Monday, November 11, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Run the ball with Zac Stacy and control the time of possession.
If I'm Coach Fisher, I'd watch some of the Chargers vs. Colts tapes on which the Chargers ran the ball more against a porous Colts run defense. With Zac Stacy running the ball, the Rams can keep Andrew Luck on the sidelines for a long time and keep the defense well rested.
Pressure Andrew Luck and Play Better Pass Defense:
With Reggie Wayne injured, There's a bigger chance of Andrew Luck will rely on T.Y. Hilton and on Coby Fleener. And with a subpar offensive line, I won't be surprise if the Rams D-Line will have a good day similar to the Seahawks game. The Rams might have a much better day on stopping the run this week as Trent Richardson has yet to breakout as the Colt's best running but still the Rams will need treat Richardson like they treat Marshawn Lynch and not be complaicent (They should have learned from the CJ2k/Shonn Greene incident last week).
Avoid Turnovers and minimize play-killing penalties:
Rams should, at all cost, avoid committing turnovers in order for them to win the game. The Rams so far were able to minimize penalties that negates good plays and hope they can continues to do so.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
In a short week, the Rams will be facing a well rested Tennessee Titans who Jeff Fisher coached for over 10 seasons before coming to the Rams. This game will be the first time for Cortland Finnegan, William Hayes, Will Witherspoon and Jared Cook to face their former team and I'm sure they will "play hard for coach Fisher".
1.) Continue to Stop the Run: The Rams where very dominant last week when they hold Marshawn Lynch to only 2+ yards a carry. This time they will be facing a much swiftier opponent in Chris Johnson who is currently struggling to gain some ground yards. If they contain Chris Johnson the Rams chances of winning are very high.
2.) Play much better pass defense: Rams got burned twice by Russell Wilson twice despite sacking him 7 times. They will need to continue pressuring the quarterback using the front four.
3.) Feed the Juggernaut: Zac Stacy has been the consistent factor in the Rams offense averaging 5+ yards per carry. Continue to run the ball effective will keep the defense honest and help open up the pass.
4.) Just catch the ball: The Rams receivers MUST catch the balls pass to them as much as possible if they want to win.
5.) Limit penalties: The Rams will also need minimize penalties inorder to win.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
understand some of the critic's comments and praises about the game.
- Rams where able to establish the run game with Zac Stacy leading the charge (no pun intended).
- The Rams were able to produce defensive stops on key situation particulary in the red zone and force turnovers on defense and special teams
- There are almost no stupid penalties particularly in special teams.
- The Rams receivers need to catch the ball better specially play action plays. The one play with Sam Bradford passes to Chris Givens on a deep pass should have been a catch.
Arian Foster still racks up 100+ yard running the ball on 7.1 yards per carry which mean the run defense still needs fixing with the Rams facing a Carolina Panthers teams that likes to run the ball more with DeAngelo Williams and Cam Newton.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
After an unimpressive win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Rams are gonna face one of the league's top defense lead by the league's top sacker last season in the person of J.J. Watt. On the otherside of the ball, the Rams will also face one of the leagues best running back in Arian Foster. Basically this is the real test for the Rams.
Here are several keys so that the Rams can beat the Texans:
Establish the run to open up the pass:
The Rams are slowly establishing their running game by starting Zac Stacy for the 2nd straight week. The Texans got gashed by 49ers last week by running the ball effectively.
Stop the Texans running game:
With Matt Schaub struggling in the passing game, the Texans will have to run the ball using the one-two punch of Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Rams will have to be disciplined in their gap assignments and force the Texans to become one dimensional and force them to pass the ball more.
Avoid penalties at all cost:
For five straight weeks the Rams' Achilles heal is the penalties particularly in the special teams. The Rams should be disciplined enough to avoid these penalties in order for them to win the field position.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Rams where able to establish the running game as the Rams started Zac Stacy instead of Daryl Richardson. The offensive line where able to create running lanes and it evident on Stacy's stats (14 rushes on 78 yards). The passing game was average at best as Sam Bradford misses some of his passes to some of the open receivers and some of those incompletions are drops.
Overall, I would rate the defense as average as the same problems are present as with the last game. Pass defense is still spotty (as seen on the Justin Blackmon Touchdown) and the defensive line only produced 2 sacks against a Jaguars "sub-standard" offensive line. Rams however where able to limit Maurice Jones-Drew to a total 70 yards.
