Tuesday, November 22, 2011

St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks Grades

Quarterbacks (D+)
Lets face it right now Sam Bradford is struggling. Sam does not seem comfortable in the pocket, has not been accurate and is locking onto receivers mainly Brandon Lloyd. Sam Bradford was 20 of 40 for 181 with a touchdown and interception and 60.5 QB rating against Seattle. The Rams failed to score over the final 54 minutes of game time and that just is not good enough.

Running backs (C)
If you take away Steven Jackson's meaningless 19 yard run on 3rd and 26 he was only able to gain 23 yards on 14 carries. The Rams who came into the game with offensive line issues needed a big game from Jackson. Jackson had four carries in the first quarter for 2 yards. Their simply was no where for Jackson to run in this one.

Wide Receivers (C)
The Rams receivers were once again led by Brandon Lloyd who had five catches for 67 yards including a nice 30 yard touchdown early in the first quarter to put the Rams up 7-0. The Rams had 4 receivers catch a pass including the welcomed return of Mark Clayton who caught three balls for 26 yards. The receivers made the plays they could make.

Offensive Line (F)
Well when you are forced to go with Kevin Hughes at left tackle you are hoping to just keep Sam Bradford alive which they did manage to do. However their was no room to run as the Rams averaged 2.5 yards per carry. Bardford was sacked five times and fumbled twice. The high priced offensive line and injuries are costing the Rams big time.

Special Teams (D)
Donnie Jones who was forced to punt 10 times was not his usual self even though he did average 44.1 yards per punt. His kicks for the most part were low and right down the middle of the field to Leon Washington, not the best idea and he made them pay. Josh Brown was overpaid as he only had to kick an extra point and one kick off. Austin Pettis catching a punt at the goal line was also a huge mistake.

Defense (C+)
The Rams only allowed 289 yards but they did allow 24 points and let the Seahawks control the ball for 35 minutes. On the bright side they held Marshawn Lynch to 3.3 yards a carry, had four sacks, two interceptions and forced three fumbles.

Coaching (F)
Just another terrible effort by this staff. Five wide set with a third string LT and a shaky Sam Bradford? Five straight passes to start the game without trying to establish the run with Jackson. No screen passes. Constant four yard pass patterns. So conservative 4th and 2 with less than eight minutes to play and we punt. Special teams always seem lost and have a lack of fundamentals. Right side of Seattle's O-line were out why were we not blitzing right behind Chris Long and just destroying them in the backfield.

By Stlvinnie - http://www.stlouisramfan.com

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