Sunday, October 14, 2007

Rams dropped on their head again

The St. Louis Rams were dropped on their head again, during a 22-3 pounding from the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. All you really need to know about the Rams were Frerotte was the leading passer, Minor was the leading rusher and Hagans was the leading receiver and finished the game at QB! The Rams could do nothing on Sunday. Brian Leonard had 18 yards on 12 carries. When Frerotte was not getting his head beat in he was busy throwing 5 pics and losing a fumble. I don’t know what more you can say it was just awful. It just keeps getting worse. Not only did the Rams lose 22-3 to go to 0-6 on the season they lost more players during the game. The “tin-man” Drew Bennett once again missed an easy catch and bounced the ball up in the air for a Baltimore interception. Shortly after that he left with a hamstring injury. Through 6 weeks he has been awful. He has cost the Rams 2 interceptions, caught only 8 balls and has continual calf and hamstring issues. Is this another sign of a soft training camp? This is why we got Drew Bennett with Bruce out and Holt slowing Bennett was to fill in. Well he is filling in with nothing. Along with Bennett leaving Brett Romberg was taking off the field on a cart which is not a good sign. Once Romberg went out it was pretty much over for the Rams offense. Claude Terrell was out there, Gorin was at right tackle, etc. it is just a mess. Leonard Little went out with his nagging toe problems. Leonard did manage a sack and forced fumble, the following drive ended in a missed 35 yard FG from Jeff Wilkins. Then for no apparent reason with a minute to go in the game and trailing by 19 points Gus Frerotte was sent back to pass around his on 10 yard line hoping to throw a 20 point touchdown, instead he was leveled and had to leave the game. Why are we throwing a pass down 19 points? If that was not odd enough in typical Linehan fashion we still only have 2 QBs on the roster so say hello to Marques Hagans for a couple of kneel-downs. Why did we get rid of Fitzpatrick besides the fact that he was a Martz guy? Why do we have 4 tight ends but only 1 healthy QB? On the bright side we now will travel to Seattle who we only trail by 3 games.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Did the Rams make some off season mistakes?

Did the Rams make some off season mistakes? Let’s take a look. Marc Bulger threatened to sit out the preseason; the Rams gave in and gave him 65 million dollars. This is to a player with one good/great year and most of that was after the Rams were out of contention. Marc is already 30 and you are not even grooming a backup or looking at one. You trade a 5th round choice for James Hall and make him your starter. This is another 30 year old with one great year with the Lions. He was not good enough for the Lions to want him on D that has to make you wonder. So far he has played ok with 20 tackles and a sack which makes him the star of the D line so far which is not saying much. Drew Bennett gets a 6 year deal for 30 million dollars. Drew Bennett! Another one year wonder, and that was on a bad Titans team and he was basically the only receiver on the roster. He has 8 catches in limited action so far this year for the Rams. We are going into week 6 and he still does not seem to know the plays. This could be a costly pick up for the Rams. The Rams think they will eventually replace Bruce with Bennett but let’s be serious. Bennett has only had over 740 yards receiving one time in the NFL. Randy McMichael was given a 3 year contract for a team that already had 3 tight ends. Was there a need or did Linehan just want familiar faces? McMichael has 12 catches in 5 games but seems frustrated and wants to be a larger part of the offense. The bigger question is why did you spend early round picks on Byrd and Klopper and then still need to spend money on another tight end. We got Todd Johnson from the Bears to play safety and signed him to a 4 year contract. As bad as the Rams secondary has been and with all the injuries Johnson has still seem limited action. 10 tackles in 5 games and that was with Hill and Brown missing most of the time. With Carter with a broken foot we should see more of Johnson soon. However a four year contract for a player that is basically your 4th safety? It is obvious the Rams need to do a better job of judging talent and paying for it. Clifton Ryan this years 5th round pick has been the most productive draft pick through 5 weeks. I like Clifton but with a ton of picks in front of him we should be seeing more on the field from the St. Louis Rams.

Rams release cornerback Walls from AP

ST. LOUIS - Cornerback Lenny Walls, who struggled in three starts while the St. Louis Rams were short-handed due to injuries, was released Friday.
The Rams needed a roster spot when defensive tackle Claude Wroten was reinstated following a four-game drug suspension.
Walls was burned for two touchdown passes in a 35-7 loss at Dallas two weeks ago, his last start. He was a backup last week in a 34-31 loss to the Cardinals after Fakhir Brown returned from a drug suspension.
The other starting cornerback, Tye Hill, is expected back for Sunday's game in Baltimore after missing four games with a lower back injury. Walls had little value to the team on special teams, which factored into the move.
"It was a tough decision," coach Scott Linehan said. "I really like Lenny. It's just based on where he was going to be on the roster."
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