Well, the new look Rams look pretty much like the old Rams. Going into the second quarter Bradford had been sacked once and Clemens twice. Steven Jackson took a lot of snaps in the 1st quarter. He looked smooth, powerfull, and confident. This was the exact opposite of rookie speedster Isaiah Pead. Pead is quick, but he had difficulty keeping his balance and turned the ball over twice (1st half). Bradford looked ok. He threw some nice passes, but he also threw some bad passes while under pressure. Bradford attempted 1 long pass which led veteran receiver Steve Smith out of bounds. On passing plays Fisher spread the ball around. Only 3 receivers had more than 1 reception (Pettis, Kendricks, and Smith) in the first half. The Rams also had several penalties that halted drives. The Rams’ only score in the first half was a 37 yard field goal by rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein.
The defense was simply picked apart by rookie QB sensation Andrew Luck. The Rams were able to get pressure on Luck, but it didn’t stop him from making completions. The first offensive play of the game saw Luck getting pressured out of the pocket and dumping a short outlet pass to Brown who then ran 63 yards for a TD. As bad as this looked, I did see an illegal hold and a push in the back giving Brown some running room which was not picked up by the replacement referees. Luck stayed in long past his counterpart Bradford and like I said… he picked apart our defensive secondary. On one play rookie Janoris Jenkins looked to have an interception, but instead the ball somehow got past him resulting in a Colts reception. Luck completed 2 TD passes for what could be called an exceptional debut. (Luck 10-16 for 188 yards and 2 TDs versus Bradford’s stats of 7-9 for 57 yards and zero TDs).
Prior to today’s game the Rams have only had a few opportunities to practice in full pads. So, even though this first outing was not impressive, it also shouldn’t be the cause of too much alarm. I expect to see consistent improvement over the next 3 weeks leading up the regular season. Next week the Rams play the Chiefs at the Edward Jones Dome. We’ll be looking for some improvement in this home opener.