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Every Play Counts: Jake Long vs. Chris Long
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 2nd 2008 1:00PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Dolphins, Rams
The Miami Dolphins selected offensive tackle Jake Long with the first pick in this year’s NFL draft. The St. Louis Rams selected defensive end Chris Long with the second pick. On Sunday, they did battle at the Edward Jones Dome.

The Dolphins won the game, but who won the individual battle? I explore in this week’s edition of Every Play Counts.Continue Reading

Dolphins 16, Rams 12: Rams Are Better With Steven Jackson, Just Not Good Enough
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Nov 30th 2008 5:08PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Dolphins, Rams, AFC East, NFC West The Rams were a significantly better team on Sunday than they had been the past three games. That team was easily worse than the Detroit Lions, but it seemed like Steven Jackson being back changed the complexion of everything, including the defense and special teams. Well, everything except the man taking snaps.

Jackson ran the ball 21 times and gained 94 yards. Josh Brown and Donnie Jones were excellent kicking and punting, and the defense held the Miami Dolphins to only 16 points. Alas, it still wasn’t enough for a Rams victory. Marc Bulger — despite good run support from Jackson and Antonio Pittman — was simply dreadful. He connected on less than half his pass attempts and was intercepted three times — including a game-ender on their last-gasp attempt, when he badly overthrew Derek Stanley.

A head-to-head battle between the top two draft picks was also of interest. Jake Long was squaring off against Chris Long. Considering Chris didn’t record a single stat, it would appear Jake got the best of Howie’s kid. It was a close matchup, though, as Chris wasn’t severely abused by any means. Both have worlds of potential in this league moving forward.Continue Reading

There Are An Unusual Amount Of Bad Teams in the NFL This Year
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Nov 26th 2008 12:56PM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Bengals, Chiefs, Lions, Raiders, Rams, Seahawks Looking at the NFL standings, there is an interesting trend forming. Right now, 20 of the NFL’s 32 teams have a record at or above .500. That is 63% of the league. There are three divisions who don’t have a team with a losing record.

To feed wins to all those teams you need some really, really, really bad teams taking all the losses. That’s the issue with the NFL this season. Detroit (0-11), Kansas City (1-10), Cincinnati (1-9-1), Seattle (2-9) and St. Louis (2-9) are a combined 6-48.

It is so bad that the freakin’ Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers have three wins apiece and the Denver Broncos can actually lead a division. The Arizona Cardinals have all but won their division already and will host a playoff game for the first time since 1947.

Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria!Continue Reading

Super Sized Zebra Report: More Roughness, Chargers Fans, and a Free Kick
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Nov 25th 2008 12:00PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Bills, Broncos, Browns, Chargers, Colts, Cowboys, Packers, Raiders, Rams, Redskins, Steelers, AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West, NFL RefereesFirst of all, my apologies to those legions of loyal Zebra Report fans. Last week some things arose personally which prevented me from compiling my report. I do, however, still have listed most of the plays I was going to cover for last week, so we’ll just tackle both this week in a double-issue of sorts. Does that sound good? (You do realize I don’t care about your answer, since officials don’t listen to fan feedback, right?)

Week 11

- The Troy Polamalu . This has been covered everywhere. There’s no real need to rehash it much. With an illegal forward pass, as long as it didn’t hit the ground, the Steelers should have been able to either accept the penalty or the result of the play (which would have meant declining the penalty). Obviously, they’d take the result of the play since it was a touchdown.Continue Reading

Rams Botch Fake Punt; on Upside, Bears Ensuing Touchdown Didn’t Affect Outcome
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Nov 24th 2008 2:15PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Rams, NFC North It’s not like the Rams had a shot at beating the Bears yesterday, but I’m sure it must be frustrating for, well, everybody even remotely involved in the team. And that includes those fans who regularly waste three hours a week to watch them, or worse, fork over money to see the horror unfold in person.

Whatever, St. Louis has now dropped five straight, and could only must three points against Chicago. And while one play didn’t decide the game, the fake punt that went horribly awry was certainly memorable for head coach Jim Haslett. Punter Donnie Jones tried to complete a pass to Eric Bassey on fourth-and-15, except Bassey was mauled before the ball arrived. Pass interference, right? Uh, no. As Haslett correctly reasoned, “there is no pass interference on a fake punt.” Huh, that sucks.

But it gets worse. Apparently, the Rams had no business even attempting a fake punt in that situation. “It was dumb play by the upback to call on a fourth-and-15, that’s what it was,” Haslett said. “We … worked … all week for if it was fourth-and-less-than-10. This was fourth-and-15. The chances of getting it done aren’t very good.” “Aren’t very good” is being optimistic, I think. Naturally, Bears rookie running back Matt Forte would rip off a 47-yard touchdown run two plays later, and Chicago would take a comfortable 21-0 lead with just over 30 minutes to go.

For the glass-is-half-full set: there are just 300 minutes remaining in the Rams’ 2008 season. So there’s that.

Richie Incognito Continues to Endear Himself to St. Louis Fans
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Nov 24th 2008 6:15PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Rams, NFC West, NFL Fans
Leading up to a home game against the close-in-distance Chicago Bears, Richie Incognito fired a few pre-emptive words at St. Louis Rams fans. You know, the same fans who are watching an absolutely pathetic attempt at fielding a professional football team right now.

