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RamView: Week 11 – Part IV

RamView, November 22, 2009
From Row HH
(Report and opinions on and from the game.)
Game #10: Arizona 21, Rams 13

* Offensive line: Offensive line mistakes really botched the ending of the game. Dockett clubbed his way around RG Mark Setterstrom like he wasn’t even there on the play that concussed Bulger. Alex Barron got whipped right off the snap on the Rams’ last play. Setterstrom was at RG because Jason Smith appeared to suffer a concussion and Adam Goldberg, who’d already played RG and a little LT in the game, bounced out to RT. Where he committed a critical penalty, a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct very few living humans actually saw, to throw up a big roadblock in the Rams’ 4th-quarter comeback attempt. Pass protection was good enough. Arizona had a strong outside rush but the Rams kept it behind Bulger and gave him room to step up. Jackson hasn’t been getting enough credit for his improvement picking up the blitz. The other two Cardinal sacks were coverage sacks; Bulger got plenty of time to unload. Run-blocking was the problem today, with Arizona controlling the middle of the field. Jackson got stuffed several times running into Jacob Bell or Jason Brown getting knocked backward. Bell ended up on the ground on the failed 4th-and-1 run in the 2nd, and I think that messed up the plant for Jackson’s leap. I’m not sure Jackson had a middle run over 3 yards all game. His success was bouncing outside. Barron helped him get 11 in the 1st. Smith and McMichael’s double-team was the linchpin to Jackson’s 48-yard run. Bell sat on his man and Barron cleared out the left side on Jackson’s TD run in the 4th. They’re faring decently despite injuries and shuffling around, but the late mistakes and losing out to Arizona up the middle were critical factors this week.

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