Saturday, September 17, 2011

St. Louis Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles Grades

St. Louis Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles Grades

Quarterbacks - C
Well I could almost get an incomplete here since Sam Bradford left in the 3rd quarter with a hand injury but I am going to grade them anyway. Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley combined to go 18 of 35 for 209 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions. Both were under siege by the Eagles defensive line throughout the contest. Rams completed 10 balls to wide receivers which was a plus but drops hurt their overall efficiency.

Runningbacks - A-
It was a shame that Steven Jackson was hurt on his first carry of the game because he may have been on his way to a 200 yard day. Cadillac Willams was very good in the backup role averaging almost five yards per carry. The Rams had 154 yards on the ground a touchdown and five receptions for 49 yards.

Wide Receivers - D
Bottom line their were just too many drops. Austin Pettis & Denario Alexander were not even dressed for the game which is more of a coaching decision. Danny Amendola suffered a dislocated elbow which also did not help our attack. If Brandon Gibson and Mike Sims-Walker are going to help Sam Bradford they have to make more plays and catch every ball thrown their way. MSW had one catch for 5 yards that is not good enough.

Offensive Line - D
Without the 5.9 yards per carry I would have given this group an F. Again their number one job is to keep Sam Bradford on his feet and they failed at that task. The Philadelphia Eagles had five sacks and were constantly applying pressure throughout. Both Jason Smith and Rodger Saffold were nicked up in the contest. This line is getting paid too much to not provide a solid pocket for Sam Bradford. Pick it up guys!

Special Teams C
Well I usually give thee guys an A but Josh Brown missed a field goal which hurt momentum, Donnie Jones only averaged 42 yards per punt and put two into the end zone, and Danny Amendola muffed a punt. Kickoff coverage was solid and the Eagles did not have any punt returns. Jerious Norwood should see all of the return action with Amendola out of the lineup for a while.

Defense - C-
The Rams were able to sack Michael Vick three times and recover a fumble but they gave up too many large plays in this game and were not able to contain Vick. The Eagles ran for 236 yards and 7.4 yards per carry, had 403 total yards, put 31 on the scoreboard and were 8 of 12 on 3rd down conversions. Wide receivers were open all over the field and the cutback runs continue to kill the Rams. Chris Long please stay in your zone.

Coaching - B+
How much blame can you put on the coaching staff? The Rams came out on fire and jumped to an early lead. The Rams attacked the middle of the field and stayed away from the Eagles corners. The Rams ran the rock 26 times and had opportunities throughout but just did not execute. I can't put any of this on the coaching staff. Dropped passes, allowing sacks and being unable to run the ball in from the one yard line is a lack of execution by the players. My biggest issue with the coaching was their roster selection for the game.

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