Wednesday, November 30, 2011

St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals Grades

St. Louis Rams Week 12 Grades

Quarterbacks (C-)
The excuses have to stop. Sure the patchwork line and dropped balls are not helping Sam Bradford however Sam was only sacked twice today and he still missed quiet a few throws. I believe Steve Spagnuolo has Bradford so afraid of throwing an interception that Sam is just being way too careful with the ball and does not try to make throws into tight windows like we know he can. Sam Bradford was 17 of 31 for 203 yards with a touchdown pass and 85.8 QB rating against Arizona.

Running backs (C)
The Rams just do not have the blocking or explosive back to turn their running game into many points. If you throw out the longest run from Jackson and Norwood the Rams ran for 57 yards on 20 carries or just 2.8 yards per carry. The Rams once again failed to score on the ground and have only 4 rushing TDs for the season.

Wide Receivers (B)
The Rams receivers caught 10 passes for 149 and a TD. Brandon Lloyd continues to just be great. Lloyd has to dive or make a great catch just to get to most of the balls thrown to him. Austin Pettis also chipped in with an amazing one-handed catch. Overall the receivers caught almost everything they could get too. Yards after the catch are just not available with the routes they are running in addition to where Bradford is putting the ball.

Offensive Line (D)
The patchwork line held up for the most part except for two vicious sacks that Adam Goldberg allowed to rookie Sam Acho, one of which caused a fumble and the Rams some points. There were virtually no holes for Steven Jackson or Jerious Norwood to run through. This line must improve and be retooled in 2012.

Special Teams (F)
Well even with the 88 yard punt return for a touchdown by Nick Miller I have to give this group an F. Mostly because of the coaching but still they are on the field so they get the grade. Going into the game every punt should have been kicked out of bounds instead the Rams allowed Patrick Peterson to once again run a punt back for a TD to give the Cardinals a 10 point lead. In addition the missed FG by Josh Brown proved costly.

Defense (F)
When a less than 100% Beanie Wells can set a franchise rushing record with 228 yards on 27 carries you get an F right out of the box. As bad as John Skelton and the Cardinals passing game is there is no excuse to not stack the box and shut down the Cardinals rushing attack.

Coaching (F)
Yet another F for coach Spagnuolo and his staff. I don't we really have to explain it much more. He is so conservative and afraid of losing that he lost again to a very bad Arizona Cardinals team. The punt to Peterson, the punt on 4th down, the time management before halftime, the lack of adjustments to stop the run, where has Nick Miller been for 12 weeks, the list goes on and on. Unfortunately I doubt this will be his last F.

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