RamView: Week 8 – Offensive Line

You know something? Give Renardo Foster a game ball. Hearing Friday afternoon that he’d be starting in place of the concussed once-again Jason Smith was plenty of reason for concern. And he had a sequence early in the game where he followed a holding penalty by missing a blocking assignment and letting James Anderson through for a sack. Beyond that, though, you didn’t hear his name called all day, and Bradford wasn’t sacked again all day. Given some of the Rams’ misadventures at backup RT in the past, Foster’s ability to bounce off the bench and play reasonably well was a key to today’s win. Heck, Foster might have been the best Rams o-lineman today, though I’d tend to give that award to Adam Goldberg just for absolutely flattening his man on Jackson’s 8-yard sweep right in the 2nd. Otherwise, I fear the line missed Smith as a run-blocker a bit. They certainly had trouble establishing the run against a Panther team that’s been getting run on all year. Rodger Saffold was beaten badly on an early Jackson sweep left that lost 4 and got beat on a blitz that got Jackson stuffed in the 2nd. He had the key block, though, on a 14-yarder in the 2nd, Jackson’s longest run of the day. The letdown on the line was really by a couple of the veterans. Jacob Bell was beaten a couple of times on stuffed run plays, but Jason Brown appeared to struggle the most. He couldn’t clear out the LB on a Jackson run Carolina stuffed in the 1st. And the line got away with failing to take over the game with the lead. They couldn’t get Jackson any room up the middle in the 3rd. He couldn’t find any room on the right in the 4th. Brown’s holding penalty forced the Rams to settle for a late FG. Up 20-10, the line failed at its last chance to put the game away when Carolina stuffed Jackson up the middle on 3rd-and-2. The Ram defense had to put the game away instead. The team won despite the o-line not really winning the line of scrimmage, which is unusual. Today was good enough to get by, but the o-line will need to do a better job answering the bell the second half of the season.


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  1. JimJam says:

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