Wednesday, December 7, 2011

St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers Grades

Quarterbacks (D)
A.J. Feeley started for the injured Sam Bradford and he did not look sharp. Feeley finished 12 of 22 for 156 yards and 1 interception. If it were not for 2 amazing catches from Brandon Lloyd and Austin Pettis Feeley would have barely cracked 100 yards. Feeley was sacked four times and hurried throughout. As we have seen previously it is hard to tell if players are holding the offense back or the coaches are holding it back, either way the effort from Feeley was not pretty.

Running backs (D)
Steven Jackson had one of his lowest rushing totals ever as he was only able to gain 19 yards on 10 carries. The Rams went to Jerious Norwood after the game started to get away from them and we was even less successful gaining 19 yards on 11 carries. Overall the Rams rushed for 31 yards on 23 carries for a 1.3 yard average. There were no holes but someone must take the blame and some will fall here.

Wide Receivers (C)
With only 12 completions you can't expect too much out of your receivers. Brandon Lloyd was hardly looked too in this one and only had 1 circus catch for 34 yards. In a 26 point loss I would expect Lloyd to at least catch several balls. Brandon Gibson led the Rams in catches (4) and yardage (42). Rams wide receivers caught 9 passes for 119 yards. They did what they could with what they had.

Offensive Line (F)
The patchwork line played even worse than they did the previous week allowing Feeley to get pounded throughout and there was absolutely no room for Jackson to run. Everyone saw Goldberg run over my a linebacker and there were many other players bowled over in this one. Get it together guys!

Special Teams (C)
Josh Brown stole a check in this one as a was asked to kick the ball just one time on the opening kickoff! Donnie Jones who is not 100% managed 40 yards per punt on 8 attempts. Nick Miller was for some reason replaced by Quinn Porter on one kickoff return why would that be? Have we not seen enough of Quinn Porter. Kick coverage ok. Overall not much to talk about here.

Defense (D)
Overall the defense played very hard and managed 4 sacks and play tough in the red zone. We must realize that the defense also needs to create takeaways and get off the field. The Rams defense did allow 6 scores, failed to create any turnovers and the 49ers were able to play keep away with 36+ minutes of time of possession. In addition Alex Smith completed 74% of his passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Hard yes, good enough no.

Coaching (F)
Sorry I have to give out yet another F to Steve Spagnuolo and his coaching staff. You have 10 wins in 3 years and you once again lost a game by double digits. You get a high powered OC and the team still can't move the ball. It is embarrassing to only gain 157 yards in an NFL football game I don't care who you are playing. Stan you can barrow my phone to call someone or $49 to fly Spagnuolo out of town on Southwest Airlines but lets start cleaning house.

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

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