopefully these additions will help. There will be two new LED video boards twice as large as the old video board. The Rams have promised more scores, highlights and fantasy information during games. St. Louis's largest sports bar, the Bud Zone will also be open to check out before and after the game. There will also be a new Premium Club in addition to a renovated Rams Club which will feature tons of televisions. Some daylight from the outside is supposed to be able to peak through the clubs and into the stadium. This natural light with some new lighter paint in the stadium should brighten things up a bit. There will also be a new LED marquee in front of the stadium.
I pray to NOT hear the song Celebration, or see the black and white pixel dancing Elvis character. We also hope the new improved sound system is unable to play commercials at the same time as highlights or announcements. See you there!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Alex Barron To Have MRI On His Knee
Monday, August 17, 2009
Marc Bulger Injured In Practice
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Rams Receiving Cupboard Is Bare
St. Louis Rams vs. Jets Highlights
Friday, August 14, 2009
Live Rams GameDay Blog
2nd Q - Rams start second quarter ith mostly backups. Jets drove 93 yards with Sanchez at the helm to take a 10-3 lead. Drive was helped a lot by Justin King getting burned and David Roach missing a tackle on 3rd and long. Offensive starters except Steven Jackson start the third Rams drive. Bulger connected on a nice long pass to Laurent Robinson. Drive stalled again as Bulger was sacked for the third time, 10-6 Jets. Kyle Boller, Pittman, and Robinson led the Rams on a nice 12 play drive ending in a Josh Brown FG before halftime. Jets up 10-9 at halftime.
3rd Q - Rams started with the ball and Jason Smith and Kyle Boller. Samkon Gado ripped off a 77 yard TD run up the middle to put the Rams up 16-10.Shonn Greene rips off a long run and gets the Jets in scoring position to make it 16-13 half way through the quarter. Brock Berlin led the Rams on a fairly long drive that stalled at the Jets 39. Rams lead 16-13 after 3.
4th Q - Tood Johnson is burned on a play fake, and Erik Ainge passes to David Clowney down the middle for 50 yard TD, as the Jets take the lead 20-16. After Brock Berlin was hurt on a rollout Keith Null took over and lead the Rams on a TD drive. Null hit Sean Walker for a 13 yard touchdown pass. Rams up 23-20 with 7:32 left in the game. Eric Moore and C.J. Ah You had some great plays in the 4th to stop a Jets late game drive. Rams win 23-20!!
Player of the game Samkon Gado 6 carries for 93 yards and a TD, along with a catch for 5 yards.
Rams @ Jets What We Are Watching
The number one thing we are looking for tonight is watching the kids. When will Jason Smith come into the game as right tackle? Will he hold his own? Will James Laurinaitis fit right in at MLB between Chris Draft and Will Witherspoon? It is time for the Rams to find a diamond in the rough so I would love to see Foster Brooks WR out of North Carolina become the next Torry Holt.
The O-line. The big uglies are the key to every football team. The Rams currently have a large quantity but do they have a large amount of quality. Also the starting 5 heading into the season have never played together before so they need to jell.
Marc Bulger the enigma. Can he play and does he want to play? At times it is hard to tell. I want to see emotion, leadership, toughness in the pocket, and the ability to throw a football 55+ yards. He needs all of these qualities not just one or two. I would also like to see him play more than a quarter.
Watching S-Jack (Steven Jackson) run. Steven Jackson is the heart and sole and leader of this team without a doubt. Sure we don't want to see him get hurt so why play him? Well because he can get hurt in practice or the weight room, so let's get him game day ready. How great would it be to see him run behind Jason Smith after a pancake block and head down the sidelines for a long TD run. I want to see it!
Last but not least we need some wide receivers. Who will step up and separate themselves from the others? With Donnie Avery out 4-6 weeks with a fracture in his foot others will get a long look. I want to see Keenan Burton step up and Foster Brooks show us what he's got. Everyone was a rookie once, there is no reason players on this roster can't become the next great players!
The Philadelphia Eagles Adopt Michael Vick
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Jim Thomas Talks About The Rams on ESPN 101
Kurt Warner Makes New York Times Best Seller List
St. Louis Rams 31st In Power Rankings
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
St. Louis Blues Tickets Go On Sale This Saturday!