The only problem that I see on this unit is the persistent and recurring "stupid" penalties that kills the punt return plays by Tavon Austin. And the violators are the same people who commit the penalties for the past weeks. Personally if I'm Jeff Fisher, I'd start cutting players and put John Fassel's job on the line. I think Alan Lowry (of the Music City Miracle fame) is available, Les Snead should keep that in mind.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
After a quarter of a season the Rams just manage to post a 1-3 record with the last two games losing in a blow out.
As of now the Rams are in recovery mode for 10 days to fix their problematic offense and defense and here are some of the suggestions that MIGHT help
Hire Mike Martz: One of the most successful offensive coordinators in the Rams history is Mike Martz and it won't hurt to hire him as a consultant for now. With the personnel the Rams have I'm sure coach Martz would love to create some plays off of them.
Demote Tim Walton to DB Coach and promote Chuck Cecil as DC: The Rams have a bevy of experienced Defensive Coordinators in the current coaching and I'm scratching my head why up to know they promote any of them, in this case Chuck Cecil gets my vote to be promoted as DC and Tim Walton taking his place as secondary coach.
These are only my personal opinion but if the Rams wants to win their remaining games these suggestions are by far the best moves they can do.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Score early and fast:
For the last three games, the Rams have not scored in the first quarter and the win against Arizona was come from behind victory. If the Rams can score early and fast that would help them control the clock more in the later part of the game.
Establish the running game:
Regardless of not having an establish/talented runningback in the roster, the Rams should always establish the running game to keep it balanced. If they are to run a "running back by committee" approach then it's high time they do so by giving Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy some reps. That way they can exploit mismatches. They can even include Tavon Austin on this if needed.
Offensive line should step up
The offensive line has been good in pass protection but they have problems opening running lanes for the runningbacks. Giving the Richardson and Stacy some good running lanes would help the play action plays.
The Rams have three of the fastest receivers in the roster in Wide receivers Chris Givens, Tavon Austin and Tight End Jared Cook. Sam Bradford should take advantage of his weapons and not always to resort in check down passes.
As always one factor that the Rams lost in the last three games is penalties. If the Rams can plays smart football for 60 minutes the chances of winning are high.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Today the St. Louis Rams signed Max Starks to a one year deal. The signing of Starks shows that the Rodger Saffold will be out for several weeks due to a sprained MCL. Joe Barksdale will start at right tackle vs. the Dallas Cowboys.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Of all the position units, the running back unit will be the most scrutinized unit in the offense. Since Steven Jackson left to join the Atlanta Falcons, the unit is very young and unproven that Coach Fisher might adapt the running back by committee approach. On paper, Daryl Richardson would be the starter because of his performance in relief of Jackson but he still raw. Isaiah Pead was last year's 2nd round pick but he has not live up to his draft status and to make matters worse he is suspended for the season opener because of substance abuse. Zac Stacy is power runner who has the potential to become an 3rd down back because he lead the SEC in rushing for 2 straight year. The remaining runningback spots are being contested by Terrence Ganaway and Benny Cunningham.
Out of the Five Offensive line position, only the Left Guard position is still open with Chris Williams leading the competition. Shelley Smith is the other candidate to contest the position. Football experts are still skeptical of this unit because most of the starters are back from injuries AND the depth is a bit thin in terms of value.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Wide Receiver/Return specialist
I considered this as a steal for the Rams as Jones is very versatile that he can play ALL five positions very well that he has won Awards as the nations top offensive lineman. He is also very intelligent and a team player. I would assume Jones drop this low because of their concerns with his history of injuries. Jones will likely start at LG if not a backup to all five spots.
Round 5 pick#149
Brandon McGee Cornerback Miami Grade:B McGee not only fills the need for a cornerback depth left by Bradley Fletcher but also a good special teams player because of speed and is very physical his specialty is the "gunner" during punts and kick offs.
Round 5 pick#160
The Rams traded all 6th round pick to trade up in the 5th round and pick Zac Stacy. Stacy is not the typical "Big running back" in the Steven Jackson sense but he is.more of a compact "between the tackles" running back in the Ray Rice sense. .
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The reason why the Rams trade up to take Tavon Austin as the 8th overall pick is because of the unlimited potential of playing him anywhere in the offense may it be as a slot receiver or as a receiver out of the backfield. He is also a good kick and punt returner (similar to Darren Sproles).
Despite his stature, he is virtually durable and a sure handed receiver with blinding quickness.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
With only two days before the annual NFL draft, I just want to share my final Rams mock draft based on my personal research and reading some scouting reports online. The mock draft will be based on the current number of picks.
Round 1 pick #16
Safety - Texas
The Rams are fairly thin at both safety positions and they need playmakers on that position. Kenny Vaccaro is a hybrid safety that can play either strong or free safety to which Jeff Fisher likes.
