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RamView: Week 1 – Offensive Line

* Offensive line: Good enough to survive the game; not good enough to win it. Bradford was only sacked twice but took a ton of hits from the Arizona blitz. Darnell Dockett’s already made the 2011 Pro Bowl after nobody could block him today. Guy was in the Ram backfield as often as Jackson was, though he did not get either of the Rams’ sacks. One was by Wilson on a perfectly-timed blitz from deep in the Cardinal backfield. The other came from Calais Campbell, bull-rushing Jason Brown like he was nothing, though that may have been Jacob Bell’s block in the first place. The rare times the Rams got Dockett blocked, they made big plays. But, beating just about every Ram lineman at some point, Dockett was in Bradford’s face all day and forcing him to rush throws instead. Adam Goldberg couldn’t handle Dockett at all and had a poor game. Dockett went right by Rodger Saffold to blow up a screen left to Jackson for a huge loss. He went right by Jason Smith to get in Bradford’s face on a rollout right. Guy was everywhere. Joey Porter was kept fairly quiet, but somebody called Clark Haggans pressured Bradford plenty of times. Saffold got away with an obvious hold during the Rams’ TD drive after Porter smoked him right off the snap. But I’d give the young tackles about a C-minus. The veteran middle of the line really did not get it done. Other than Bell making like a Bering Sea icebreaker on Jackson’s 18-yard run in the 2nd, Jackson found nothing up the middle and anything he did gain was all on his own. Yeoman work by Jackson on blitz pickup helped keep Bradford in one piece more than anything. D’Marco Farr commented on radio that the Cardinals were timing the snap, that Bradford wasn’t varying his cadence. And maybe that’s it; it’s at least a big factor. The offensive line wasn’t as cohesive as it looked in preseason, and the Rams are going to have to get better play there one way or another.


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