St. Louis Blues Tickets
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
St. Louis Rams Lose Donnie Avery To Injury
Well I am here to tell you that the sky is not falling...yet. With coach Steve Spagnuolo in town I have a renewed sense of hope and optimism. So with that in mind I am going to take another sip of kool-aid and give you some facts, and reason for hope. First off the season is 16 games long so if we can get Avery back by week 3 at the latest that will soften the blow. Spagnuolo has been around a lot of success with the Eagles and Giants. Three of the top 10 passing offenses last year did not have a 1000 yard receiver. The Eagles typically will pass for around 4000 yards by just spreading the ball around. The Giants also spread the ball around. The Rams look toward this philosophy in 2009. I believe the tight ends and backs will catch many more balls in 2009. You may know the New Orleans Saints led the league in passing, but did you know their leading receiver was undrafted Lance Moore who had only 928 yards receiving. Likewise the Philadelphia Eagles were led by rookie DeSean Jackson with 912 yards. The New York Giants made the playoffs with no receiver topping 600 yards. So hang in there and remember even Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce were rookies once.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
St. Louis Rams Scrimmage Notes
included many people standing up around the fence and many more up on the grassy hill between the field and seats.
After the team warm-up all of the players gathered at the south side of the field near midfield. The Rams offensive players would wear white and the defense was in blue. The four QB's on the roster Bulger, Boller, Berlin, and Null all wore red jerseys, as in "do not touch". The scrimmage was played at about 3/4 speed, and a lot of plays ended without an actual tackle.
The scrimmage started with the Rams first team offense against the second team defense. The offense gets to keep moving down the field if they get first downs, if not they move the ball to a new location at start over. On the second drive Marc Bulger was picked off by Quincy Butler. Marc was picked off again later in the scrimmage and also had another near pic. The scrimmage also included a set of referees. Alex Barron was called for a false start early which
caused the crowd to kind of throw out a laugh or two.
The Second Team offense then came out to try their luck against the Rams first string defense. Jason Smith was the right tackle with the second unit while Adam Goldberg was the right tackle on the first unit. Smith got some action in against Leonard Little during the scrimmage which was nice to see. I have yet to see anyone move Smith around. He seems like the real deal. Kyle Boller looked good in the amount of time he had on the field.
The rest of the evening was spent with the Rams changing offensive and defensive lineups. The defense dominated most of the night. Since Spagnuolo is a defensive coach it is nice that the D looked sharp. After several attempts to score the Rams then went to situational drills. They practice different 2nd, 3rd, and 4th down plays. The Rams also practice from the goal line and red zone areas.
Once the scrimmage concluded the players signed autographs for about 15 minutes. The offensive players went to the North side of the field and the defense went to the South side. Players were very nice as they signed, took pictures and talked to that fans. Most would also thank you for coming out to watch them. Overall the Rams put on a very nice night for the fans and I applaud and thank them.
St. Louis sports media coverage is always interesting. Frank Cusumano on News Channel 5 said "Bulger got off to a rocky start but he threw letter perfect lasers most of the night, I mean he looked like the Marc Bulger of three years ago". Really Frank? Marc was picked twice and anyone who has ever seen Marc in practice knows he is outstanding and accurate in that situation. Can he get back to playing this way when there are 11 men actually trying to kill
him on the field? Martin Kilcoyne on Fox 2 was much more accurate in his description of the scrimmage, and also says that Marc had two picks. Interesting that neither channel said anything about the play of Jason Smith the Rams first round draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
My overall thoughts on the scrimmage were, I was very impressed with the pace and organization of the scrimmage. Brock Berlin did not help his chances. With Spagnuolo drafting Keith Null it will be hard for Berlin to stick. He did not look good on this night. Jason Smith and James Laurinaitis both looked good. We have a ton of offensive lineman and I am looking forward to watching the starting unit progress. Adam Carriker and safety Eric Bassey left the field on crutches. We will try to find out more on their injuries.
Remember Fox 2 will broadcast the Rams preseason opener August 14 at the New York Jets.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
St. Louis Rams Scrimmage at Lindenwood
St. Louis Rams Training Camp August 6th
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Is Glenn Dorsey Too Fat?
Chris Mortensen visits Rams Training Camp
Madden 10 "Battle of the Gridiron" Tournament
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