Round 1 pick #22
Wide Receiver - Clemson
Rams needs an upgrade on their outside receiver position with the loss of Brandon Gibson. "Nuke" Hopkins is by far the most NFL ready wide receiver with the possibility of becoming one the top receiver since Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.
Round 2 pick #16
Guard/Tackle - Oregon
I picked Long because he's versatile, athletic and has the pedigree. Long can practically fill the LG spot or the RT spot if encase Saffold doesn't pan out.
Round 3 pick#16
Outside Linebacker - Rutgers
Rams urgently need to upgrade their SLB and Greene would be their best cover linebacker.
Round 4 pick #16
Running Back -Michigan State
Le'Veon Bell has been my choice as the big running back that Jeff Fisher likes.
Round 5 pick#16
Rams need add depth at interior of the offensive line specially at the center position because of Scott Wells' health concerns.
Round 6 pick #16
Cornerback - Illinois
I like Hawthorne because he a physical corner which I compared to Courtland Finnegan. He'll be the Dime Corner back which can cover the slot receivers or big Tight Ends.
Round 7 pick#16
Wide Receiver/Return specialist
Sanders will be upgrade over Janoris Jenkins or Chris Givens as the teams return specialist while adding depth at wide receiver.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
With the latest news that most draft experts expect that Tavon Austin will be off the boards before the Rams pick at #16 so I updated my latest mock draft.
Round 1a - Kenny Vaccaro, FS
Round 1b (trade down) - Kyle Long OT/OG
Round 2- Terrence Williams, WR
Round 3a- Marcus Lattimore, RB
Round 3b- Barrett Jones OG/C
Round 4- Zaviar Gooden, OLB
Round 5- T.J. Moe, WR/PR
Round 6- David Bass, DE
Round 7- Best CB available
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
http://first-pick.com/NFL/DraftGame.aspx and here are my picks and the grade
given per pick:
Round 1 Pick 16: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (A)
Round 1 Pick 22: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia (A)
Round 2 Pick 17 (NYG): Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International (A)
Round 3 Pick 19 (NYG): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State (B-)
Round 3 Pick 20 (MIA): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State (B)
Round 4 Pick 14 (MIA): D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina (B+)
Round 4 Pick 22 (WASH): Justin Pugh, OG, Syracuse (A)
Round 5 Pick 21 (WASH): Khaled Holmes, C, Southern California (A)
Round 5 Pick 29 (WASH): Adrian Bushell, CB, Louisville (A)
Round 6 Pick 16: David Bass, DE, Missouri Western State (A-)
Round 7 Pick 16: Michael Williams, TE, Alabama (A)
Had I traded down on the 1st round I could at least get another WR somewhere. By the end of the draft I should assume the Rams sign T.J. Moe who goes undrafted at the end of this virtual draft.
Missing out on Kenny Vaccarro resulted on me picking both Cyprien and Swearinger.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
This is another offseason on which I considered a "work in progress" as the Rams where able upgrade key areas of the offense by signing Pro Bowl LT Jake Long and TE Jared Cook. With these signings the upcoming draft will at least focus on area left void by the loss of Danny Amendola and All-Pro Steven Jackson.
Round 1A: FS Kenny Vaccaro (Texas)
The Rams needed some serious upgrade at FS as Craig Dahl has been targeted many times by opposing QB. Vaccaro can cover slot receivers and TE's and he is also good in run support.
Round 1B: WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson)
The Rams needs to replace the loss of Brandon Gibson and Hopkins is one of those late 1st round WR's available.
Round 2: OT/OG Kyle Long (Oregon)
The Rams needed some depth at OT spot as well as possible starter at LG. Kyle Long is physical freak and is good in both run and pass blocking.
Round 3: Zaviar Gooden SLB (Missouri)
The Rocky MacIntosh experiment is a failure and Mario Haggans is 32. Gooden is considered the best LB in terms of pass coverage.
Round 4: Le'Von Bell RB (Michigan State)
With the loss of Steve Jackson, the Rams needed a big back to compliment Daryl Richardson
Round 5: Barrett Jones OG/C (Alabama)
Jones is one most versatile lineman in this draft and can play all five positions but his strength is at either at guard or a center. Jones can be the solution to the loss of Rob Turner.
Round 6: David Bass DE (Missouri Western)
Bass is one of those potential gems coming from the small school is Missouri Western which Greg Zuerlein attended too.
Round 7: T.J. Moe WR (Missouri)
Another Missouri product which I view as a member much tougher version of Danny Amendola.