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Mike Sando posted his observations from the Rams game.  One thing he mentioned that I did not was the play of Randy McMichael since this was his first game back.

Tight end Randy McMichael. He caught passes for 10 and 15 yards. McMichael also decked the Jets’ Calvin Pace to help spring Steven Jackson. Pace quickly retaliated by beating McMichael in pass protection. Overall, though, this was a good night for McMichael in his first game back from a broken leg.

Rams Herd has an excellent recap with our twitter observations from during the game (some by yours truly).

More recap after the jump!

Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch has his plusses and minuses for the game and this minus was obvious to me as both David Roach and Todd Johnson had less than stellar games.

Minuses: Two missed tackles by backup safety David Roach. . .what appeared to be a blown coverage by backup safety Todd Johnson. . .2-for-12 third-down conversion rate for offense. . .6-for-13 third-down conversion rate for defense. . .blitz pickup in general.

Turf Show Times has a full recap including player highlights. To quote VanRam.

Unfortunately, right after that, Justin King for burned for 48 yards, making the rookie Sanchez look good and precipitating a flood of message board posts at the PD’s Rams Talk tomorrow about why we should have drafted him. The Jets ulimately scored on that drive, using another play of 20+ yards to get there. The combination of a foiled offensive drive and a couple defensive miscues made it a close game, closer than it needed to be.

The sync between our front seven and defensive backfield looks to be the weakest link right now. Did any of the cornerbacks impress? Quincy Butler seemed overly concerned with playing the ball more than the receiver, giving my theory of camp hero some credibility.
Justin King was the opposite of Quincy Butler, as King had a hard time playing anything else besides the receiver.  He always guarded the receiver and never looked back for the ball. He’s got the physical skills, he just needs to look back for the ball.
All in all, it was a good game, with the Rams 3rd-stringers fighting for the win.  The Jets used very exotic (for the preseason) blitzes to stall the Rams drives on several occasions.  Rex Ryan also used the unseemly tactic of calling a timeout right as the field goal was kicked.  But, he used it right before half time…of the first preseason game.  Rex Ryan seemed to want to win badly with the all those tactics.  Any coach that uses the timeout right before the field goal strategy in on my bad list, even moreso in the preseason.  Rex Ryan, you are officially on the list.

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