Friday, August 27, 2010

Preseason #3

Well any doubts about the Rams improvement and Sam Bradford's potential were erased in one half of football against the Patriots. Not flashy like the GSOT days but effective runs with mid range passes moved the offense to an impressive halftime lead. The defense limited the Patriots to one score for the half, and only one first down in the 1st quarter.

The final score is inconsequential during the preseason but for this team a win is a good sign at any juncture.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Preseason :Rams vs Vikings

The Bradford era in St Louis has begun. That thud you here is a result of another "here we go again" performance by the guys in Horns.

Good: Bradford's poise and surgically repaired right shoulder that absorbed 4 sacks.
Special teams returner Danny Amendola providing the Rams only points.
Larry Grant at OLB made some plays and played, well, like a LB that was drafted by the 49ers.

Bad: LT Rodger Saffold had some noticeable trouble with the Vikings speed rushers.
The Rams WR got little or no separation from the Vikings DB's

Ugly: Every Rams RB that played and the subsequent run blocking
Former 1st round Tackle Jason Smith who provided an early test of Mr Bradford's surgically repaired shoulder.
Last but not least OC Pat Shurmur's dink and dunk offense that provided Rams fans to moan all of last year. Example 3 and 6 expect a 4 yard pass to a covered fullback, Tight end, or Tackle eligible.
Blown coverages from LB's and DB's.

Just the first preseason game I keep telling myself, let's see if real improvement materializes next week.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Training Camp 2010

The Rams signed their franchise QB a few days into camp, and with that the 2010 season got underway. The more reports that I read on line by fans makes me believe that until last year's number one pick Jason Smith returns to the starting line up (broken toe), the Rams need to be careful with Bradford. The offensive line shows promise when healthy, but having rookie Rodger Saffold starting at LT worries me, even though he has had a strong beginning to camp.

I'll reserve any judgement until I see a few preseason games, but this team on paper looks improved. How much improvement we can expect is the big question.