Here we go again…
10/02/11 Redskins at Rams, Chris Long (Courtesy STLouisRams.com)
Tell me if you’re heard this one before.
“Rams QB Sam Bradford steps back into the pocket, throws to (insert Rams WR name here) and then said WR DROPS the ball.”
Or how about…
“Rams line up into formation for the snap and… There’s a (holding) PENALTY on the Rams resulting in a loss of 10 yards.”
Rams fans on Twitter are up in arms and even the loyalists are about ready to give up hope.
Four weeks into the season and the Rams are staring down the wrong end of a 0-4 record. Luckily (?), they are heading into a bye week but will that extra time be enough?
If I’m Spags I make the team stay in town for the bye week and get their butts in gear. They have to go back and re-learn the fundamentals. Blocking, tackling, and most of all, catching the damn ball!
I wasn’t able to watch the second half of the game (I’ll go back and watch it later tonight) but from what I’ve read it was mistake after mistake. At a certain point you can’t just blame the players for a lack of execution. The coaches are all going to share a spot on that hot seat with them.
Oh, and before I forget.
What is Austin Pettis doing on those returns??? The poor kid is going to get himself killed out there!
The first time you just chalk it up to him being a rookie. Pettis didn’t know better? I’ll give you that one. He probably got an earful on the sideline. The second time, it’s on the coaches. They didn’t get through to him or he ignored them. Either way, he’s getting knocked silly. The third time is absolutely inexcusable!
Austin, take about 1,000mg of Acetaminophen for that whopper of a headache you’re going to have tonight. Take better care of yourself on the field, AP.
10/02/11 Redskins at Rams Game Summary
From the numbers
Both Redskins and Rams got off more or less the same number of first downs (16 vs. 14), plays (69 vs. 67), and passing/receiving yards (143 yds. vs. 127 yds.)
What leaps out at me from the team stat comparisons is the disparity in the running game. Rams with their pathetic 45 yards to the Redskins’ 196 yards.
This is where I was hoping the Rams would make some positive steps forward from week 3 against the 6th ranked Ravens rushing D. (The Redskins come in at 11th)
The only player to contribute to the Rams running attack (and I use that very lightly) is Steven Jackson. He ran for a whopping… wait for it… 45 yards on 17 carries.
SJ showed signs of life in a few of his runs but wasn’t able to break one out for a big gain. His longest run was only for 13 yards.
Where was Cadillac Williams? He was a non-factor nursing a hamstring injury. Jerious Norwood was inactive (coach’s decision) in favor of newly signed Quinn Porter for his special teams abilities.
The Redskins on the other hand utilized all three of their running backs (Tim Hightower, Roy Helu, and Ryan Torain) and bull dozed their way all over the Rams.
Redskins Rushing Stats
Here I was all worried about the secondary getting burned but it was actually the run defense (lack there of) that became a contributing factor today.
Yes, there are a plethora of things to whine and moan about. I know. These are just a few things.
At least some things went right?
Painful doesn’t even begin to describe what Rams fans have to be feeling. Some were having flashbacks to the 2008 season and I don’t blame them one bit.
Let’s help ease some of that pain. Here are the weekly positive notes from the game.
- RB Steven Jackson scored his eighth receiving touchdown of his career and 56th overall, breaking a tie with Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch for fifth most in Rams history. Jackson rushed for 45 yards on 17 carries and caught four passes for 19 yards.
- With four receptions Sunday, Jackson now needs just two to tie Jim Phillips for eighth on the team’s all-time list. Jackson now has 331 career catches.
- CB Justin King recorded his first career interception when he picked off Rex Grossman early in the fourth quarter. King’s 51-yard return set up a 32-yard field goal by K Josh Brown that cut Washington’s lead to 17-3.
- P Donnie Jones punted eight times for an average of 45.0 yards per attempt and a net average of 42.1 yards per punt. In the process became the franchise’s all-time leader in career punting yards with 17,486, passing Dale Hatcher (17,302).
- LB James Laurinaitis intercepted Grossman late in the fourth quarter for his fourth-career interception.
- With interceptions by King and Laurinaitis, the Rams extended their streak of games consecutive games with at least one takeaway to 10.
- Laurinaitis and CB Bradley Fletcher tied for the team lead in tackles with seven, according to press box statistics.
- WR Austin Pettis caught four passes for 32 yards Sunday, and each of his four receptions went for first downs.
- S Darian Stewart was credited with three passes defensed and six tackles, according to press box stats.
- WR Danario Alexander led the Rams in receiving yards with 46 on three catches.
We’re going to have two full weeks to dissect and figure out what ails the Rams. It isn’t going to be pretty folks.