During the game, the Rams were booed a bit, but it wasn’t overly obnoxious, for the most part, and it wasn’t nearly as much as the team deserved, really. Incognito and his mates on the offensive line paved the way for 14 rushing yards on 19 attempts. They also allowed the Bears to notch five sacks, which is more than they had in the previous five games combined. Incognito himself even found time — in the midst of being abused by Tommie Harris — to throw in a false start penalty to boot.

So I guess, considering it was just last week that he said they needed to play better, that Incognito felt like the scattered boos were deserved? Um, not really. Before stepping into the tunnel, Incognito cupped his hands to his ears, apparently egging on angry Rams fans to spew more venom his way.Continue Reading

Bears 27, Rams 3: The Embarrassment Continues in St. Louis
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Nov 23rd 2008 4:30PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Rams, NFC North, NFC West, NFL Coaching I don’t care if the Lions go 0-16 — and they probably will. There is no way they are worse than the St. Louis Rams. The Chicago Bears dominated every facet of the game this week, but the Rams are getting pretty used to being embarrassed, as this is the third straight week they’ve faced a deficit of at least 21 points at halftime. The score could have been much worse, but the Bears completely shut it down in the second half.

I believe the overall futility of the team was nicely summed up at the 11:15 mark of the fourth quarter. The Rams were trailing by 24 points, and faced a 4th-and-2 from the Bears’ 28-yard line. It would have done very little to impact the game if they tacked on three points. Regardless, Jim Haslett sent out the field goal unit. The crowd booed quite loudly — it was actually the most noise made by Rams’ fans all game — so Haslett reacted and sent the offense back out on the field. Only now they didn’t have enough time on the play clock to run a play, so they had to use a timeout.

After the timeout, the Rams did gain the first down, but then threw an interception a few plays later.Continue Reading

Richie Incognito Excited for Bears Fans, Because They Actually Make Noise
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Nov 21st 2008 11:00AM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Rams, NFC North, NFC West, NFL Fans The last time the Chicago Bears visited St. Louis, they were in the middle of a Super Bowl run. According to several reports, the Rams had to use a silent count — again, at home — because the Bears fans were overrunning the Edward Jones Dome. Considering the fact that the Bears are tied for first and the Rams are quite embarrassing right now, expect a repeat in the spectator department. I know Richie Incognito does: “It seems like our fans aren’t coming to the game, so it’s fun when the other fans come in and start hooting and hollering - you know what I mean?” Incognito said Thursday. “At least someone is in the dome yelling. We don’t worry about noise. (Bears fans) can be as loud as they want. We deal with noise on the road; we deal with noise at home.” So he’s jabbing at the St. Louis fans for not attending games, and not making noise when they do. It didn’t stop there.Continue Reading

Marc Bulger Still Rams’ Quarterback, Steven Jackson Already Ruled Out
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Nov 18th 2008 2:10PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Rams, NFC North, NFC West, NFL Injuries, NFL Coaching Marc Bulger has been having an atrocious season. His quarterback ranking is 28th in the league, behind the likes of J.T. O’Sullivan, Dan Orlovsky, and Gus Frerotte. The Rams have been embarrassed for two straight weeks.

And yet, they are sticking with their quarterback. “We’re going to stick with Marc,” coach Jim Haslett said Monday. “Just talking to all the offensive coaches upstairs, they think that Marc right now still gives us our best chance to win.” Therein lies my disagreement with Haslett. At 2-8, the Rams’ season is in the tank. I’d let Brock Berlin play. You never know, I mean, Matt Cassel was a backup in college and he’s starting to play well for the Patriots. Maybe you catch lightning in a bottle and don’t need to draft a quarterback in the first round next year.

Of course, whoever is taking snaps this week will, once again, be playing without the offense’s marquee player. Steven Jackson has already been ruled out with his strained thigh muscle. I’m relieved the announcement this week happened so quickly and matter-of-factly, too, because the past three or four weeks we’ve heard that it was a game-time decision.Continue Reading

Orlando Pace Hurt, Rams Pathetic Offense to Get Worse
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Nov 17th 2008 3:21PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Rams, NFC West, NFL Injuries I’ve already covered the past two embarrassing displays by the Rams. Well, things are about to get worse. Orlando Pace, the sturdy offensive tackle who held down the line through the Rams mini-dynasty in the NFC West, may have a torn MCL. He’ll be out for a month if MRI test confirm a tear this week. I found this quote particularly hilarious from the big fella concerning a possible tear in that specific ligament. “I had one in ‘01 and went to the Super Bowl championship game, but I think this is a little bit different than that.” Yeah, just a tad bit different. I’m picturing one of those balancing scales you use in middle school science classes. On one side is a Super Bowl team, and on the other is the 2008 Rams. How broken is that scale?

This isn’t anything new for Pace or the Rams, really. From 1999 through the 2005 season, Pace made seven consecutive Pro Bowls. But including Sunday’s game, he has played in only 18 of 42 contests since the start of the 2006 season because of shoulder, triceps, thigh and concussion injuries.Just because they are used to it doesn’t make things easier for the Rams. They face what will be a very infuriated Bears defensive front in Week 12. They’ll need all the blocking help they can get.

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