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RamView: Week 14 – Part 4

* Offensive line: Richie Incognito continues to make headlines with his play. His idiotic play. He killed the Rams’ 2nd drive by headbutting a Titan well after the play was over. That got him benched. For one whole play. He made it through two whole drives before drawing ANOTHER personal foul, the kind of late block on a vulnerable defensive player that referees have been looking out for for years now, but Incognito is too stupid and too dirty a player to  resist it. That got him benched for the rest of the game, and he should stay on that bench until he gathers moss.  I’d wish Incognito good luck next year at Oakland or Cincinnati or whatever franchise is stupid enough to covet his “hard-nosed” play, but I can’t, because nothing about the guy is good for football. I’ll only pray he doesn’t injure himself, or far more likely, another player someday with his bone-headed Neanderthal play. With or without Incognito, and Mark Setterstrom was certainly acceptable in his place, run-blocking was mostly awful. First drive, 2nd-and-6, Fells and Alex Barron both run up to make 2nd-level blocks. Nobody blocks Kyle Vanden Bosch, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM. 2-yard loss. Jason Brown killed a drive with a hands-to-the-face penalty, killing a couple of good Jackson runs. One behind Adam Goldberg and a Jacob Bell pull block, and the other, admittedly, behind Incognito. Barron hurt the next drive with the billionth false start of his career, and Keith Bulluck sneaked behind Bell’s pull to stop Jackson for no gain. A 2nd-quarter drive was a real o-line cluster… bomb. William Hayes beat McMichael to drop Jackson for a loss, then whipped Fells to blow up an end around for a huge loss. Null nearly got killed on 3rd down after Barron blocked the wrong guy. Incognito topped off the turd sundae with personal foul #2. Another great drive to end the 3rd. Jackson lost 4 after Bell got knocked to the ground in front of him. Next play, Setterstrom false-starts. Goldberg got beat later to cost Jackson another loss, as nobody on the line could avoid some kind of major screw-up today. Pass protection was passable, thanks to a quick-tempo passing game and Null having the presence to step up out of edge pressure a lot. The only sack was a combination of Null holding the ball too long and Bell getting bullrushed, more like bulldozed, by Tony Brown. Bell injured himself later trying to chase down an INT return and was replaced by John Greco. Injuries have unquestionably affected the offensive line this year, but there’s little excuse for the number of mental and undisciplined errors they made today.

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